Friday, December 29, 2006

Ringside view of the Front Page

The DC has the most interesting front page for a casual reader today. While it shares the top story with most other newpapers--"Mamata ends 25-day fast", it has a second lead with a caption that forces you to look at it--"State ignores cheap power at home, pays more outside" with a single column story right below:"Opposition lays siege to sub-stations"."Row over burqa ban in Maha gold shops" is an excellent story on a move by some Pune jewellers to bar women in burqas from entering their shops unless they show their faces, and the opposition (by muslim clerics) to this. "General's son displays dad's might at IGI" is a newsy two column piece by Sridhar Kumaraswami from Delhi.
TOI in terms of its front page, isn't far behind. It has the same first lead as the others (Mamta Banerrjee) and on the right-hand top, has a five-column photograph of Aishwarya Rai (in a burqa) with her mother at the Ajmer Dargah. Then there's a four-column item on the High Court's directions to the state government on Ramoji Rao's petition, with two other interesting pieces at the bottom--"HC seeks Devanna encounter report" on the encounter deaths of a maoist couple and "Rural India survives on Rs. 12/day" (quoting from a National Sample Survey Organization report ).
'The Hindu', is quite true to form as the dear old maid of Mount Road. It has a front page that makes you yawn, barring a five-column photograph of NDA leaders coming out of Rashtrapati Bhavan. A question one might want to ask 'The Hindu' is whether the caning of CPM activists in Sanga Reddy and Vizag merits the front-page attention it managed to get. Or is it because of the party in question?

More after Jan.1....Happy New Year


1 comment:

Hyderabadiz said...

Hold on, we still have one age before you say buy to 2006.

The Dec 18., 2006 Issue of India Today International has the following title on its cover: India 30 years ahead.
Please read that.
A few interesting headlines are:
Saty, You said about Chandigarh, and I quote about it!]:
Q. Which State will be the most prosporous?
A. It will be Chandigarh, followed by Delhi. (p. 29)
This article is written by bibek debroy-- a leading economist. The first para, probably deals with the issue you are dealing, break up of the existing state and its need / results. I quote:
"The question presupposes that states will continue in their present geographical form and will not be broken up. UP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, AP and WB are too large to be governed efficiently."

here is the link to the online version (bookmark this to read the headlines, for free): www.indiatoday.com/itoday/index.html

A web link to the current issue, cited above: www.indiatoday.com/itoday/20061218/index.shtml
Let me know if you don't find this magazine.