1 Minute View: Goodness gracious! Government asks Press Council for views on FDI cap on print!!!

16 Jul,2013

Ha ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha. Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Ha ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha. Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha. Ha ha ha ha ha.

 

Sorry about the excessive laughter, but the only way to describe our state of being is to use the term that one uses in smses or instant messengers: ROTFL. Rolling on the floor laughing.

 

There is indeed reason to cry wtf. The ministry of information and broadcasting has asked the Press Council for its recommendation on the foreign direct investment cap in print. It has also done the same for television where it has referred the FDI cap matter to regulator TRAI.

 

But by its various acts, the Press Council of India is hardly a regulator of any standing (and teeth). It’s got a retired Chief Justice at the helm whose outbursts tell us what makes him so outstanding and a bunch of members whose role in the report on paid news some years back was indeed questionable.

 

While the ministry must’ve been compelled to refer the matter to the Press Council of India in the absence of a TRAI-like body, it ought to know that one can’t really expect any significant and progressive recommendations from the Council.

 

Sad.

 

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