Indian newspaper headlines today, by contrast, are understandably all about the extension of the “lockdown”. In all but two mainline dailies, IMF’s forecast that India’s GDP will grow by a mere 1.5% is hidden on the inside pages.
Astonishingly, as India looks at a humongous economic and social challenge following the 40-day shutdown, not one of the newspapers find the forecasts of a -1% growth (ICRA) or a 0% prediction (Barclays) worthy of notice.
Only The Telegraph (above) keeps the “economic lockdown” front and centre, although it uses it as an umbrella headline for two other stories.
The Times of India, page 1 brief, IMF on page 9; Barclays in copy
Hindustan Times: page 1 brief, IMF on page 9, Barclays blurb
Financial Express: page 1 brief, IMF on page 2; Barclays in copy
The Indian Express: Not on front page, two-column on page 11, no Barclays
The Hindu: not on page one; IMF on page 13; no Barclays in copy
Deccan Herald: not on page one; IMF on page 9; Barclays in copy
The Tribune: one-line IMF blurb, page one
The New Indian Express: not on page one, nothing inside
Deccan Chronicle: not on page one, nothing inside
As with nearly everything else, the disdain for news of substance in the language newspapers is apparent.
Dainik Bhaskar, Nagpur: not on page one, IMF on page 10
Eenadu, Hyderabad: nothing on page one, Barclays on page 10
Vijaya Karnataka, Bangalore: IMF brief on page 1
Dainik Jagran, Delhi: not on page one, nothing inside