The Agent Provocateurs of War


The Agent Provocateurs of War

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza/ Arré


little over a year into my burgeoning (or burning) journalism career with a top Lutyens media company in Noida’s famed Film City, the wretched truth of big media hit me with the force of a billion Arnab kilotons: If Hafiz Saeed were to fall dead, a lot of our prime-time anchors would be out of jobs.

Their entire existence (already fading away in cultural relevance as most millennials don’t watch TV news) would cease, if they couldn’t blame Pakistan for the poor plumbing in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s saffron bathroom.