Kolkata’s The Telegraph has gained new reputation of carrying incredibly creative front page headlines while taking on the ruling establishment. In February this year, the newspaper had published a collage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s real emotions through a series of so called ‘grief-stricken’ photos since 14 February. Now it seems the newspaper has found competition within its own organisation, from Anandabazar Patrika.
Taking a dig at Modi’s much-claimed press conference on Friday, The Telegraph once again took a dig at the prime minister by carrying a series of Modi’s silent images during his much hyped about presser yesterday. He was expected to indulge in a Q&A session with reporters. The Telegraph’s front page headline instead had a ‘no honking’ road sign in a bid to drive home a point that Modi, the megaphone had fallen silent in the face of expecting questions from reporters.
The Telegraph’s front page treatment of Modi’s presser that wasn’t would have earned the paper plenty of accolades once again had it not been for its sister publication Anandabazar Patrika, which appeared to steal its thunder this time. The headline by Anandabazar Patrika on Modi’s non-existing presser simply said, “Nirav Modi.” Nirav Modi, a close friend of PM Modi, is currently hiding in London after deceiving Punjab National Bank (PNB) of over Rs 11,000 crore with his uncle Mehul Choksi.
Nirav Modi has since then been a constant source of embarrassment for PM Modi since a week before his financial fraud came to light, he was posing with the Indian prime minister at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Nirav in Bengali also means silent and Anandabazar Patrika found it perfect to take a potshot at Modi’s press conference that wasn’t.
In March this year, The Telegraph had trolled Modi with another powerful front page headline, which screamed, “WANTED, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU ALIAS THE ORIGINAL SINNER.’