Was browsing through the CSCS archives, and came across a few interesting clippings. This is from an interview with Roshan Seth (Nehru, Nehru…)-
Q: Are there any directors in Mumbai you’re dying to work with?
A: Well, I had heard Shyam Benegal was a reputed director and I jumped at it when he offered me Bharat Ek Khoj for Doordarshan. Then I discovered he was very much like other directors in Mumbai. His main interest was to maintain a friendly atmosphere on the sets. There was no real working atmosphere or no cutting edge on the sets. Very dheela-dheela. Haathi nahin hai, ghoda le aao, ghoda nahin hai to chalo gadhe ko le aao. I don’t like that.
I know of only one Rajdeep Sardesai in the media, and this is from a 1990 article of his-
No individual right can exist in isolation. It is accepted under a basic jurisprudential scheme that a legal right must co-relate to a duty. One classic example developed by an English jurist to explain the right-duty co-relationship was the right to play ball in one’s garden. This right imposed an obligation to ensure that the ball did not break the neighbour’s window-pane. To prevent this happening, the garden was fenced. Similarly, Doordarshan had to censor events at Ayodhya to prevent our right to information from spreading mayhem in the rest of the country.
That the possibility of communal violence erupting was great has been proved by subsequent events. This is where the argument of “national interests” being raised by the government assumes much force.
Of course, what constitutes national interests and who interprets this concept has become a matter of debate, especially over the state-run media that are still grappling with the question of autonomy. The former, information and broadcasting minister, Mr K.K. Tewari, for example, saw the national interest to be inextricably entwined with the achievements of the then Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi. It is also true that “national interest” has been used to limit artistic licence, as seen in the attempts to censor television serials like Tamas and The Sword of Tipu Sultan.