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Media will need an ombudsman if it cannot regulate itself

india Updated: Jan 06, 2011 22:51 IST
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Media will need an ombudsman if it cannot regulate itself

Rajdeep Sardesai in News we can use (Beyond The Bite, December 31) mentions many of the factors that ail the media industry but does not offer a roadmap to right the wrongs. In fact, the media needs to become sensitive to the larger needs of the country. They need to be aware of the fact that merely paying lip-service to the concept of self-regulation is not enough. What the industry requires is an ombudsman, especially as its credibility has sunk so low after the Radia tapes. If netas and babus can be made to resign on moral grounds, the rules should not be different for news anchors and the so-called conscience keepers of the nation.

Karan Thakur, Delhi

Immorality at play

The editorial Action never taken report (Our Take, January 5) is apt in stating that something has to be done to maintain the sanctity of moral values. Corruption in India has become a part of life and the country always ranks high as far as corruption is concerned. Even the investigating agencies are mired in corruption, their probes falling far short of standards. In a democracy, people must assume the responsibility of creating a better society by electing clean and disciplined leaders as our representatives to legislative bodies.

Harish Monga, via email


With reference to Sarath S Pillai’s article on CP Ramaswami Aiyar (Recovering an Indian, Jan 4), Aiyar was the youngest person to occupy the post of the advocate general of Madras in 1920; the post had been erroneously edited out of the sentence. Also, Aiyar believed that the princely states should be reduced to ten or 15 big units or a similar number of units from British India, which together could form the federation; the line about units from British India had been left out in the published version of the article. We regret the errors.