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Hindustan Times, today informs, Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) SK Pathak has given a clean chit to railways for accident that took place on 19 October. ..READ MORE
Extracts from the Presidential address at All India Newspaper Editor’s Conference.1947
..The Press in India is now adjusting itself to a complete transformation of scene. Does it not seem but yesterday when we were engaged in grimly fighting the battle of National Herald and Harijan with little hope of stable success? Today, National Herald is digging its toes under ideal conditions of popularity, prestige and security and Harijan is in need of ever-increasing supplies of paper for its expanding circulation..MORE
According to INTUTE- “South Asian Research Centre for Advertisement, Journalism & Cartoons (SARCAJC) is South Asia's first study centre for research into the history and political importance of cartoons, political satire, advertisements and journalism..”.
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Ayodhya Dispute Solution
The Supreme Court of India's efforts to resolve long lasting Ayodhya dispute though mediation has failed. You did read research articles written by its President- Prof Pramila Sharma, written 27 years ago as research input to solve this dispute. READ MORE
Jawaharlal Nehru On Indian Press:
The Press if it wants freedom - which is ought to have must have some balance of mind which is seldom possesses. One cannot have it both ways. Evert freedom in this world is limited, limited not so much by law as by circumstances. We do not wish to come in the way of freedom of the Press. Personally, I am convinced of the freedom of the Press.... More
Channel Watch-Tracking (monitoring?) Television, Radio channels in India
South Asian Research Centre for Advertisement, Journalism & Cartoons (SARCAJC) is first Independent Research Centre in South Asia which undertakes media monitoring in the neglected area of cartoons, advertisements. We study, research, promote, acquire and preserve cartoons, advertisement in Newspapers, Journals, and Magazines that constitute rich cultural heritage of this vast region.Aim for news archives & museum
Recommended- Humourous story with cartoon on Demonetisation. To view click
Only for a Day?
Today is World Environment Day. This has been highlighted by many newspapers on their masthead too. However, is remembrance for a day sufficient to save our earth from mankind greed? Sustainable development a lost word, only cosmetic conventions, conferences- photoshoot opportunities... (5 June 2019)
The last day of the year-2018. Amar Ujala, Aaj Samaj, Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesari (Delhi), Veer Arjun, Mail Today, Tribune and Millennium Post carried no cartoons. Jansatta, Dainik Bhaskar, Indian Express and Times of India carried cartoon focused on New Year. Dainik Jagran cartoon focused on savings, Hindu cartoon took on CM of Uttar Pradesh amidst mob violence. Cartoons in Dainik Tribune have focused on politics in the state of Haryana. Punjab Kesari (Panipat edition) has carried maximum toons- five- 2 on Augusta controversy, Girl child in Haryana, Accidental PM- Manhoman Singh, Modi & Rahul. A friend of SARCAJC points out cartoon in Asian Age on the editorial page focusing on Meghalaya is rather difficult to understand, without any reference of associated news. The supplement of Times of India has carried a large toon: must view, if you are planning to go out to celebrate the New Year with family today! Wow! (31 December 2018)
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Only general awareness
An advertisement informs- “AMR- matlab antibiotics ka beasar ho jaana” This ad in English daily- Times of India (4 February 2019), has used Hindi words to educate the main street. The small fonts at the bottom of this ad reads- “Information contained herein is for general awareness and is not meant to substitute medical advice. Always consult your general physician for any questions or advice regarding a medical condition” A friend of SARCAJC has raised a pertinent question- what about the doctors who prescribe overuse of antibiotics? There is not a word of caution to erring doctors, not a word where to complaint about them. Interestingly, this advertisement has been published by Indian Council for medical Research (ICMR) & Pfizer, a multinational that sells antibiotics. This there any conflict of interest, you decide!
The annual budget is boom for the cartoonists, in era of majority of newspapers granting only a small space for cartoons. Of 21 newspapers scanned, 8 newspapers carried large cartoons on their front page. The large toons carrying newspapers are- Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesari (Delhi, Panipat), Eenadu, Loksatta, Times of India, Mail Today. (2 February 2019)
Fake News Celebrations
The fun festival of Holi has led a newspapers in Hindi- Navbharat Times devoting its front page to fake fun news! (21 March 2019). View cartoons on fake news celebration, made by Sarcajc's CartoOnisTs, VIEW
Whom to believe
One of leading Hindi newspaper- Hindustan on its front page informs that search for missing plane of Indian Air Force is being done by satellite. This news has been procured from Agency. However, the Gurgaon supplement of the same newspaper, courtesy correspondent informs that debris of missing plane has been found by Indian Air Force planes. The news report by correspondent of this newspaper has heading- “Pilot from Digot dies in Aircraft mishap”. All other newspapers scanned today carry the news of continuation of search for the missing Indian Air Force plane. (5 June 2019).
