Tag: Indian Express

Plots and song

”Bhushans get two prime farmhouse plots from Mayatwati govt for a song” said the headline of Indian Express on 20/4/2011.

What song? Munni badnam hui? Sheela ki jawani? Dum maro dum? Did Bhushans sing the song in front of Mayawati?

The cost of the plot is Rs.3.5 crore. At the time of allotment 35 lakh rupees were to be paid. The rest to be paid in 16 instalments over 10 years. Is 3.5 core rupees a small amount? If it is less than quarter of the market rate what is the market rate? Sometimes the campaign against someone has motives other than exposing the wrongdoing. As Dom Moraes wrote in his book the campaign against Abdul Rahman Antulay was because Ramnath Goenka did not get cement.

As Elliot Carver said in Tomorrow Never Dies: The most important question is not what, where or when. It is why.

Why did the report appear? The CD failed to get the Bhushans out of the drafting committee. This was another attempt. By the way Elliott Carver was a newspaper owner. He tried his best to China and England fight a war. He did not succeed and had a watery grave.

Then came the report that the government owned Central Forensic Science Laboratory found the CD not tampered with. This contradicted report from Truth Labs which had held the CD was tampered with. Truth Labs stood by its report.

Nobody from Indian Express appeared on Karan Razdan’s Last Word on CNN-IBN on 22/4/2011.

According to a poll 65% of people want Bhushans to stay in the committee. They see the attacks on Bhushans as an attempt to derail the Lokpal Bill. Somebody has filed a PIL against notification of formation of drafting committee of Lokpal Bill. Somebody has filed a PIL against Anna Hazare. Santosh Hegde is considering quitting the Lokpal Bill panel. The targeting of activists will not stop if Bhushans quit and others take their place.

Journalists and exaggerations

Journalists are expected to report facts without exaggerations. They do not have the liberty to exaggerate. Poets and writers of fiction have the liberty to exaggerate.

“De Villiers was quick to get to the ball, running Dravid out at the striker’s end by a mile.” (Aditya Iyer – Gambhir, Tendulkar keep India in hunt – The Indian Express – 4/1/2011.)

“While television replays showed that the ball would’ve jumped the stumps by a mile, umpire Asad Rauf couldn’t resort to such technological luxuries, dismissing de Villiers for a patient 33.” (Aditya Iyer – Durban Legend – The Indian Express – 30/12/2010.)

A mile has eight furlongs. A furlong has 220 yards. A yard has three feet. A foot has 12 inches. Cricket pitch is of 22 yards. Rahul Dravid was away from the striker’s end by some inches or feet but not by a mile. In A. B. de Villiers’ case the ball could have jumped the stumps by some inches but not by a mile.

Once there was a murder in Malad. A report mentioned the body was cut into 300 pieces. Did the reporter count the pieces?

At the end of December 2010 many flights in USA were cancelled. NDTV 24 X 7 reported ”Tons of flights cancelled.” Not dozens. Not hundreds. Since when flights are measured in tons?

Indian Express repetitions

I come across repetitions in The Indian Express.

The article “The hormone of laddishness” that appeared under Science and Technology section on 3/5/2010 was a repetition of the article “The CSI effect” that had appeared on 30/4/2010.

The article “The long march – The yuan and global imbalances” with a picture of Chinese currency that appeared on 1/7/2010 was a repetition of the article “Mecca vs Las Vegas” about a Saudi tower with a graph of heights of towers that had appeared on 30/6/2010.

The news item “No relief for ketchup colonel” on page 6 on 9/7/2010 was repeated on page 7 of the same day.

Such repetitions have taken place before. What has the editor of The Indian Express to say about them?

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