Wednesday, July 4, 2012

India's Best Journalists


Since the article on India’s Worst Journalists-2012 (IWJ) last April I had received many suggestions to do one on India’s best. Some even recommended that the same ‘worst’ should be put to another poll to find out which are the best among them. When I looked up the ‘Charter of MediaCrooks’ there were hundreds of provisions to identify and talk about the crooks but not a single one to identify the good ones or the best in the business. Fair, since that wasn’t the task of MediaCrooks. So I derived inspiration from the 'Worst list' and ‘manipulated’ the Charter to enable this site to identify the best journalists. The candidates on the best journalists list were all picked by people on the social media. (Thanks to all who contributed). If I had left it to the Anti-SocialMedia (MSM) probably none of these names would have figured.

There is something else about the journalists on the list. You won’t find most of them flamboyant or glamorous. You won’t find most of them frequently in those back-scratching media awards functions. The greatest thing about the candidates on the ‘best’ poll is that when they write an article or appear on TV it is highly unlikely you will find them asking: “Oh God, what should I tell them”? They speak their own free minds. So here are those who have been voted India’s Best Journalists (Poll results appended at the end of this post):


10. Ashok Malik – Malik has been in the business for over two decades now. His association has mostly been with The Pioneer but you can also find him in other journals and lately also on many TV channels as a panellist. His writings are not the kind that will set you on fire but Malik manages to put across his views and arguments gently and without offending. That might be surprising since many bios of his mention his wanting to be a gossip-writer in film magazines. That’s hard to believe because he looks so serious. It would be nice, though, to see a gossip column from him – just to see some stuff from him on the Poonam Pandeys, Sonam Kapoors and Uday Chopras.  In any case, don’t expect him to be politically incorrect. Like other successful journalists who have adapted to the Internet Malik understands and values the social media. He is happy to write in a form that the MSM wouldn’t consider really ‘Sexy’ in these times. He speaks his mind anyway and that’s the obvious reason he’s here. 

9. Madhu Trehan – She’s one of the survivors from the journalism of the old world charm. The co-founder of IndiaToday, India’s first weekly news-magazine, has many firsts to her credit. The other significant claim to fame has to be her video news-magazine ‘Newstrack’, in the days of Doordarshan’s monopoly, which was made available as videos through her magazine and through regular video outlets. But Madhu Trehan is not on this list for her past laurels though. She has re-invented herself and has been active on the social media. Her news channel Newslaundry is growing in popularity. It’s a site where Madhu and her colleagues launder the regular crooks in the media with a lot of humour and candour. Viewers and readers of Newslaundry have often felt she has been soft on the crooks but that takes away nothing from her sincerity and her commitment. She has also learned to engage with the crowd on social media. Her popularity is on the up again.

8. R. Jagannathan – Business World, India Today, Express group, Business Standard, DNA he has worked with all of them. A significant involvement has to be the launch of Business Today. Other than that he has spent relatively smaller tenures with most of these publications. But TheJaggi, as he calls himself on Twitter, came to greater prominence with FirstPost. Though I call Firstpost the online sidekick of the Network18 group (CNN-IBN, CNBC-TV18 etc.), Jaggi has brought a lot of balance and freshness in the online news business. As editor of Firstpost not only his own articles but even those of others have largely been truly interesting and fair. That’s what is amazing. Since the group’s TV channels are heavily biased and are nearly political mouthpieces, Firstpost doesn’t appear to be so. Being a business journalist himself, his articles on economics and financial matters make exceptional reading. I don’t have numbers but I would dare to state Firstpost could easily be the most popular dedicated online news site at the moment and will grow in strength. A lot of credit for that must go to TheJaggi.

 7. P. Sainath – He calls himself a ‘rural’ reporter. One of the few Indians to receive the Ramon Magsaysay awards Sainath is the art movie equivalent of Bollywood in journalism. And I say that nicely. On the mainstream media degenerating into entertainment he once remarked: “"I felt that if the Indian press was covering the top 5 per cent, I should cover the bottom 5 per cent” and that he does splendidly. On another occasion he observed there were 400 journalists reporting on a Fashion show in Delhi but not one reporting on poverty in India. One recent article by him “Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint” about the misreporting and twisted journalism by TOI is indicative of the tenor of most of his articles and exposes. It is indeed surprising that he hasn’t been called upon to be a panellist on TV shows relating to farmer suicides and such related issues. Maybe he just detests the very format of these debates and avoids them. Outspoken against Paidmedia and other evils of the press he is one reporter who should be inspiration for a lot more.

