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For me, the last 18 months had been a rigorous learning exercise. While attempting to understand complaints from readers, I also managed to look at what constituted offence, what fair criticism... »
I am delighted to inform readers that the Second Open House, the interactive session between readers and the editors and senior management of The Hindu, will be held in Bangalore between 2... »
I start this column with a sense of eerie déjà vu. One more book has suffered censorship in the hands of a fringe player, and some of the writers to the Readers’ Editor office are invoking cultural... »
There are moments when I wonder whether it would be useful to start a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section as an independent blog in the Readers’ Editor vertical. The reason is that some quest... »
There are two methods to assess the relationship between a newspaper and its readers. One is qualitative and the other is quantitative. The role of the Readers’ Editor is within the qualitative fr... »
Last week there was a story filed from Islamabad on trade between India and Pakistan across the Line of Control. Some readers have taken objection to the use of the terms ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’... »
The constant feedback I receive from the readers and the journalists of The Hindu gives me an evolving template to sharpen my approach. The idea of this institution is to create a structure... »
I am grateful to all the readers who responded to my request to evaluate the institution of the Readers’ Editor and my own functioning over a period of sixteen months. Though an overwhelming number... »
In the creative world, irony and coincidence are cousins. But these enchanting devices rarely help journalists to do their work. On the contrary, they have the potential to torpedo good journalism.... »
It is a self-defeating exercise for an ombudsman to plan his year-end column in advance. Last month, I had an opportunity to read excerpts from singer T.M. Krishna’s A Southern Music: The Karna... »
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