Friday, July 29, 2005

How low can a "newspaper" fall

"Marooned without TOI", screams the headline, informing pathetic readers that celebrities started their day without the Mumbai edition Times of India, the self-proclaimed "leading English Daily of the world". This, the day after half of Mumbai was drowned by 37 inches of pouring rain. This, when over 200 people had died due to the deluge. This, when rumours of a tsunami were spreading around the city, causing small stampedes.

Clearly, that was far less important than Kumaramangalam Birla and Akshay Kumar not getting their morning newspaper.

Read more about it in Uma's fantastic post, and Faderu's pithy post on DesiMedia, and a typically strong post from Suhail.

Read it all, and weep. This newspaper, decades ago the pride of the nation, and a bastion of upright news reporting, has become such a disgustingly pathetic rag.

addendum: Also, Arnab's post really hits the nail on the head. Other blogs pointing out to this issue: Charu, Reuben, Dilip, Aditya and Suman.

Meanwhile, here's Mumbai help, and Cloudburst Mumbai. What a great effort.

18 comments:

charu said...

this was really the pits, I know... have a(nother) post on the newspaper scene in Bombay today on my blog - check it out - have said a similar thing about HT there - about its long history and where it is today, given that history...

Michael Higgins said...

Hi Sunil
Yes, I saw Uma's post. I think it is a public relations disaster for TOI.
Btw, I believe Rohit Gupta goes by the nom de blog of Fadereu and blogs at C**S**F.

Btw, You are the star of the day at my blog. (I'm surprised you haven't been there yet).

GREATBONG said...

Sunil...these are the people who really saved Mumbai.

Kaps said...

i dunno why people like Kumaramangalam Birla are agreeing to be featured in such articles.

Vikram A. said...

Hi Sunil,

Does TOI ever respond to any criticism by changing their newspaper for the better? I don't think so. It's a shame that people continue to read that garabage.

Vikram

Sunil said...

Charu....it's sad to see newspapers like HT and TOI, which were bastions of accurate news, and which strongly supported India's freedom struggle, be reduced to such levels.

Michael.....Fadereu is Rohit......and I'm awfully embarrassed (in a nice way) with your post.

Arnab.....even by your standards.....that was a super post.

Kaps....I share your wonder. Why would Birla need to do this? Perhaps the Birla group buys stories in the TOI, like any other advertisement.

Vikram....as far as I know, TOI won't respond to any criticism....as long as their advertising revenues are as strong as they are now. So, what we need to do is to stop buying that rag, and if we are reading that rag online, use pop up killers to kill all their ad spam (and not even by mistake click on any of their ads).

Old Path said...

It seems TOI thinks of itself like the rooster who thought sun rose everyday because he crowed. Ridiculous.

Dilip D'Souza said...

Sunil, the shame is that they will pay no attention. Unless this blograge over it gathers enough momentum and they notice. But likely not even then.

pennathur said...

ToI and other rags survive on the well determined premise that there will always be enough cynical people. Not to be outdone are dorks like Siddharth Varadarajan who can spend a month in Bangladesh and never write a single line about the HRBCM. You have cynicism of the right as well as the left. Not much to choose between them.

Unfortunately 1000s depend upon the Times of India for their livelihood. If not for them it would be a good idea to extinguish this moronic vehicle once and for all.

The other day CR Irani passed away in Calcutta - fighting as always to the end. And here in Bombay you have a bunch of irresponsible jute press barons thriving on people's misery. Finding a haystack aflame it looks like ToI decided to light a cigarette with the fire.

Sunil said...

Madhu...yeah....I'm reminded of a rooster in an asterix comic....that crowed in the middle of the night....(perverse, but what to do?)

Dilip....one can only do what one can do.....after that....we'll see.

Pennathur, nice to see your comment. Too many dorks around indeedd. CR Irani was a giant, and too few even knew about him.

I'm especially saddened with what's happened to the TOI, because even up to the late 80's, it was an excellent newspaper.

charu said...

Sunil, and now Mr Big B goes without a bath for three days - says the front page of Deccan Chronicle here in Madras. sigh!

Iyer the Great said...

TOI must give up pretentions of being a serious newspaper. Having "reinvented" themselves, I see no way back for them now - particularly with their redearship increasing.

Over the past few years I had been lamenting the dip in quality of The Hindu - but thankfully nothing of the sort that you see in TOI or HT.

Siddharth Varadarajan said...

I recently came across a comment somebody called 'Pennathur' left where he had called me a 'dork' for spending one month in Bangladesh and not writing about the HRBCM report.

I don't know where he got the impression that I spent that kind of time there. I have visited Bangladesh only twice, the first time for 4 days in 2001 following the BSF-BDR spat, and the second time in 2004, September, when I was in Dhaka for barely 3 days, for a conference.

One of the by-products of making such fleeting visits is that one ends up writing about breaking developments, which in September 2004, happened to be the bomb attack in Dhaka, the charges that Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Khaleda traded, and the usual blame-game vis-a-vis India which followed. (Please see http://svaradarajan.blogspot.com/2000/06/bangladesh.html)

The Hindu has a full-time correspondent based in Dhaka -- Haroon Habib -- whose job it is to monitor stories of the kind you mentioned (i.e. rights of minorities, etc). If you do an archive search, you will see that my colleague has covered this story amply.

Thank you.

Siddharth Varadarajan
Deputy Editor
The Hindu
New Delhi.

pennathur said...

Siddharth has emailed me about his reply to my post over here and requests that I edit my post. I stand corrected. I did not know that he spent a month last year in Bangladesh - only a few days. Now I do.

But I don't see why he did not comment on majoritarian violence in Bangladesh even if it was such a short visit.

pennathur said...

I could have criticised Siddharth without calling him a dork. I shd preview my posts before I click on Post

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