16 February 2018
SARCAJC’S cartoonist has also made a few toons- Mega Bank Scam (PNB). view MORE cartoons, Click to view.
Electoral Reforms: NOTA Power
An advertisement by Office of the Chief Electoral Office, Delhi has appeared with heading in bold- “ Public Notice” Regarding “None of the above option” (NOTA). The ad informs electors who so not wish to vote for any of the contesting candidates can exercise their right to vote by choosing “None of the above option” . That’s indeed a decision to strengthen democracy. But do NOTA really empower voters or is just a toothless option? MORE
From SARCAJc's CaRtooNistS-
FUN hOLi!!! dONT mind, it's holi!
Just dropped by!
Rarely, animals and birds make it to newspaper reports. Today, Rashtriya Sahara informs army of monkeys is having a nice time in various Central Government Ministries and in fact reports that in one ministry situated in South block, monkeys have started munching on food that employees bring in their lunchboxes, not just in one room but in various rooms, during lunch break! Untrained/trained monkeys, a topic for prime time debate? Dainik Bhaskar, inform that crows have been given special training to clear garbage in France. (30/9/18). Birds & animals trapped in concrete jungle can’t raise their voice regarding loss of ecosystem in quest for urbanization but media can.
Most leading newspapers carry from time to time photographs of smiling “women achievers” – majority having privileged backgrounds. Click to read more
One full page in Dainik Jagran dwells on one single question, incidentally is the heading-”What kind of public service?” . The highlight is thoughtful- “…In recently concluded parliament session, a record has been made in terms of low legislative work. Click to view MORE
Women in India are unsafe. SARCAJC has been raising this serious problem for long time. VIEW. The United Nations has also now raised its concern. But why publish photograph of the young girl on front page with name & religion? The leading newspaper -Times of India carried this on its front page on 13 April 2018,. Did you say, why blame just newspapers, even the leading news channels revealed her name, photograph and religion.
Satire of Day
Santosh Trivedi has penned down a satire in Hindi daily- Dainik Jagran-”Deer unhappy over punishment to Tiger”. MORE
Most newspapers are carrying details of the government action of raids, passport suspension, post hue & cry over Nirav Modi Scam, which is over a billion rupee. Dainik Bhaskar stand out today for its large colored cartoon on page 12, where a seeming retired bank officer in formal rags is frying pakora, behind is the logo and board of PNB. He is seem telling a small boy & man (looking surprised) - “PNB.. Meaning pakore naram banege (pakoras will be soft”. The editorial of the day has been penned down by Kalpesh Yagnik, the Group editor of by Dainik Bhaskar which has appeared with heading-“Nirav Modi has looted- who will imprison those who allowed him to loot? “. Kalpesh has informed the readers in details of the mess and has not minced words . Kalpesh questioned why for such a big scam (over Rs billion ) only junior bank employees have been have been made accountable (read suspended) , while top ones have been spared. He has criticized the audacity of the present CEO of PNB - Sunil Mehta to come in front of the media and state in relaxed manner- “Bank is able. Will not allow any loss to any investor/customer””. …He should have been suspended. Court case should have been filed against him. All public sector banks have made a cruel joke. He recounts that for Vijay Mallya scam, State Bank of India (SBI) has not even suspended even one employee, forget any going to jail. He goes on to explain how PNB fraud was executed in simple language. He holds the government responsible. And ends- “Banks are ours. …Bank loss is like our loss. Have to save.”. Not surprising, Dainik Bhaskar claims on its masthead-”You are reading country’s most trusted and Number 1 Newspaper”.
