If Indian journalism is uniformly second-rate, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Aakarbhai.
Let Kanchan Gupta of The Pioneer tell you a story:
“The popular Gujarati newspaper Sandesh had an interesting story about aspiring journalists who appeared for this year’s entrance test for the media course offered by Saurashtra University.
“I have no idea about the quality of the course, but it would be safe to presume that those who applied for admission are from average middle-class families, representatives of what political parties, particularly the Congress, refer to as aam admi—the common man, average Indian, or whatever term you may want to use for the masses.
“The answer scripts have revealed that among the applicants are those who believe Warren Anderson is a Hollywood superstar and (though not connected with the Bhopal tragedy) Teesta Setalvad is a Bollywood actress.”
Journalism students please note: activist Teesta is a former journalist at Ashok Advani‘s Business India. Sandesh is India’s first stock-market listed newspaper
Read the full piece: Rip van Winkle wakes up to Bhopal