6. J. Gopikrishnan – There must be a reason his name starts with G. His stunning investigative reports on the 2G scam has exposed many corrupt politicians and the entire UPA govt itself. Gopi, as he is called in trade circles, systematically pursued and exposed the manner in which scarce national resources were sold for a song by the corrupt. Naturally, apart from rising popularity among people a number of awards followed as well in the last year or so. The mostly compromised bigger media outlets started following the 2G story only after his reports. That Gopi works with a relatively small newspaper like The Pioneer also reflects on where good journalism is coming from lately. In the words of his own editor, Chandan Mitra, “He has put on no airs despite the accolades he has received and the many awards he has won. He remains committed to his profession and profession alone”. What followed Gopi’s reports are similar assessments by the CAG on 2G and worse, the explosive Radiatapes that exposed the media-politician-lobbyists nexus. More power to him.

5. Sucheta Dalal – She could have been somebody…. Somebody like… You know who, a media super celebrity. She could have easily compromised ethics and traded that for millions. But Sucheta Dalal is one of the most reliable financial journalists around. From the Harshad Mehta scam to Ketan Parekh to current misdeeds in the financial markets she has served ordinary investors and consumers all her career. Having worked with all the major newspapers in the country she now runs her own web magazine, Moneylife. Apart from various investment and securities boards, including those of the govt, she is also on the board of Consumer Education & Research Centre in Ahmedabad. In the crowd of many unscrupulous financial and stock market journalists, in print and on TV, she stands out like a beacon. One hopes future aspirants in this domain will look to her for inspiration.

 4. M. J. Akbar – There isn’t much that I need to write about MJ Akbar that people don’t already know. From a Trainee in TOI to launch of major journals like TheSunday and Telegraph and to also being a member of parliament there isn’t much that MJA hasn’t achieved. One of the senior most journalists of India he has also authored many books. In particular, his analyses of Indo-Pak relations are easily among the best anyone can get to read. His recent launch, the online SundayGuardian, has acquired a fair bit of popularity with the internet news readers. SundayGuardian is as hard-hitting a news magazine as you can get. He is currently the Editorial Director of IndiaToday and their TV channel HeadlinesToday. That he retains a high level of popularity after four decades in journalism says everything about why he is still rated as one of the best.

 3. Kanchan Gupta – He is most famous for his association with The Pioneer and even more so as an advisor in the PMO for Atal Behari Vajpayee. Apart from writing on politics and current affairs you could fairly call him a reasonable expert on middle-east affairs owing to his work in that region. He can be subtle, wry and sarcastic but don’t expect him to make you fall off your chair laughing. Straight-talking, blunt and sometimes provocative, his writings do not spin facts. That’s the reason he is very popular with the right wing and not so popular in the mainstream media. Often appears on TV shows but gets shouted down very easily. That is not so much because he doesn’t have a booming voice but because he stops when asked by the moderator and cares to listen to others. In a country where journalism and media is dominated by communists and being ‘right-wing’ is almost criminal, his success stands out for his brilliant, insightful and honest writing. Has been another one to quickly learn the future of media is online and has now started his own venture called Niti Digital.

2. Swapan Dasgupta – Quite easily the best and most popular of contemporary journalists around. That should be a surprise because he too is a ‘right-wing’ journalist. Not just that, he also happens to be the most sought after TV panellist. I refuse to call him an ‘intellectual’ as many do since I consider that term reserved for ‘Nobeler’ souls. Let’s see, I would call Amartya Sen or Dileep Padgaonkar an intellectual. Which is why it is dismaying to find him debating ‘intellectuals’ like Mani Shankar Aiyar. SD is simply blessed with an extraordinary abundance of simple common sense. That’s what makes his writings a delight to read. The number of journals he writes for is too long to be listed here. Sharp observations, deep insights and simple honesty are key features of his writings. Like Sachin Tendulkar he is not gifted with great vocal chords but he makes up for that with his solid batting. If he is on a TV debate you are assured of a decent one without the usual cacophony that passes for debates. Whatever one’s ideology he is clearly a role model for budding journalists.

