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The Changing Press: Chanchal Sarkar; Popular Prakashan, Bombay; IT IS NOT often that one hears sombre, informed criticism of the Indian press; and it is rarely that someone from the inside offers constructive suggestions. There are, of course, politicians who are constantly giving unasked advice on what the Press should, or should not, do. Public sermons to the Press are not wanting, or lacking in colour. In fact, whenever the opportunity presents itself, one can hear homilies being read on the responsibilities of the Press. These, howsoever well meant (and often enough they are not so), are generally ignored; in part because those who dispense with advice are hardly in a position to do so with any kind of authority and partly because repetition takes the edge off criticism. That is why Chanchal Sarkar's "The Changing Press" is so welcome. Sarkar's credentials are impressive. He was for 10 years Assistant Editor of 'The Statesman', first in Calcutta and then in New Delhi. He has been parliamentary correspondent, leader- writer, columnist and special correspondent at home and abroad. He has been consultant to the Government of India's Committee on Information and Broadcasting Media, a member of the Judging Committee for awards of excellence in Printing and Designing, and director of the Press Institute of India since it was set up in 1963. If anyone can speak with authority on the Press in India, therefore, Chanchal Sarkar can.

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