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  • “Tonight’s the night for a drop. Go on let yerself go!”

    Broadcast On January 3, 2000

    ... signs proclaiming ‘exit only’. Trafalgar Square was a heaving sea of humanity. If it stopped at all it was to marvel at the two enormous screens erected by the BBC. For in the middle of the city, in ...

  • You’re wrong, Mr. Nayar!

    Broadcast On October 14, 2002

    ...  The same is true of TV. Just looking at the BBC as we see it, I’ve spotted 8 faces who regularly appear on screen. I didn’t count the black ones. And then there are those who work for ITV, Channels ...

  • Why won’t he speak English?

    Broadcast On September 16, 2002

    ... not as good as he could be but he certainly holds your attention. Now pause to reflect on what Mr. Vajpayee’s Hindi cost India. On the previous day, the BBC broadcast Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf ...

  • Why Prasar Bharati is wrong to rebuke PTI

    Broadcast On July 5, 2020

    ... Bharati (PB), supposedly an independent broadcaster we once gullibly believed could be the equal of the BBC, has threatened “to review its subscription to the Press Trust of India (PTI)”. The reason, according ...


    Broadcast On September 18, 2022

    ... BBC. It’s not as well-resourced as CNN and the Brits themselves are critics of it. Indeed, their governments are often committed to emasculating it. But for the outside world it has a unique reputation ...

  • Who are the sons and daughters of India?

    Broadcast On January 19, 2020

    ... hindus are undeniably ill-treated there are reasons to believe the treatment of other religious minorities is worse. The BBC’s Reality Check team says “the majority of blasphemy cases up to 2018” were ...

  • When the elderly are, in fact, the young ones

    Broadcast On April 3, 2000

    ... the amazing people he has met and the things he has done – and boy he’s done them all – then watch him on BBC on Wednesday night at 10.00 p.m. If you miss it, don’t panic, there is a repeat on saturday! ...

  • What’s in a name?

    Broadcast On November 18, 2010

    “Did you notice how quickly they’ve stopped calling her Kate?” Pertie sounded as if he had made an eureka discovery. “It’s now Catherine and the BBC’s gone one step ...


    Broadcast On May 29, 2022

    ... about India’s wheat export ban? On Sunday night Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF Managing Director, told the BBC she “very much hopes” India will rethink its decision.   Let me end by saying we can’t ...

  • What Indian TV news anchors get wrong

    Broadcast On August 23, 2020

    ... thought it through to the same extent.   “Yes”, I mumbled feebly. The BBC and CNN may want large audiences but they don’t pander to them by driving down the quality of their discussions. This is why ...


    Broadcast On October 30, 2022

    ...  Let me cite the media in Britain to illustrate the contrast. Look at the BBC and you’ll be stunned by the profusion of asian faces. Here are some you are bound to have seen: Matthew Amroliwala, Geeta ...


    Broadcast On August 21, 2022

    ... may have changed, he continues to identify with this country. In 2000, in an interview for the BBC’s HardTalk India, I asked him: “Is this country still home?” This was his reply: “There’s a sense in which ...

  • Understanding Mamata

    Broadcast On April 22, 2012

    ... the BBC programme HARDtalk India an interview. It was fixed for 11.30 a.m. on a mutually agreed date in August. It was reconfirmed repeatedly, including the night before. But these assurances proved to ...

  • Two questions about the citizenship act

    Broadcast On December 22, 2019

    ... the BBC’s Reality Check team “the majority of blasphemy cases up to 2018” have been filed against Ahmadiyas or other Muslims, not Christians and Hindus. Yet they’re not covered by CAA.   Regarding ...

  • Two faces of Mr Modi’s government: the good and the ugly

    Broadcast On June 15, 2014

    ... it becomes similar to the BBC. Not surprisingly, Mr Javdekar’s views won a lot of praise.  Journalists, in particular, were loud in saying so. But there was something  more which, even if people were ...

  • Twenty four hours in Washington

    Broadcast On November 12, 2001

    ... lie. Still it’s a strange tale although well worth telling. Early in October I wrote to Dr. Rice to request an interview for our BBC programme HARDtalk India. After a few preliminary phone calls to ...

  • Trying to hide a reality we don’t know how to face up to

    Broadcast On March 15, 2015

    Most people I know have rubbished the arguments for banning the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape and, instinctively, they are right to do so. However, in this instance, it’s worth examining the handful ...

  • Three men in a boat

    Broadcast On March 4, 2002

    ... from the past.” Hmmmm? Judge for yourself – Wednesday 13th, 10.00 p.m., BBC World.    ...

  • Them and us

    Broadcast On March 6, 2010

    Occasionally television can be truly revealing. That was the case on friday when the BBC broadcast live the interrogation by the Chilcot Inquiry Committee of the British Prime Minister on the Iraq  ...

  • The wise words of Manmohan Singh

    Broadcast On May 23, 2021

    ... my friend Seema Chishti WhatsApped a link to an interview Dr. Singh gave the BBC in 1999. His glory days as finance minister were over. He was now the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. No one ...