Okay, 2 things that we all need early in the morning are: a cup of hot tea and a crisp newspaper. The former may not be a major problem, but the latter certainly is. At least I find it so…
When I was in school I was forced to read Times of India, as our school was an NIE (Newspaper-in-education) member. It was compulsory for us to purchase the subsidized and edited version of ToI. This was the same ToI but had none of ToI’s USPs like Delhi Times and other A-rated material.
In early college days, bored of ToI, I switched to Hindustan Times for a while. But within a short period I learnt that ToI and HT are both liberal (read insignificant) newspapers. They are full of errors; including, but not limited to, grammatical errors [citations needed ;-)].
Being a part of the great Indian CAT-XAT herd, I must read some intellectual, heavy weight stuff like the Hindu.
Okay, so I switched to the Hindu. But frankly, whenever this paper publishes anything other than purely information, I can’t help but disagree majorly with the content. I realized this during the 2006 abti-OBC reservation protests, in which this newspaper had all editorials almost exclusively taking the pro-reservation stand point. [In the name of citations, no links to anti-merit stuff will be provided. If you cannot give us our due seats, we cannot give you your due links]
Yet, putting all my love for “youth for equality” aside and exercising tolerance I continue to read Hindu as I am still a part of the CAT-XAT herd.
And so, every 2nd or 3rd day, I read an editorial in our national newspaper which really makes me say “oh-really, you think we readers can buy anything in the name of editorial?” The portrayal of Mayawati as the goddess-to-watch-out-for, Left as ideologically superior-est (source: any page on www.hinduonnet.com) and poor Dalai Lama as a puppet of so-called Western democracy & the wealthy beneficiary of a superstitious and feudal system.
Agreed that this newspaper doesn't seem to have huge commercial interestes. Instead it is likely that it has other bigger vested interests [citations majorly needed].
And yeah, I do read ‘Economics Time’ and occasionally stuff like ‘The Mint’ too. But these for me are only bizpapers (spare me for such super BROAD generalizations). But can any1 suggest a really balanced news paper, which refrains from taking biased one-sided views? By the way, how is ‘The Indian Express’?
PS: Dear ‘The Hindu’ & my readers (if any) - please note that these are totally and only my views and please take them as just an expression of freedom of speech.
Exercise restraint in case you beg to differ :-)