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Imagine a modern retelling of George Orwell’s 1984: the protagonist, Winston Smith, writes codes offline, as his internet service provider has installed “packet sniffers”, as regulated by the government under the Patriot Act. Television gets him in a frenzy by exaggerating stereotypes of racial and religious minorities, homosexuals, and everyone else. Big Brother, the Two Minutes Hate, the Thought Police, Doublethink, and the ingratiating yet deceiving smiles of people around him erode each speck of Smith’s reality. Everything turns out to be a mere fabrication. I liked 1984 even better after a third reading. The question I kept asking myself

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Srinagar, Kashmir: The Indian army enacted an “encounter”, reportedly on Friday, for some Indian news channels after they  failed to capture the exchange of fire between the militants and the troops, in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, in which five Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed. A local news gathering agency, CNS, reports that the overnight encounter between the Indian army and militants in Indian-controlled North Kashmir’s Preng area of Kangan occurred in the absence of media and no Indian news channel was able to capture the live shots. Soon after the General Commanding Officer, Victor Force concluded his press briefing,

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By News Desk Hurriyat Conference (M) today lashed out at the Indian media and mainstream political parties ‘for deliberately engaging in a political onslaught to distract attention from the ground situation in Kashmir resulting from Afzal Guru’s hanging’. The Hurriyat spokesperson in a press statement issued from Srinagar said that Afzal Guru’s hanging has angered and anguished Kashmiris.,He addded that diversionary tactics will not hide the fact that the sentiments of Kashmiris have yet again been treated with utter contempt and disregard. The Hurriyat (M) spokesperson stated that Kashmir was a raging conflict that has real dimensions that affect the

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Freedom of speech always comes under the pressure of the rulers. In conflict places like Kashmir, being one of the world’s long standing conflict, restrictions on mediums of communication are a daily exercise. In 2008, when the Amarnath Land Row started in summer there were number of local cable television news channels in Valley. Channels like Vaadi TV, Sen Tv, 9 TV were known for their daily reporting of the events. State didn’t like such coverage by these channels and they ordered them to stop telecasting news for longer durations first and later they banned them completely. Many news anchors

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By Adil Langoo For all manners and purposes, the world in its entirety has evolved. From the time of inquisitions and heresies, from war and conquering, it has also suffered a lot. The modern world, particularly the west and democracies like India seem to have misunderstood the arguments that John Stuart Mill once gave in favor of freedom of expression. They seem to have forgotten how truth after great scrutiny does surface over time. How what we believe to be false always contains an element of truth to it. How horrible it is to sabotage freedom of expression. The world

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Outlookindia.com | By Arundhati Roy Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “Pay your respects to our new Ruler.” Antilla: Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home in Mumbai Antilla belongs to India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. I had read about this most expensive dwelling ever built, the twenty-seven floors, three helipads, nine lifts, hanging gardens, ballrooms, weather rooms, gymnasiums, six

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Gowhar Bhat, a journalist, was beaten up by police in Lal Chowk, Srinagar in 2010 when he was covering a street protest. One forms a perspective based on two things: what one gets to see, and one’s own sense of reasonability, sensibility and logic. Quite often, in the case of many, it is the lack of both. The ideas and opinions I hold of Kashmir today are based on what I have seen, mostly from afar, and the sense that I have tried to make of it. Most of these have been from the point of view of a journalist

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A parcel bomb blast in Srinagar office of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) changed the life of its then correspondent, Yusuf Jameel. He still sits in the same office but never dares to sit in the same room where he lost his friend in the blast. Jameel was born in 1958, started his career as a writer when he was in college. He used to write for his college magazine Aabshaar (in Urdu), of which he later became an editor. He was a regular contributor to Khaleej Times, Blitz (Bombay) and Munsif (Hyderabad) before joining a local daily Aftaab as

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Public opinion runs unabated in the media – this notion is one of the most spectacular achievements in the world today. Masses are made to believe that the media is liberal, when it is only propagandized to advocate the conservative corporate interests and to obey an esurient political class – the ever powerful lobby which has the power of distribution, of decision making, of production and of financial operations. By rationale, masses have been induced to thraldom for generations. Media, for decades, has been a slave to external power. What is dictated by an elite few becomes news. Thus, there

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