What would you say if someone started vaccination programs for 50 year olds, or an immunization program for those on the death bed? Wasted effort, too late, non sense? Pick your reaction. Now, I may sound like over-dramatizing the talk around reservations in IITs and IIMs. But media and politicos beating so much drum around reservations in higher education institutions does make me react.
They spotted Bhajji eating bananas, and thus started the latest round of monkey gesture allegations. From now on, a program director from Animal Planet channel will accompany media-men as they keep watch on Bhajji, his habits and gestures. Bihar will boycott all movies made in Bollywood, and Raj Thackrey, in turn, will force Mumbai-wallahs to make only Marathi movies. Whatever.
In the middle of all the news in papers over last month, here are 2 smallish items I have hand-picked for you. One of them said that Supreme Court has prevented UP state government from stopping screening of Jodha-Akbar in that state. UP banned Jodha Akbar for the most un-democratic of reasons – “to maintain law and order”. Wonder whose job it is to maintain law and order, and the right to freedom of expression? SC judges agreed, though March 14 is when we will hear more on this interesting petition.
“Around 13000: the number of movie screens in India, compared to 65000 and 36000 in China and the US respectively”
Picked up above stats from a magazine recently. I thought we had a bigger movie industry compared to China. And I thought we were more movie crazy than US. What explains the numbers then? Piracy? Preference to watch older Movies on TV? Bigger Cinema halls here? Or the count doesn’t include tons of video parlors in smaller towns?
May be I should go pickup some shares of PVR and Shringar Cinema today.
[Cross posted on Praja-Bangalore]
How interesting to see different media houses use varying headlines to describe one same PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) survey on Bangalore city and governance.
- “We’re to blame for city’s woes” says Times of India Bangalore
- “Bangaloreans rue city governance” goes NDTV
- “B’lore citizens seek better urban governance” went the source at PTI
Here are some interesting notings from this PWC survey:
Would I be wrong if I called Rediff the biggest group blog with Indian content?
Are interactive-format websites really responsible for any irresponsible unmoderated content their readers contribute for free? A good answer isn’t out yet and is being discussed around the world right now, in many case inside court rooms as well. Can’t dwell on legal aspects of this question in India, but I do have a point to make.
When you run websites like Orkut, Myspace or even a personal blog, it is clear that you are betting on content generated by random readers or users. However, if your primary act is mainstream media with original and paid content, expectations are different.
Ah, was I glad to see major newspapers talk negative about flyovers last week!! The irony is that these same guys were hyping up the ‘f’ word as recently as last year. Anyways, good. They finally realize these things are not the panacea. Yeah they aren’t, I cribbed over an year ago – here, here and here again.
By the way, its not just the mainstream media, Union urban development ministry too has the right language now. Did you read this last week?
The Centre has directed states and cities to draw up comprehensive mobility plans giving priority to pedestrians, non-motorised and public transport as rising travel demands have resulted in a disproportionate increase in private vehicle use … Officials … explained that the comprehensive moblity plan … is required to focus on the mobility of people instead of vehicles.
Not to say that things like flyovers or elevated expressways are not needed. But if their net result is going to be increased incentives for using private vehicles, then they are not good for our crowded cities. Sorry, and period.
Look at Intermediate Ring Road (IRR) project. T R Balu said yesterday that he (as in NHAI) will look at funding it. Thousand decibels of hoopla had surrounded the news of STRR and IRR projects when they were announce back in May 2006. Most newspaper did not bother to provide any updates on these projects for close to an year. And now, a mere announcement of support by NHAI gets front page coverage.
Did you notice that in most of these ‘exciting’ articles, media-men don’t bother to ask (NHAI or who-ever-is-responsible for execution CM, BMRDA, KRDCL) as much on dates? As for this particular news on IRR, did you read the fine prints?