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September 4, 2014

The boiling cauldron

prasar bharati poonam dabas

Prasar Bharati is going through turbulent times. There is an increasing demand to repeal it. And Prasar Bharati itself is responsible for this—it has failed to press for more autonomy and is seen as more than happy to bend to the wishes of political masters and powerful bureaucrats The chorus for repeal of Prasar Bharati, the autonomous body that supervises Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR), suddenly seems to have reached a crescendo after the Narendra Modi government took over the reins in May this year. The over 30,000 employees of both Doordarshan and AIR, have started believing “ache din aane wale hain”.

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