1. Arun Shourie – This is quite a surprise. I say that in a nice way because Arun Shourie hasn’t been a very active journalist for quite some time. That he remains the best journalist with voters is a tribute to his standing and accomplishments. He is the first of India’s true investigative journalists who led to the fall of a Chief Minister in Maharashtra in the eighties. His most reputed tenure is that as the Executive Editor of Indian Express. At one point the Congress govt had nothing less than 300 cases slapped against the IE after the Bofors episode. Author of many books, MP and was also a minister under the NDA govt. It’s distressing for many that since the days of Shourie the fiercely independent IE has more or less become a ‘handler’ of the govt’s agenda. He had also strongly opposed Pratibha Patil for president and it’s not so hard now to see why. Every article and book written by Shourie is perhaps better researched, more thoughtful and provocative than any of the ones by many modern day journalists. Not surprisingly, he was he named as one of the International Press Institute's 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 years in 2000 apart from being honoured with the Magsaysay award. The likes of Shourie and the others on this list keep the flame of hope for good journalism floating.

So there it is; India’s Best Journalists and I expect they will remain so for quite some time. In an age where skin colour, lipstick, make-up, laundering and brokering skills determine the prominence and influence of a journalist, it is not very difficult for them to stand out. I believe they would have stood out anyway. If most of the media crooks are a danger to democracy and freedom then there are some who strongly protect it too. And those are 10 good reasons to cheer.

PS: The candidates in the poll who did not make it to the Top-10 have nothing to worry. They are in great company and are sure to find their place in the sun for sure in the future.

 
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71 comments:

  1. Great piece. I was wondering how you (despite all the brilliance and creativity you possess ) could bring that whiff of difference - Non-Crooks in the media. Especially since you almost have engraved the policy for this place in Stone. Your first paragraph silences those questions.
    The second para summarized and is representative trait of each one on this list. For me personally this is "Excellent" paragraph and highlight of this blog. It captures the essence and values for which these stalwarts stand for.

    I particularly loved your write-up on the top-2 (not suprise for me, my top two too)

    Have a great day and thanks for this post

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  2. Best possible list.

    Why not a list of the best journalists in Regional languages inc Hindi. More ppl will come to know about relatively unknown but outstanding journalists

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  3. Vineet Narain needs to be near the top of that list.www.vineetnarain.net/

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  4. Hi Ravinar,

    I am a FAN of your BLOG,Just wish to clarify how S.Gurumurthy (writes in The New Indian Express) missed the list. Not sure whether you missed Cho.Ramaswamy because he writes only in Tamil.

    Regards,
    Ganesh R

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  5. Superb writing! Top 3 are my favorites! Great observation about swapan -
    "SD is simply blessed with an extraordinary abundance of simple common sense."

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  6. good u came up with this. It was so boring to see the burkhas, arnabs, sardesais ruling the roost in this blog. It's about time we looked at something positive :-) Good job !

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  7. Please do write a detailed analysis of 'Satyamev Jayate'. I do believe Aamir Khan is motivated not by public cause but by money.
    For example, he did a show on the misdeeds by medical professionals. So far so good. But he didn't cover the misdeeds of Govt. on the part of policy making in the health deptt. He didn't even mention the good deeds the Ayurved and Yog doing for us. He could have mentioned it at least if 'Ramdev'is 'communal' for him.

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    1. So what if he is motivated by money? If his motivation to make money converges with my national interest, so be it!

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  8. I am happy to see Mr Arun Shourie and Mr Swapan Dasgupta as topping the list of 'India's Best Journalists'. It once again proves, the listeners value the contents, originality in views and sobriety in presentation more than the style and dynamism!

    K.M.Date

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  9. Hey totally agree with the poll on India's best journalists. However it would help if we could also include writeups of all those who could not make the top 10. People like Srinivasan Jain, Sheela Bhat....

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  10. My favorite journalist and the best one is Mediacrooks. Why aren't you on the list :)

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    1. Haha! Yes, I'm on the list too, but at '0'.. which is why you don't see me. Thanks.

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    2. Verse Sis you robbed me of my view :-)............ Yes I will rate Media Crooks after Shourieji and Swapan !!..

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  11. Ravinar,

    This is your most brilliant post to date. Trust me. There have been some awesome ones you've written before. But this takes the cake for the excellent narration and insight.

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  12. A good journalist calls it as he/she sees it.No misleading, no half truths and no outright lies.Every journalist on the list embodies these traits.They have integrity.

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  13. Hey, this is injustice to the man called P.Sainath. He possess every trait that a top journalist should have. Sainath at no.7 is hard to digest,especially when you have considered Sucheta Dalal and Gopikrishanan more able journalists than him. Expressing your opinion and reporting the truth are two very different things. Sainath is still reporting the truth and most importantly no half truths. In fact, he is fighting for maintaining the credibility of the media which, it seems, it has lost.