16 February 2018
The Indian banking lead by public sector banks is reeling under tremendous stress, thanks to lack of accountability. Apart from huge pile up of Non performing assets, now scam has emerged in lead by Punjab National Bank (PNB). Look closer to the front page headlines in newspapers scanned by us today:
“Finding NiMo: Nirav & Kin left India by Jan 6”(Times of India)
“ËD seizes assets worth Rs.5100 cr (Financial Express)
“ED seizes Rs. 5100 crore of Nirav Modi assets(Hindu Businessline)
“Pay up, RBI tells PNB”(Business Standard)
“Ägencies seize Rs 5100 cr from Nirav Modi’s firms”(Mint)
“Rs 5100 cr assets seized in PNB case”(Hindu)
“Nirav Modi Virus spreading rapidly”(DNA)
“ËD seizes Ts 501k cr Nirav Modi assets”(Hindustan Times)
“Cong targets Modi on Nirav ‘lonk’, ED seized Rs 5k cr gems” (Asian Age)
“Alerted on scam, govt did nothing: Cong”( Tribune)
“Fraud expands: Rs 3000 cr more from 17 banks, money laundering evidence”(Indian Express)
“Raid on Nirav Modi’s 17 places, jewellery worth 5100 cr seized”(Punjab Kesari)
“Raid on Nirav Modi’s 17 places”(Hindustan)
“Raid by ED on Nirav’s places property worth 5100 cr seized”(Dabang Duniya)
“ED raids Nirav, seizes Rs 5100 cr jewellery”(Pioneer)
“PNB scam: ED seizes Rs5100 cr worth Diamonds, jewellery”(Statesman)
Hindu- “Gen of Scam”- urges for speedy investigation to resolve faith in the banking system, though also concedes- “The banker -borrower nexus has been blamed for problem in banking system for years..”
DNA- “Bank Fraud”- alleges- “It is still the tip of the iceberg”.
Asian Age- “Is huge fraud really an aberration?” TO READ MORE along with cartoons
After Supreme Court of India declared of Triple Talaq illegal, not only the government is trying to make a law in this regard, also the Muslim Personal Law Board by addition of clause in the Nikahanama that groom will not give triple talaq. The latter news has been carried by Dainik Bhaskar, sourced from “Agency” on its front page & the same news has also been carried on page 4, with heading - “Man will have to promise that I will not give triple talaq” (front page), “Man will have to promise in Nikahanama- I will not give triple talaq” (page 4). The only difference in contents is that front page news carries in the end, one extra line, different highlight and a photo of protesting women! (4 February 2018)
The annual budget cartoon celebrations have been displayed the best on front pages of non-English newspapers in the capital. Hindi newspapers like Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, Dabang Duniya and non- Hindi newspapers Eenadu, Lokmat, Sakshi are simply outstanding! (2 February 2018).?
New Year Celebrations
The celebration of new year is visible on the masthead of most newspapers in Hindi. Dainik Bhaskar outshines all by providing readers with a perfumed newspaper today! The various advertisements also greet the readers. The advertisers are varied- Pan masala, Ghee, Income Tax department, BSNL, individuals. Though Indian Railways has place one full page advertisement with punch line- “Think Sports Think Railways” but has forgotten to greet its readers - happy new year. Advertisements by hefty NPA ridden public sector banks have also made an appearance like Ad by Canara Bank in Times of India Bank, it highlights- “We feel elated… with Canara …!!” Wow, who is we? The advertisement by Allahabad Bank in Dainik Jagran highlights its heritage. The largest public sector Bank- State Bank of India seems to have forgotten to greet its customers, though has placed an advertisement in Dainik Jagran for possession of NPA ridden property. Taking about financial education for the main street, Nilanjana Chakraborty & Anirban Bora in Times of India have presented a story - “Don’t let friends take you for a ride”. This illustrated comic reminds of Panchtantra Tales in the Äge of Turbulence dominated with greed. Not to be missed on the new year! (1 January 2018)?
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Native Vs English Newspaper
The pre independent India saw curbs on native press under the colonial rule. The friction between the English press & the native press was evident. ...MORE
Space Cartoons & Mars Movie
It is not often that an actor brings forward the important role that cartoons play. Bollywood actor - Akshay Kumar during an interview in the supplement of Times of India on 9 August 2019, while talking about his forthcoming movie in Hindi recalled- two cartoosn published in New York Times and Times of India. MORE
Chronic Delhi Air pollution has reached the front page with cosmic measures. Pollution is not new to this part of the world, with sustainable development a lost word. SARCAJC's cartoonists had taken on this problem last year.
