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Vir, More of exasperated rant than a question. Looks like the things we worried abt(pre May 2014) of Modi regime are coming true and there is nothing much we liberals(or any decent human being) can do about it.Help us see the silver lining if there is any/ Will the 'Idea of India' survive the onslaught of 'Modi's Idea of India'

Posted By: Shiv  |  Posted On: 26 Jun 2017  |  City: NYC

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  If Modi gets a second term, which seems likely at present, then Nehru's idea of India is dead. 
 
Let's be clear about that.

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what I find missing in Virtuosity programs is YOUR take on what is being discussed, and perhaps even if its a minute maybe you need to include it in the program, surely can be squeezed in?
During Jairam Ramesh' discussion i found it frustrating that you were about to tell us the three things you learnt about Indira Gandhi from his book, and that dolt didnt let you even mention one.
Perhaps you can share your views now - would be the best review for the book!!

Posted By: Malini Jain  |  Posted On: 24 Jun 2017  |  City: Bhopal

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 I find that too much of Indian television is about the anchor's own view. So Virtuosity is an attempt to redress the balance -- in some small way. 
 
As for India Gandhi, no, I am not a fan.
 

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Vir, why do media folks engage with eggheads on twitter? Particularly those who make outrageous, extreme, abusive, slanderous claims. Its obvious its a fake handle and someone who wants to be provocative
But equally, his opinions unlikely to be shared byeond a fringe niche
Why feed the fire? Till Twitter acts on them better to mute and ignore them no?

Posted By: Shlok   |  Posted On: 24 Jun 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 I don't often interact with fake handles so not sure which media folks you mean. 

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What a joy to watch Virtuosity. Inarguably the best show in the cacophony called Indian news media. Please don't stop doing the show because you get tied up with useless (for me) food articles. Only show I watch regularly on any news media (India or US) is yours.

Posted By: Munir  |  Posted On: 22 Jun 2017  |  City: Seattle

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 You are much too kind. Thank you so much.

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Hello Vir,
It seems as if nuanced journalism is moving towards internet based dissemination (for example, The Wire, Newslaundry) although it still exists in some of the shows on TV and in magazines/newspapers. What are your views on it? Does the internet based medium reduces dependency on advertisements/owners and gives more editorial freedom ? Do you think there would be more senior editors joining/starting internet based news agencies? Thanks.

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 15 Jun 2017  |  City: Chicago

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 There is a basic problem with Internet journalism: it doesn't make money. 
 
In theory, this is odd because Internet journalism is cheaper to do and requires no expenditure on paper, presses, hawkers, etc. But the same people who are willing to pay for newspapers seem less willing to pay for content on the net. Moreover, there is much more real estate available to advertisers in a newspaper than there is on a screen.  
 
Perhaps these issues will be resolved over time. 

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1.) 300+?! But it's not been achieved 2 in a row since PM Nehru? There r many states such as south North East and some UTs where BJP still hasn't penetrated. U left that point out.
2.) On DEMONeti were you suggesting as a jour no that people have bought the bitter pill argument whether it's actually helped or not has become irrelevant? That's what i've noticed too.

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 13 Jun 2017  |  City: Kremlin

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 Modi's success depends on concentrated support in such states as UP. That's why he won a majority with only 32 per cent of the national vote. The results of the UP Assembly election suggest that he might be able to repeat that feat.
 
I have  seen no evidence that demonetization has been an economic success. But there's lots of evidence to suggest that it has been politically popular.
 

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I remember your 2013 article predicting Narendra Modi Victory. But I found your article of December 2013 more interesting. The artcile in which you fiugured out that parties like AAP could split the congress votes and this help the BJP romp home. Will the third front and AAP combine still manage the split the congress votes in 2019?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 13 Jun 2017  |  City: Delhi

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Who knows? A lot could happen in two years. Let's wait and see. 

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As secularists can we take heart from Jeremy Corbyn's unexpectedly strong showing? If a man like him, ridiculed and dismissed by the UK media (ring a bell?) can do this well then why can't Rahul Gandhi surprise us all in 2019?

Posted By: Ashfaq  |  Posted On: 09 Jun 2017  |  City: Baltimore MD

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 Anything can happen in politics. Did you really expect Trump to win? And it now looks as though the Democrats would have won if Bernie Sanders (seen as a Corbyn figure) had been their nominee instead of Hillary.
 
I still remember waking up in 2004 and rubbing my eyes in disbelief when I discovered that the BJP was trailing. I had believed that Vajpayee's reelection was a sure thing. 

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While you make several cogent points for another 7 years of Modi, the writing on the wall seems to say something else.
With a withering economy and unemployment on the rise, compared to the UPA rule the overwhelming message sadly is that corruption leads to growth
And BJP's undoing is going to be its own - MP, Karnataka, UP etc are not building confidence
And as an unemployed Modi supporter I need to make a choice
I hope there's a good alternative 2 years from now

Posted By: Sarabjit Singh  |  Posted On: 08 Jun 2017  |  City: Noida

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 Fair enough. That's a reasonable point of view. Let's wait and see.

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Vir, Every religion has some regressive ideas. We know that. But not all religions are equally bad or bad in the same way. Incase of Islam is there a link between the religion and the violence and aren't we getting a bit tired of hearing after every terror attack that Islam is a religion of peace and how people who commit these heinous acts have no link with this great religion? Im not so sure of this anymore. Are you?

Posted By: Vikram  |  Posted On: 06 Jun 2017  |  City: Napgur

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 Islam is a few centuries younger than Christianity. If you look at the history of Christianity, it went through a similar phase and then grew out of it.
 
I do not accept that Islam is a violent religion. But equally, I think that the politically correct view that Islamist extremism has nothing to do with Islam is also nonsense. Let's us accept that Islam is going through a bad phase and hope that Muslims all over the world shun the maniacs who are bringing their religion into disrepute. 

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