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Why Blog

By Rajiv Shah
I started blogging in May 2011, when I was with the Times of India’s Gandhinagar representative, looking after Gujarat government. The credit for this goes to Bharat Desai, who was editor of the paper then. I was discussing with him how, when I went to see a Gandhi museum on the spot of yet-to-built Mahatma Mandir, I saw life-size, even bigger, photos and cut outs of Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister. The Modi displays outsmarted those of the Mahatma, not to talk of other national movement leaders.
“I am reminded of what I saw when I was in Cuba in 1985 for a ‘Patriot’ assignment”, I told him. “I saw larger than life screens showing Cuban leader Fidel Castro giving speeches... Screens were on roads, in hotel where we stayed, everywhere.” Prompt came Desai’s advise: “Why not write a blog on this?” A blog? Only a chosen few in the Times of India were allowed, I thought. But I was happy.
He chose me, forwarded my first blog, and it was published. Thereafter, I wrote 86 blogs for the Times of India, the last one being “The Wavering Vaghela” in July 2017, which was removed from its site after publishing it, with no reasons given.
No complaints, part of journalistic hazards, I thought, but stopped writing blogs for the Times of India thereafter. I argued with myself: Why not spend time instead on writing stories for my own news site, Counterview, which is an open forum, where all can write? This is what I have been almost exclusively doing since July 2017.
In this site, CounterView.In, apart from my Counterview articles, I have sought to include all my blogs published in Counterview, reflecting by blogging skills, whatever they were left of me after a span of two years plus. The reason for writing blogs is simple: All journalistic stories cannot be blogs. All of my Times of India blogs can be accessed here, and except a few, they can also be accessed here.
After all, by definition a blog is considered a truncation of "weblog"; a blog is a discussion or an informational writings on website consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries. I have reproduced them in CounterView.In.
Please feel free to read, comment, react, criticize. Email id: counterview.net@gmail.com

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