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Former TOI group vice-chairman no more


sans serif records the demise of Rustom Cowasjee Cooper, a former non-executive chairman of The Times of India group, in London on Tuesday, 18 June 2013. He was 91.

Mr Cooper, an accountant by training, won the bank nationalisation case in 1971 and was a general secretary of the Swatantra Party, C. Rajagopalachari‘s party that was opposed to Nehruvian socialism.

Hat tip: Law and other things

Also read: TOI reports first Indian sub’s death after 22 days


In the digital era, affection of the analog kind

She is the doyenne of news photography in India; the country’s first woman news photographer. He is the master of magazine and feature photography.

Little wonder, when Raghu Rai met Homai Vyarawalla at the launch of a new line of digital cameras in Bombay on Thursday, it was a manna from heaven for lensmen.

Photograph: courtesy Mumbai Mirror

Also read: The woman who happily shot Nehru and Gandhi

Five photography tips from ace lensman, Raghu Rai

For Modi, like Bush, either you’re with us, or…

Sagarika Ghose writes that in the “opposition-free environment” of Gujarat, it is the media that is the only opposition to the alpha-male of Gujarati asmita, Narendra Modi. And like the masses he lords over, he has ensured that there is a sharp polarisation among the messages carrying his word to them.

Those who sing in his praise get first preference for interviews even if they risk being labelled “fascist sympathiser” or “closet saffron”. Those who don’t, like the English media, are “left-inclined upper class Nehru-style firangis who, ever since the neglect of Sardar Patel by the Congress, have failed to give Gujarat its due.”

The idea is to set up a Delhi vs Gandhinagar battle. The reason, writes Ghose, is that Gujarat 2002, was India’s first televised riot:

Television images branded themselves so powerfully on the national consciousness that normally apolitical people were galvanized into outrage, commissions and courts gasped in horror and took pro-active steps, conscientious folk found themselves becoming activists and secular society at large got the demon that it collectively and subconsciously yearned for.

“Seeing” has meant doing. Media images of the riots have spurred a courageous activist movement which has systematically followed cases and provided legal aid. A prosecution and investigation that was simply not neutral was challenged. Witnesses who were being paid off or threatened were provided protection. Perhaps because of this media-inspired activist movement, many of the injustices of 2002 have been realized and fought.

Read the full column: The politics of seeing

More things change, more they remain the same

From The Hindu, 10 November 1957:

Inaugurating the 13th annual session of the All-India Newspaper Editors’ Conference in New Delhi on November 8, Prime Minister Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru outlined what he thought should be the approach of Indian newspapers which were now “on the verge of a vast increase in circulation,” consequent on the spread of literacy.

Nehru said: “We live in an age of continuing revolution and for this we must have a mind which keeps pace with it. While we are trying to build up a new India and to raise the living standards of our people, I think it is not unfair or improper to expect all our newspapers to help in this process.”

Nehru exhorted the newspapers “to recover that old enthusiasm which they had in the days of freedom struggle, apply it to the new conditions and infuse a spirit of adventure in the minds of the readers.”

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