"the utter innumeracy of our media exceeded only by its utter willingness to put out anything"
Shourie may have been reading some of Rajeev's earlier articles. The Indian media is too dumb to know and too callous to care.
I have a less charitable explanation - these media folks have been bought for Yankee silver. I have no way of proving it of course - but cash payments from the US embassy can go a long way. I am surprised by the Planning Commission putting out garbage though - or maybe not it is a Nehruvian device used to Nehruvian purpose