Ayodhya headline gets Times of India in a jam

India’s “liberal” English media, the pet hate of the RSS-BJP-VHP for its “pseudo-secular” way of looking at its actions and transgressions, has once again become the favourite target of “pseudo-nationalists” emboldened by the Allahabad high court judgement in the Ayodhya title dispute.

On the evening of the judgement, the BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, a counsel for one of the petitioners, spent plenty of airtime patting himself on the back, strutting around as an apostle of peace, and barking at English TV anchors from Barkha Dutt to Rajdeep Sardesai.

The print media has not been immune from criticism either.

The Times of India apparently received much criticism for its “2 parts for Hindus, 1 part for Muslims” banner headline (above) to the lead story by senior editor Manoj Mitta, an accurate summation of the court verdict which trifurcated the disputed land.

So much so, the paper has a clarification on the front page today.

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  1. S Krishna Kumar

    I am baffled by the criticism of the headline. Really, what is there to criticise? I am also equally baffled by the readiness of TOI to apologize to any loonies get offended by its headlines, stories or cartoons

  2. Mahesh Vijapurkar

    I am dazed to know The Times of India considers two unnamed newspapers ‘well-regarded’ and also ‘national’ – its monopoly is in doubt?

  3. Susheel

    Indeed, it was wrong. Because you could have said, one part for the Mosque, one part for the nirmohi akhara and one part for the ram temple.

    But you want to senationalise.

    You also glorify the b*tards like thackerays in your newspaper every day.

    How can you say that you are balanced?

    To add,Bombay times is full of marketing gimmicks, where you present a news article as if it was a feature/news but in reality it is a promotion campaign in the disguise of news headlines on Bombay Times.

    Another thing, why is your ‘Bombay Times’ not ‘Mumbai Times’ yet?

  4. Andy

    The headline may not have been incorrect, but is mischievous for sure.

  5. Jugaad King

    The apology is not surprising… I am more than certain it originated from the top, if you know what I mean…

  6. MuraleeDharan Raghavan

    Need not worry about the headlines newspapers use in the front page. Worry when they force the readers to go through the front full page advertisements of dubious real estate developers!

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