Making News

How Anjana Om Kashyap, a star of Hindi news television, sells the new normal

01 December 2019
THIS IMAGE IS A CREATIVE RECONSTRUCTION. PHOTOGRAPH BY RISHI KOCHHAR/ILLUSTRATION BY GIRISH
THIS IMAGE IS A CREATIVE RECONSTRUCTION. PHOTOGRAPH BY RISHI KOCHHAR/ILLUSTRATION BY GIRISH


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AS WE HURTLED past the turnstile on the ground floor of the India Today complex in Noida, Anjana Om Kashyap was worried about the state of television news. “The kind of things they are saying,” the executive editor of Aaj Tak said as she speed-walked to the building’s plentifully stocked and populated canteen. “You can’t say blatant things like that. It’s not journalism.”

When my taxi had stopped at the complex’s gates, in the late afternoon of 22 August, Kashyap had called, at once apologetic and warm, to say she was going to be delayed. “With all this news breaking about Chidambaram, you know how it is.”

Nikita Saxena is a staff writer at The Caravan.

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