New Delhi: At times it has been described as “a mouthpiece of international financial capital” and at others it has been criticized for its “omniscient tone and pedantry”. But the British news magazine ‘THE ECONOMIST’ continues to be immensely popular among intellectuals around the world. It’s South Asia correspondent James Astill recently visited the Mint studio and had a take on recent developments in India.
India is a hot topic these days. Pakistan or Afghanistan may provide more eye-catching headlines and material (thanks to the violence in these regions), but newsrooms the world over have recognized that India is a wealth of stories and characters…
Like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who despite his attempts to keep a clean image, has not been able to emerge unscathed from the recent trust-vote victory. What will happen to his reputation now?
Or what about the Indo-Pak story? Both countries appeared to be on the road to friendship, but recent acts of terrorism suggest there is something afoot.
And how about inflation? Will it overshadow the “growth” story that India was scripting thus far?
One newsroom that has always provided perspective and analysis from India is The Economist. Our Diplomatic Affairs Editor, Jyoti Malhotra sat down to discuss some of these issues with the South Asia Correspondent from The Economist, James Astill.