There is no other way to say this: the media will miss B.S. Yediyurappa. For three years and two months, the Karnataka chief minister was a photographer’s (and front page editor’s) dream come true, striking poses with his hands, legs, eyes, clothes and general demeanour.
(Thankfully, he has reassured us that he will be back in six months.)
There is also no other way to say this: still photography, especially news photography, is an absolute nightmare these days with television (and outsized advertisements) wrecking the scene. Rare is the photographer who manages to capture the present in a manner that might surprise posterity.
This superb frame, published by Kannada Prabha, in which Yediyurappa is adroitly pushing a laddoo into his successor D.V. Sadananda Gowda‘s mouth while simultaneously reining in his left hand and glowering at his arch-rival H.N. Ananth Kumar, is an exception.
It captures almost everything that has happened in the Karnataka BJP over the past week (and indeed in the past three years and two months, if not more), and it shows the tenuous relationships within the BJP, like perhaps no TV camera can. Or will.
Photograph: K.Ravi, courtesy Kannada Prabha
It is no wonder the newspapers are not much inclined to get good cartoonists these days. Some of these pictures of Yeddy could put best of cartoonists to shame! Are they not blend or cocktail of photo-cartoons. It is pity that photo-journos of Karnataka have been disserviced by Lokayukta Hegde atleast for next six months. Yeddy’s rival politician’s gain is Karantaka photo-journo’s loss. I sympathise with likes of K. Ravi!