Sunday, February 4, 2007

Not much of a Sunday

The Sunday papers were a yawn, for the most part. And I don't want to talk--at least not today--about the same old thing: bad language and pedestrian reportage. 'The Hindu' had at least two good stories on the third page (as distinct from page three, if you please). One was about slum-dwellers' huts (built on the lakebed of 'Durgam Cheruvu) being razed, and their just complaint that the authorities wouldn't dare to touch the big builders doing the same thing. The other report appears right next to this one, and is about the Municipal Commissioner, Sanjay Jaju's visit to parts of Karwan, in the old city. Good human interest stories, both. 'The Munsif' has a cartoon featuring a sherwani-clad man, smoking a hookah ( a dig on the Hyderabad MP, Asad Owaisi, it appears) asking a thug--'kya laaya hai?'--'what have you brought?' The ruffian replies--'Your share of the loot from illegal land-grabbing deals of wakf property and private lands, and money generated from interest'. More on what's going on in the local Urdu papers in another piece.


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