I am seriously worried over the future of genuine journalists. The rate at which the retired IAS, IPS officers, self-styled socialites and celebrities,politicians, businessmen and even hoodlums are making it to the edit pages it seems journos will soon be out of business.
Men like KPS Gill who allegedly pinched a woman in an indecent manner appear on edit pages along with their photos and sermonise the society. Joginder Singh, Jaya Jaitley, Arun Nehru, Suhel Seth, MN Buch may come from different streams but have slowly graduated from op-ed to editorial page and regularly appear on these pages.
The people who ruined our system in the last 59 years have now replaced the academicians and scholars to become professional writers who can churn out 500-600 words on any topic. It started in Sports when cricketers began writing columns and soon they eclipsed all. Now the situation is getting out of hand. And their sons and daughters are also becomeing journos with quite an ease. In English journalism probably we wouldn't find middle-class journos in future. So what will be the face of journalism five to ten years from now? Will it be all P-3 with little conviction or may be I am just being cynic and jealous of the bureaucrats who easily make it to the edit pages.