Fair criticism of “Indian beauty” – Writing Leaders, The Hindu Way

by ARUN MOHAN SUKUMAR, The Hindu ‘Edit Room’

A proposal to use the Miss America episode as a peg to slam Indian prejudices about dark skin was debated at length by the editorial board. Here’s how it unfolded.

The Hindu’s leader writers meet every day at noon in our Chennai office. The purpose of our meeting is two-fold: to identify crucial topics that merit an editorial and allot them to specific writers. The second is a rather straightforward process. Our team comprises writers who specialise in various topics, be it politics, science, the environment, sports, business, law or foreign policy – we are almost always sure who the best person to editorialise an issue is.

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