Channel war!

Updated: Oct 31 2005, 06:17am hrs
Politics and cinema have been inextricably intertwined in the cultural fabric of Tamil Nadu. Consequently, political parties in Tamil Nadu have the unique distinction of having their own Tamil satellite channels. DMK has the hugely popular Sun TV, while AIADMK has Jaya TV. These channels deliver news in whatever form suits them without a qualm. Sadly, their efforts seem to be having the desired effect!

Sensing the disadvantage of not having a similar channel of its own, PMK has annou-nced that it will also launch a Tamil channel. The state asse-mbly elections, due next year, could well find satellite channels playing a crucial role in the campaign. Sadly, unbiased news will be the first casualty.

Sprouting season

Well written articles sway opinions like none other. Recently, Indias chief negotiator at the WTO, GK Pillai, observed at a seminar that whenever a ministerial meet approaches, the number of articles on various sensitive issues written by economists sprout by the dozen.

Giving an example, Mr Pillai said that World Bank economists have recently pointed out in articles that if market access is improved, developing countries gain by 92% and if domestic support is lifted, the gains accrued would be only 8%. By implication, developing countries should open their markets instead of asking developed countries to reduce subsidies. What they forgot to mention is that developed countries would gain 10 times more than developing countries through increased market access, he argued.