Not Amusing

The publication of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's much-talked-about "Musings" in leading Indian newspapers in early January, and the post-publication recriminations in the national press, register quite clearly the depths that Indian journalism is plumbing at this stage. Central to the unseemly quarrel was the exclusive rights to use verbatim the prime minister's policy sermon composed in Kerala.

The stampede to publish Vajpayee's two-part contribution was followed by vehement protests and expressions of deep hurt, once the newspapers realised that they were being made to share the booty from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

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