Despite stitching up one of the biggest media deals in recent times, TV18′s Raghav Bahl is among four media persons who have crashed out of the Indian Express list of the 100 most powerful people in the year of the lord 2012.
N. Ram, the former editor-in-chief of The Hindu (No. 73 in last year’s list) finds himself in the doghouse having remitted office recently, as does Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami (No. 90), who had edged out NDTV’s Barkha Dutt in the 2011 ranking. Also out is Sun TV boss Kalanidhi Maran (No. 38).
One media figure makes a lateral entry: the new press council chairman, Justice Markandey Katju.
As in the past, the list contains a bit of trivia.
# No. 69, Sanjay Gupta and Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Dainik Jagran: “Sanjay loves watching Hollywood films while M.M. Gupta likes Hindi film songs of the sixties.”
# No. 71, Shobhana Bhartia, Hindustan Times: “She is a fitness freak.”
# No. 72, Uday Shankar, Star India: “He enjoys cooking Indian food. He loves experimenting so much that he never repeats a dish.”
# No. 73, Arun Shourie: “The prolific writer’s next book is an ‘expanded’ edition of Falling over backwards, which he had written in 2006, arguing against the reservation policy and judicial populism.”
# No. 80, Aveek Sarkar, Ananda Bazaar Patrika group: “He is passionate about art and has a large collection of works from the Bengal school of art and the Raj era.”
# No. 83, Justice Markandey Katju, press council chairman: “It’s not just Urdu poet Ghalib whom Katju likes, he is equally fond of Sanskrit poet Kalidas.”
As in previous years, Indian Express does not reveal how the list was arrived at or who the jury members were, although it asks readers to write to the jury (email@example.com) “if you disagree with our jury”.
The tabloid supplement carrying the 2012 list has been “presented” by Central Park, a developer, and Campus shoes. The lead sponsor like last year is IRB infrastructure developers.
Among the advertisers is Nobel Hygiene which makes adult diapers.
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