Broad View on Indian Politics, Culture & Society

Prem Shankar Jha is a well known (traditional) journalist based in New Delhi, India. He mainly writes about politics and economics in India with a focus on globalization. His analytical and honestly balanced writings gave him more than once a hard time to survive in crucial positions within India’s newspaper landscape. Today he is working as a freelancer and writes frequently for, one of the best sources of news in India – as The Guardian says.

I ran into Prem by coincidence. He stayed at Ken River Lodge, one of my most favorite places close to Khajuraho where I more or less live since March 2012. This is where the interview took place.
Luckily we’ve had the chance in further conversations to discuss journalistic values and approaches – mainly the differences between (traditional) journalism and citizen media. We talked about the Arab Spring in particular and reflected on the different point of views from the West and the East – way to often based upon interests instead of balanced reporting. The latter is undoubtfully needed to get the overall picture right, meaning to achieve objectivity in the reports. But how do you achieve this is an art form of itself. It requires definitely a lot of experience, empathy and willingness to “dig deep”.
For this I really would love to see a broader collaboration between well trained journalists and citizen media people – I have the feeling the potential which might emerge out of such a collaboration is huge. So please go for it!

By Virtue Of The Current Situation In Algeria …

… I re-post an interview with Arslan CHIKHAOUI, CEO and chairman of Nord-Sud Ventures in Algier. He is also a senior consultant to Algerian Government bodies and senior analyst on international affairs for national and international media. I’ve met Arslan last November and we’ve had a long conversation on what’s going on in Algeria. I think these videos give some insights on daily life in Algeria and help to understand why Algeria is different from Egypt and Tunisia.

Even though I do hope for the people that they will have the power to stand up!

Here you find a transcript of parts of the interview.

Part 1 of 5 deals with:
Introduction of himself
Overview -politics and economy – of what has happened in Algeria from 1960 – 2002

Part 2 of 5 deals with:
2002 first “weak” reforms started
times of terror, 1996 was the peak of terrorism in Algeria political and social system up until today

Part 3 of 5 deals with:
Algeria within Africa
Relation between private sector and government
Freedom of Speech, Media
Looking for new forms of government

Part 4 of 5 deals with:
Need for a Vision / Lack of Leadership
Algeria needs first of all stabilization, decent life for everybody
Drivers for transformation
Role of Internet / Mobile

Part 5 of 5 deals with:
Social Society
Autocratic systems are in times of crises “better” for transformation than democracies
His personal role within the existing system