Sometime in the middle of 2013, there was a renewed interest in this book titled Nineteen Eighty Four written by George Orwell. It was all thanks to Edward Snowden who revealed to the world top secret information from NSA – about the extent of surveillance cast over by the US Intelligence Agencies across the globe and snooping into the everyday conversations of millions of internet users.

ഇന്നലെ വരെ കേന്ദ്രം ഭരിച്ചു കൊണ്ടിരുന്ന യു.പി.എ-യുടെ നവ-ഉദാരവല്‍കരണ നയങ്ങളെ നിശിതമായി വിമര്‍ശിച്ചു കൊണ്ടും ഉമ്മന്‍ചാണ്ടി സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ അഴിമതി-അഴിഞ്ഞാട്ടങ്ങളെ വസ്തുതാപരമായി ചോദ്യം ചെയ്തും ചാനലുകളില്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെട്ട ശ്രീ. എന്‍.കെ. പ്രേമചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഇരുട്ടിവെളുത്തപ്പോള്‍ ഐക്യ ജനാധിപത്യ മുന്നണി സ്ഥാനാര്‍ഥിയായി മാറിയ പ്രത്യേകരാഷ്ട്രീയ സാഹചര്യത്തിലൂടെയാണ് കൊല്ലം ലോകസഭാ മണ്ഡലം തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിലോട്ട് നീങ്ങുന്നത്. വലതുപക്ഷത്തിന്റെ ജനവിരുധനയങ്ങള്‍കെതിരെ ഘോരഘോരം പ്രസംഗിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരുന്ന എന്‍.കെ.

The internet has become the virtual battleground for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Any web page of utility is flooded with campaigns and slogans of major political parties. The leading figure in the battle however is the BJP Prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Using the media (print & virtual) efficiently, BJP has put forward the agenda that Narendra Modi is the only person capable of leading this country and lifting its ‘pride’. Rallying on the word ‘pride’ is not new to Modi. Remember the elections immediately after the Gujarat Pogrom in 2002?

After the December 2012 protests, the Indian media has given more airtime to the issue of gender – a welcome change. News about sexual harassment cases regarding Supreme Court judges makes it very clear that women face challenges even within institutions meant to uphold justice 1. Unfortunately these are not work-related challenges but those that women face simply because of their sex.

Most readers by now will be familiar with the news of Siddharth Varadarajan's ouster1 from The Hindu and the return of the editorial team from a decade ago – N. Ravi and Malini Parthasarathy.

Despite being a media professional and someone with quite a few friends in The Hindu, I shall stay away from the labyrinthine intrigues that seem to have led to this decision and focus on an angle that seems to be cited as a prominent reason for the development – the issue of biases and balance.

From being a docile lot for quite some time, the consciousness of the working class has been rising over the past 5 years. This is truer about the advanced capitalist countries than others. Though the Occupy Wall Street in the US has been a movement largely led by students and the unemployed, the discontent among the working class in the US has been sprouting up here and there. In this context, the Fast-Food Fight or the 15 dollar an hour fight is gaining popularity and significance.