Archive for February 20th, 2008

The perils of an Indian correspondent in the US

20 February 2008

K.P. Nayar in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

“For an Indian journalist based in the United States of America, the worst professional nightmare these days is the sudden appearance of a red “Breaking News” banner on the CNN screen, announcing yet another university shooting.

“It invariably sends me and my colleagues from other Indian newspapers in Washington scrambling for the telephone numbers of international student faculty advisers and office-bearers of Indian student associations in the US university where the latest gun violence has erupted.

“This month, in just one week between February 7 and 14, when the most recent carnage occurred in Northern Illinois University near Chicago, I had to cancel appointments and reorganize my schedule on five days to check on breaking television news for possible Indian or Indian-American students or academics among the victims of America’s campus gun-culture.”

Read the full article: Shot in the school

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