Daily Archives: 1 May 2007

What makes an award-winning photograph

CNN-IBN has just announced the winners of its Rising India photography contest for citizen journalists. And this picture, by O.P. Soni from Indore, has been adjudged by Raghu Rai as the best of the nearly 5,000 entries, because it encapsulates “fun and humour and modernity”. View the video: Winners of Rising India photo contest

Is a newspaper more powerful than a minister?

MATHIHALLI MADAN MOHAN asks from Hubli: Is a media house more powerful than a minister in the State government of Karnataka? Seemingly so, going by what happened in Hubli in two recent instances last week. A couple of days ago, Samyukta Karnataka, the flagship Kannada newspaper from the Loka Shikshana Trust, Hubli, had organised the…

Death isn’t the great leveller on the obit page

Last week, when the master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich passed into netherworld, Bobby Pickett, the creator of Monster Mash, the dumbest song Elvis Presley ever heard, also bid goodbye to the world. The Daily Telegraph, London, carried a large, magisterial obituary of the former on its obit page, but also accommodated a pithy obit of the…

Your freedom ends where my nose begins

If a song causes 80 per cent of its listeners to commit suicide, should the song be banned or does the song writer still reserve the right of expression? It’s an interesting variant of the theory that freedom of expression doesn’t mean we are free to run into a crowded movie hall and shout “fire”,…

What the stars foretell for you this month

It’s the beginning of a new month, and Michael Lomas has the May astrology for writers on the citizen journalism site, Oh My News. But can he really be saying this of the Star Sign of the Zodiac? Now look here, let’s be serious about your affliction this month and do something about it. Go…