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News Snippets

  • MS Dhoni decides to take a two-month break, will skip West Indies tour but will not retire
  • Phagu Chauhan is the new Governor of Bihar while Ramesh Bais has been appointed as that of Tripura
  • Governors: Anandiben Patel shifted from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh and Lalji Tandon from Bihar to Madhya Pradesh
  • Naga talks interlocutor RN Ravi appointed as Governor of Nagaland
  • Noted lawyer Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed as new Governor of West Bengal
  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
Former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit dies following a cardiac arrest. She was 81
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Turning the Front Page into Page 3

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Till now, we were used to sensationalism on the television channels. The Sheena Bora murder case has turned mainstream media sensationalist too. Someone has rightly commented that the Front Page has now become Page 3. The situation is going out of hand with a daily dose of tit-bits about the dramatis persona in the case dominating news in India. Who is interested in reading so much trash about Peter Mukherjea, Indrani Mukherjea and her various husbands and their combined progeny? Evidence says almost everyone.

Scandal sells and sells so forcefully that our venerated newspapers have turned into screaming tabloids. If someone in public life is involved in a serious crime like murdering her own daughter, it definitely is front page news, maybe for a period of two or three days as developments unfold. But digging up the past of such a person and splashing it all over the front page is not mainstream news. It is plain, simple gossip and is not worth front paging by venerated newspapers.

But almost everyone now believes in the maxim that people should be given what they want. Hence, when we pick up the newspapers these days, we have headlines like “Indrani stoic in court while daughter breaks down” and have two column into 25 cms photographs of a police officer carrying a suitcase that was to be used to carry Indrani’s sons body after he was murdered too, on the front page. Do these items deserve to be on the front page even a week after the story first broke? I am of the opinion that they do not and should have been relegated to the inside pages long ago.

But the urge to attract new readers and do what others are doing is so strong that not one newspaper has gone off the story and moved on to more pressing items. Indrani Mukherjea should demand royalty from the press for squeezing every little drop out of her life. There were big pictures of her parents’ house in Guwahati, for God’s sake, as if anyone would be interested to know how her parents live. But there are readers for these stories and the newspapers are catering to the lowest common denominator, never mind journalistic standards.