Great powers need great papers

…and why Aadisht makes this blogger jealous

Today’s dose of excellent writing comes from New Indian Express (linkthanks Ravikiran Rao) where a disreputable broker praises India’s ‘National Newspaper’ for standing up for China.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Hindu was not always a great Chinese institution, but then neither were the Olympics. Things change. China is once again a great power. It controls oil and natural gas in Sudan, mines in Tanzania, ports around the Indian Ocean, and governments in Zimbabwe and Myanmar. It controls the weather near Beijing by shooting silver iodide shells at the clouds from anti-aircraft artillery pieces. It controls the American economy indirectly.

But even this vast portfolio is incomplete without controlling an Indian newspaper. And for a nation of China’s stature, controlling any old newspaper will not do. China deserves, nay, is entitled to control India’s National Newspaper[NIE]

The disreputable Mr Aadisht should make his unedited draft public. The world must comprehend the newspaper’s greatness in its entirety.

Update: Aadisht has published the whole thing on his blog.

5 thoughts on “Great powers need great papers”

  1. Not a “disreputable broker” but a “disreputable former banker” — there’s a distinction and a difference between the two.

    Thanks for highlighting the piece. I will send a copy to Praveen Swami of The Hindu.

  2. Reading of The Hindu should be made obligatory if we’re to develop close relations with our neighbor which is also a great power now, as seen in the olympics opening ceremony(for those in US, it’s going to be telecast “live” at 7:30pm Eastern Time; witness the rise of great power dear friends, don’t miss it).

  3. New Indian Express deserves applause for violating the taboo among Indian newspapers of any one media entity not showering fulsome praise on any other media entity. (Apparently that would cause skeletons to tumble out many closets.) Obviously, the China-patriotic credentials of The Hindu being so compellingly praise-worthy, the New Indian Express could not resist but break the tribe’s rules.

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