Spoiled for choice

Between the FDI vote in Parliament, the royal pregnancy and Ponting's retirement, there was more news than the news channels could debate

For a change, on Tuesday there was more news than the news channels could discuss or debate: a new reservations bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, a debate on FDI in both houses of Parliament, a farmers' rally in the capital, where former Army Chief V.K. Singh shared the limelight with sugarcane, an Indian couple found guilty of mistreating their child in Norway and Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi projected as the BJP's PM candidate, that too in 3D, like Life of Pi's tiger, Richard Parker!

That's not all. Breaking headlines were "America versus Modi" (Headlines Today), on Narendra bhai possibly shaking hands with Yankee Doodle Dandy, as well as the International Olympic Association (IOC) suspending the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and the Election Commission's view of cash for votes, sorry, cash transfers.

And so the TV debates reflected the plurality of news we all crave: at 9 pm on Tuesday, Headlines Today was pursuing Modi to the US, CNN-IBN IOC's suspension of IOA, Times Now led with UPA-2's "shopping" for numbers in the FDI vote, NDTV 24x7 was "Rubbishing FDI", while Zee News was on the EC's poor opinion of the government's attempts to cash transfer votes into its own account.

The same happened on Monday, just in case you scoff at this as the exception or an aberration. Headlines Today was after VIPs who create traffic jams for the aam aadmi not the party, silly, but you and me CNN-IBN was voting on FDI in retail, Times Now was considering Modi as PM, while NDTV 24x7 was broadcasting its panelists' reservations about well, reservations. Now, if only we had this diversity every week.

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