20 October, 2020

Making Headlines

The Telegraph’s campy, witty headings fling the choicest barbs

Making Headlines

Nationwide front page headlines of print and digital media—studded with photos of BJP, Con­gress and JD(S) leaders—cried hoarse about fears of ‘horse-­­trading’ after the results of the Karnataka state elections decl­ared a hung assembly last week. Readers of The Telegraph in Calcutta and other eastern cities woke up to a startling sight on its front page on May 19—a four square column photograph of the forest brigand Veerappan, his moustache twirled in defiance, the brown belt of his AK-47 slung over his left shoulder. ‘Veerappan Test Today’, leapt out the accompanying headline, drawing a bold parallel between the smuggler of animals with the kind of ‘poaching’ prevalent in Indian politics. “Nearly 14 years after the death of the Karnataka-born brigand who hunted elephants,” read the caption, “Veerappans in whites are said to be on the prowl to poach MLAs.” The next day, when BJP’s Yeddyurappa resigned, the front page loudly exclaimed ‘Ouch Din’, choosing to...



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