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    1. seconded..... ant time a day I wud opt Sainath at top....

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    2. yes, i agree, Sainath is way above most of these guys. Probably he is not so popular among netizens coz he covers rural india and doesnt appear on TV & doesnt tweeet!

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    3. P.Sainath has not been "placed" at any spot. The rankings are according to the votes in the poll.

      @Kiran - The list for the poll itself was created by Netizens, so to suggest he is not popular among them is not very accurate.

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    4. @Ranvir- In that case, I must say the whole list is fallacious. And can you please tell me why Kuldip Nayyar and Khuswant Singh are not in the list? Are they not worthwhile to be included in the list or as you told "the rankings are according to the votes in the poll", your voters don't consider him worthwhile to be in the top ten journalists of India?
      Please change the headline of the post. Make it India's popular journalists'.

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    5. If you feel the list is fallacious theres no problem, its your opinion. I dont see why youre so agitated. Some people are not there because nobody recommended them and this is not simply an 'opinion'. If in your opinion Nayar and Kushwant are the best I dont think anyone has a problem with that. You will note in the comments some have put up their own list, feel free to do that too. The votes are by readers of this blog and I dont tell them how to vote. As author of the blog the choice of headline too rests with me, your disagreement notwithstanding.

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    6. @Ravinar...I agree. what i meant was that his relative popularity among netizens when compared someone like Swapan is lesser because of him maintaining a low profile. His work is simply outstanding because he uses the data of govt. to point out the blunders of govt. He spends time on his work. He is one of the foremost experts on hunger in the world.

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    7. @ Ravinar- I am not agitated or furious or disturbed. Of course this is your post and you have got all the rights in the world to determine a headline whatever you think is suitable. My intention was just to suggest that you missed out persons who are the tallest figures of Indian journalism. And let me tell you it is not the question of 'problem or opinion'. This is simply the question of justification. How would you justify ignoring Khuswant Singh and Kuldip Nayyar while preparing a list of top journalists of India? Even your no.1 journalist of this post would not agree with that, keep others aside. So when you write a headline like this you must ponder over who are the top journalists. That's it. No offence intended. Don't be angry while writing a comment.

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    8. @BeyondUsual

      You still dont seem to get it. The candidates on the list were recommended by people on the social media. Neither Kushwant nor Kuldip were recommended and so they dont figure. They may be your tallest figures but they may not be tallest for all. Thats the difference you need to see. I normally dont comment on comments except when I see comments that do not seem to understand the context of a post which has been clearly explained at the beginning. There is no need for you to even conclude this is even MY 'best' list. So what 'my' #1 journalist (as you put it) would agree to or not is not something that is even up for discussion. Consider this particular issue closed.

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  14. Brilliant. Fully agree with #1 Arun Shourie. Want to see him freelancing more.

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  15. Ravi,

    Excellant Post. All along we were concentrating on the wrong doers in media and this is the first time some one has taken up the case of writing on some one who are just and right. Please accept and kudos to you and your efforts. May God bless you..

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  16. Hi Ravi,

    Thank you for a brilliant blog as always.

    people may have their personal preferences for journalists, none can argue with the top 5 named.

    Hope the new generation of journos take inspiration from these & many others who are not listed here.

    Please reading.

    Keep up the good work.

    Sincerely
    Anil Kohli

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  17. It is a tough job to write good about journos in this age of paid-media. This is specially true, when we always tend to look for negatives. The fact that Ravinar has been articulate and elaborate the positives of each of the top ten here, is a testimony to his keen sense of analysis and observation. The best journos list is a good reason enough for all of us to be yet hopeful of our world of media.

    Thanks for a wonderful piece.

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  18. ShaliniSingh is missing. Madhu Trehan seriously :) see her screw herself in this piece http://www.newslaundry.com/2012/06/response-to-an-angry-tweeter/

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  19. My list:
    1. Arun Shourie
    2. Gopi
    3. Sucheta Dalal
    4. Jaggi
    5. Ashok Malik
    6. Kanchan
    and then the rest minus Sainath

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  20. Not one non-English journo worth appearing in this list?

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  21. Pratap Bhanu MEHTA is also missing...

    Here is one of his master pieces..

