The Truth is Dead. Long Live Fake News

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The Truth is Dead. Long Live Fake News

Illustration: Akshita Monga


n a sequence of words nobody – not on the Indian Right, not on the Left – thought they’d ever write, Indian liberals greeted an announcement from the PM’s office with unmasked joy. Before you start checking the sky for flying pigs or weather reports for Hell freezing over, it is worth knowing that Mr Modi was working against his own government, ordering the Ministry of Information to recall its threat of stripping journalists accused of spreading fake news of their accreditation.

That was a masterstroke, Modiji, a much-needed and welcome intervention from the man in charge of India’s highest office. But it is also a sobering confirmation of the fact that even those at the highest levels of government are in a bit of a quandary, because the fake news behemoth is a many-headed hydra.