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News Snippets

  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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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.