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/family-sway/967973/0
    Family Sway

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  22. You guyz should have included offstumped in list. Eventhough he is not full time journalist or in business for profit, he does such a great job that deserves to be in top 5 atleast.

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  23. Great piece Ravi! Arun Shourie is a legend and would definitely be on top for a long time!
    Pratap bhanu Mehta & Gurumurthy are definitely notable miss from English media.
    Also Cho Ramasamy from Tamil and the angry young man from Kannada daily kannadaprabha, Pratap Simha aregood names from regional media.

    Cho definitely k own nationwide though!

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  24. Ravi, Awesome, I am copy it on my blog :))

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  25. India's Best Journalists: Arun Shourie # 1 (media laundry @Dhobitalao) http://t.co/vuOzEDJE

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  26. Great to see Arun shourie topping the list :)

    One of the great piece of Arun Shourie : Hindutva and radical Islam: Where the twain do meet : http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindutva-and-radical-islam-where-the-twain-do-meet/254969/ Please read this if u haven't already :)

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  27. ravish kumar of ndtv india also deserved to be on the list

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    1. I sometimes watch snippets of Ravish Kumar shows. Absolutely brilliant.

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  28. The ranking of these distinguished journalist is not important since each of them maintain their unique flair and flavor with integrity. I also agree with the view that there are plenty of gems hidden in the regional media and should be duly acknowledged.

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  29. Raviji,

    Fantastic is the word, even though there are some people who missed from the list.
    S. Gurumurthy and T V R Shenoy
    But Arun Shourie is my favourite. When I was a kid my dad used to make me read aloud articles from Indian Express (That exercise was to improve my English Pronounciation ! !). His name started ringing right from that age and finally his writings started making sense later on.
    Oh and I should say Dad stopped reading Indian Express couple of years back, he says it is not good even as toilet paper. :-)

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  30. I find choice of Arun Shourie at No.1 rather perplexing.In season of scams can you please cite any column written by him exposing it?Last important views I heard from him was on natural resources issue with reference to Justice Ganguly judgement on Telecom issue.Why is he silent these days in the era of paid news.Has he criticized sicular media anytime?He appears with Arnab or Rajdeep sometimes for his own publicity.It was indeed not gracious on his part to describe BJP as "Kati Patang".This is the party who made him important minister during its rule.In sum Ravinar Ji your entire excercise was "Khoda Pahad aur nikla chua"

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    1. If you find Arun Shourie at #1 perplexing because readers voted for him, that's okay. However, I seriously doubt if criticising BJP, even if it's own party, disqualifies him in anyway. I would consider that part of your opinion as poor evaluation of not just a journalist but any individual.

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    2. @madhusudan & ravinar

      Arun Shourie wrote an entire chapter on paid media in a book written by him. I first read about private treaties in his book several years ago. Arun is definitely amongst the top journalists India has ever produced.

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    3. My Dear Ravinar.We are not talking about an individual.Arun Shourie no doubt is a great father & loving husband.There is something called GRACE ....which was missing on part of Arun Shourie when he criticized Rajnath Singh & others.For me he is a Politician ....& I believe we get Journalist we deserve

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    4. You just commited another cardinal sin. None of my posts ever talk about the personal lives of people.. journalists or otherwise. Even in this post the personal lives of those listed are neither mentioned nor have connection to their journalistic pursuits. That you seem to know Shourie is a great father or husband is really not the business of this blog. If you wish to evaluate him as a politician that is your choice. This blog does not evaluate politicians either except in the context of media. Shourie has been voted for and listed here for his journalistic accomplishments. Your criticism of Shourie needs to be on journalistic grounds here.. not on his political pursuits. Dont confuse the two. If you want a debate on politics there are other blogs for it.

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    5. R Jaggg is indded very good and no surprises th egood ones often are less to be soon fooling around in silly TV debates...I wonder how Vinod Smirk Sharma get stime to do journalism..when half the time he is in iBN or nDTV.

      Where would you place Paronjoy Thakurdas? he is more of an analyst and commentator isnt it? very erudite, i believe..

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  31. Sir,

    To say that I am a huge fan of your blog would be an understatement. I have read every single of your blogs and keenly follow your Twitter account as well. Kudos to you for doing such a great work. This nation needs more independent thinkers and true journalists like you.

    Good work preparing this list.

