Manish Anand [manishanand]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
My speciality is Indian politics along with current affairs with special interest on issues which impact people's lives.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
I am currently working with The Asian Age, which is an English daily.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
News is a piece of information which makes people sit up and get curious for more and more information. It has to have "Oh", "Waao", "What!!", "Ohh no" and so on effects on the reader's minds.
To you, what is objectivity?
Objectivity in news is being brutally staright in reporting the facts without taking any slant to favour or disfavour of anyone for non-journalistic reasons.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
"No one killed Jessica". This was the front page headline of The Times of India, New Delhi, about the court reporting on the progress of the Jessica Lal murder case.
What headline would you like to see printed one day in the newspaper?
Democracy is for real now
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
The Times of India and The Indian Express. I read them at home.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
Definitely yes. The freedom of expression is limited to the extent that the editorial lines permit.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
Gradually yes, as even readers seem to be losing appetite for them and they also seem to be not stirring up too many souls in the establishment.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
It's very tough to have a news-sense. Many working journalists lack the critical news-sense. So, calling everyone with mobile phone camera a journalist will be far from the reality, though at best they could be supporting tools for the journalists.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
Lots of people want to hold paper in their hands while travelling to pacify their restless minds, hence the market for the tabloid papers.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
Famous people owe their popularity to theirs being in the news. They can not say; look I have got enough of popularity and now spare me. You can not pick and choose, if you are popular and if your privacy interests readers, they should be reported but that has to be correct and not gossips, rumour and lies.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
The interview has to be straight enough that you can see through the real elements of the interviewee, and find out whether you really want him or not.
Please list well-known people you have interviewed.
1) Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party general secretary. who is the key architect of holding the UPA government afloat with his party's support.
2) Arun Jaitely, the BJP leader and main stratigists of the party.
3) Sheila Dikshit, who is the chief minister of Delhi.
4) VK Malhotra, who was the deputy leader of Opposition in the Lower House (Lok Sabha) in India.
5) Ajit Singh, the chief of the RLD and well known "fox" of Indian politics.
6) Jagmohan, former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and former Union minister.
and so on...
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
Yes, very much true, but it has to tarvel a long distance to rival the mainstream media.
Will the paper press disappear?
Not possible in the immediate future.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
They add to the heaps of garbage that the big cities produce and are generally used for purposes other than originally intended.
What is the book you would like to write?
The life of a man who has seen the rural India and its sufferings, while being privyy to the way the government really functions along with the transformation in his life as he changes city of his stay....hazy picture so far...
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
Yes, that I have to be straight and do not violate my personal moral values.
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
Be a good listener and observe events much more keenly than others and see what others can not see.