Saturday, June 12, 2010

A debate for India!

In the latest UK elections, politicians participated in live debates.  Mint argues in "A debate for India" (May 5, 2010) that -

In India, we already have television’s wide reach and a handful of trusted, neutral journalists to moderate—two essentials needed to make debates work. Now we only need the politicians willing to appear live and answer tough questions without descending into platitudes and ad hominem attacks.
"Handful of trusted, neutral journalists to moderate"... for once, I disagree with Mint. 'Trusted' yes.. but trusted by whom?  Maybe by politicians.  Politicians are always willing to show their face on TV.  But credibility is a serious issue.  Maybe the media in India has higher credibility than politicians.  But is it impartial?  I doubt.