The polarization of India’s polity and failures of liberalism underpin our unseemly media wars
If anyone believes that the television rating points (TRPs) scandal is only about some channels fighting for advertising traction, he or she would be naïve. On the surface, it is indeed about a couple of channels trying to game the system by paying some households to keep their TV sets switched to their programmes. TRPs can be manipulated, just as readership surveys of newspapers can, and just as election surveys can. Any system can be gamed once you know how it works.