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Updated: March 17, 2010 21:10 IST

Mr. Politics

Pheroze L. Vincent
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Managing Editor of NDTV 24x7 Sreenivasan Jain. Photo: M. Periasamy. (Digital)
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Managing Editor of NDTV 24x7 Sreenivasan Jain. Photo: M. Periasamy. (Digital)

In conversation with NDTV 24X7's managing editor Sreenivasan Jain

The funniest thing that's ever happened to Sreenivasan in journalism is when he had to report on the war in Sri Lanka in 1999.

“We were doing stories for Vijay TV those days and they asked me to give a sound byte in Tamil. Since my Tamil wasn't very good, they gave me a written note on what I had to say. But when they played the tape, they burst out laughing as my pronunciation was really funny.”

Passionate about politics, Sreenivasan woes the rise of money politics in the south. “Karnataka broke all previous records of election spending. I see a large number of wealthy candidates particularly in the south,” he said. He added that if we want true democracy we need to insist on internal democracy within parties.

He added that the media needs to be careful about the corporate support it gets. “To see members of one's own fraternity selling editorial space is quite sad,” he lamented. He emphasised that it is unnecessary to go down that road. “It's like selling your soul.

Unlike the very vocal female fans that Sreenivasan met in a Chennai college recently, he said, “that he'd have to pay Coimbatore's crowd to make noise.” “I would be lying if I say I'm not flattered for attention,” he admitted.



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