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  32. So honoured to see my name in the list of India's best journalists. So delighted to be in the list which figures Arun Shourie, P Sainath, and my senior colleagues like Swapan da, Kancha da and Ashok ji...one small request - can you post some good photo of mine...

    warm regards

    J Gopikrishnan (Mobile : 9811451667)

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  33. Thanks... I've changed it to the painting that you seem to like..

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  34. sir,
    viewers and readers know the caliber of a journalist, whom they see or read in they media. They know whether something is a professional journalistic work or not. Some of the illqualified journalist, taking the role of intelligentsia, think their viewers and readers are ignorant. But the advent of Social Media really showed how moron and bimbo they are.

    The list of Indian's best journalist more or less reflects the readers opinion. I think the list is not based on any ideological leanings of a journalist. If that is the case, P.Sainath would not have been on the list.

    Thanks for your description of each journalist.

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  35. Dear bloggers,
    A tainted industrialist Arun H. Firodia is a recipient of the highest civilian Award of Padma Shri. It happens only in India.

    He & his daughter Sulajja are guilty of fraudulently diverting Rs 250 Cr of 30 Public Sector Banks. Their Criminal Special Leave Petition has been rejected by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.

    Enlighten yourself http://wikileak-corp.blogspot.in/

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  36. Black Sheep of Indian Journlism Exposed

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sivA6A5td9U


    Do watch this excellent expose by chauthiduniya on Journalists who were paid to appear on TV and Justify the emergency.

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  37. Hello RAVI, Nice to read a list of good journos. I agree with your list and the grading. KRV

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  38. And you have left M.D.Nalpat.....

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  39. Sad to see Manu Joseph being left out of the list. He is the only journalist in the country who has been smartly fighting against the Brahminical order in Indian journalism, literally and figuratively. His next book is another cynical take on this theme, as was the last one, Serious Men. Another name comes to mind, Aditya Sinha. Though he can be somewhere down in the list.

    He had said, "Indeed, I now get irritated with Delhi journalists, for I get the feeling that for them the country ends at Gurgaon, Delhi’s southern suburb. The fact is that the four southern states are more dissimilar than any four randomly selected northern states. The distances within each state are vast. Delhi journalists cannot know India unless they spend time in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kochi; and this is one of the reasons that Indian journalism has taken a few knocks of late."

    CR Park residents must take a cue. Also, the man from Gurgaon who writes about 'music' on Sundays instead of doing other crucial tasks that demands of his post, must be chained and sent down to Bangalore or Chennai. What a waste of resource. Every one of them in nude alley is busy beating one another down with where they went to eat over the weekend. Because of this shit, all journalism graduates want to write about music and food.

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  40. You have missed a great journalist M.D.NALAPAT.
    Why???

    He is doing some of the best investigating journalism and writing fiercely on Gandhi Dynasty without any fear.
    I think the Professor Nalapatsurely deserves to be named here.
    Please reply what do you think.

    Ankit

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  41. Am interested in 'mediacrook's thoughts on journalists from Hindu....they should fare better than the our flogging horses in the list, even if they dont get to the best. They do have their communist leanings..but I guess they are at least more neutral and balanced otherwise...where would you place N Ram vis a vis Sid varadarajan?

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  42. People who voted for Anubha and S Jain need to get their heads checked.Just the channels they represent is enough to smash any credibility they might have otherwise individually.High time to get Arnab in there somewhere.This man has broken the most number of scams and gone after corrupt consistently and doggedly.Again,idiots who voted him for one of the worst journalists merely because he's loud,argumentative,interrupting etc have IQ of a Rahul Gandhi and that;s a major statement on their messed up brains.What's more shameful is seemingly educated oldies spit venom on him brainlessly and on instinct.Otherwise a very fair,apt & justified list of Best journalists.

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  43. i like tavleen singh too! often bizarre but mostly balanced.. sunanda k dutta-ray n a few more! good one like always!

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  44. nice article.it gives me goosebumps that still there are some people who have courage n are not sold out.

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  45. I would also expect to see Rajesh Kalra and Mihnaz Merchant in the list ( may be in top 20 )

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  46. Tavleen Singh is missing from this list...

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  47. Not sure if MJA can be included. Do read Durbar by Tavleen Singh to understand the man...

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  48. S. Gurumurthy should have made into the list. He is considered neither a CA nor a journalist! :) :)

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  49. S. Gurumurthy and Minhaz Merchant deserve to be included in top ten

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  50. Is there any similar list wrt business/economics journalist?

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  51. Good.I agree with the poll.Perhaps the list of unsung heroes of other languages may be
    compiled.

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