In these days of new media, Twitter and wikileaks sweeping the whole world, do we need a WPF Day? I said even as I was reading the day’s newspaper.
Well yes, atleast in the Indian context, replied my husband.
Do you mean to say our press has no freedom at all? I asked.
No, I didn’t mean in that sense, he parried.
Then in what sense do you mean? I said.
I am sure you as a journalist should know better, he said accusingly.
Yes it’s true that whatever story we write doesn’t always get published, I complained.
The reason is obvious, he observed.
You mean the policy of the paper or space has to do with it? I asked.
Not so much the policy as the whims and fancies of the man sitting at the top, he explained.
Probably on his favourites as well, I finished for him.
Thank God, I am glad you have some commonsense, he remarked.
Plenty of it, I corrected.
Now coming back to WPF Day, what happened to the story you sent to your favourite newspaper? He wanted to know.
You mean the story I wrote about ‘Expressing without fear or favour’?
Yes, he nodded.
Isn’t the answer obvious?, I trailed off.
n.meera raghavendra rao