ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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With an Eye to Headlines

With an Eye to Headlines Nireekshak THE late President of France, Charles de Gaulle, in his book "Memoirs of Hope" refers to journalists as "people whose sensitivity to human values if blunted by their profession, whose judgments make no impression unless they are caustic, and who often, with in eye to headlines, circulation, sensation, hope to have failures rather than successes to report". Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's view of the Press must be somewhat similar. Like de Gaulle, she has discovered "that all the political, professional and journalistic vested interests added together did not express the will of the people". Also like de Gaulle, she seems to be developing a sort of contempt for journalistic scepticism and occasional opportunism. This is indicated by her scant regard for newspaper criticism, be it on the Nagarwala episode, the so- called election poster scandal, or the small car project.

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