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Prime Minister recalls Cartoon
Cartoons are favorites of all! The Indian Prime Minister in reply to motion of thanks to the President of India, in the Indian Parliament, recalled a cartoon he saw in a newspaper during 1980..! (7 February 2018)
Tribune has published two photographs of dancers under common heading- “Experience Maharashtra at Surajkund”. Under this is a line- “Maharashtra is the 17 day Surajkund mela, which began in Faridabad on Friday”. (2 February 2019). We’ll leave it to the readers to figure out in which part of Indian state of Maharashtra this dance is performed!
Archival Treasures on 2 October 2018, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
From SARCAJC's cartoonist:
Hey, blackbuck is listening!
Hindi newspaper- Hindustan has published word to word same news report with same heading - " Government is suppressing the voice of media: Congress" twice on page 15. Interestingly, two small columns are placed next to each other, so hard to say, didn't notice!! (27 June 19)
Mount Everest in Antarctica
New geography in making - Mount Everest in Antarctica, courtesy Navbharat Times! Today Navbharat Times (4 January 2019) on page 14 has carried a news by Ravi Prakash R from Lucknow with the heading –“Arunima on top of highest peak of Antarctica”. It indeed is a remarkable achievement, even more so, she accomplished with an artificial leg. First, Ravi informs that Arunima hoisted Indian flag on Antarctica’s highest peak- Mount Vinson. However, read on, Ravi informs that according to information from her twitter account she has scaled “Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Everest”. On the contrary, Arunima’s Twitter had announced - “The wait is over we are glad to share with you The World record World's 1st woman amputee who climbed Mount Vinson (highest peak of Antarctica) has become to the name of our country India. Thank's to all for their blessings and pray Jai Hind”. PM Modi on Twitter has also “congratulates 'pride of India' Arunima Sinha for being 1st woman amputee to climb Antarctica's highest peak Mt Vinson..”. Wow, every highest peak is not Mount Everest!
An Investigation : Merger of Indian Banks
The merger of largest government controlled bank in India- SBI with other 5 banks has taken place and the data reveals it has NOT been successful. Unlike enthusiastic lead economists, media, SARCAJC had raised serious apprehension. To Read
Mahatma Gandhi on Parliamentary Democracy
Mahatma Gandhi analyzed the British Parliamentary system, elections, voters and the newspapers in his book- ‘ Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule ..read
Self regulation working?
Hindu has reported-“Set up mechanism to hear plaints about TV content: SC”. The legal corresponded informed-“The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to set up, streamline and publicise a complaint redressal mechanism…to deal with citizen’s complaints about content telecast or aired by private TV channels and radio..”. The para four of this news report carries a quote by the bench of Supreme Court-”We cannot ask the (the Centre) to monitor the content of the channels. How can we do that? ..” While Times of India’s Dhananjay Mahapatra has highlighted-”SC: Set up body to look into complaints against channels”. (13 January 2017).
SARCAJC is independently monitoring!
What is POLICY?
Extracts from Oudh Punch 1870s
Building Castles in the air; the pretense of conferring a favour upon another while promoting one’s own interest; smearing one’s body with blood & representing oneself as having fought in a religious war (i.e. to try to acquire fame by merely pretending to have taken a part in a good action); an ultimate clamour....More
Agrarian crisis- Organic solution
Organic food is rare expensive commodity in India for the mainstreet, who eats vegetables & fruits laced with pesticides and insecticides, fertilizers. Health is going for a toss- is no secret. READ
Indian Election Announcement
Yesterday, Election Commission of India had announced the dates for Elections. This news has been highlighted today by all newspapers. ..MORE
The newspapers are soaked in the ongoing General Election in India. The advertisements by political parties, features, interviews, reports are clearly being witnessed during this election season. The series of advertisements by Election Commission reminded the voters not to get carried away by freebies. However, the cartoons still have not been given prominent space on the front page of almost all leading newspapers. With the election results due on 23 May 2019, will cartoonists get a nod from their editor to feature their lines on the front page? Keep guessing! View some cartoons made by SARCAJC's cartoonist.
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Poison in our plate
The Green revolution has played the devil- indiscrimate use of pesticides, fertilizers is playing havoc on health of the mainstreet. However, this is not a matter of concern for leading TV channels in India, who are obsessed with policitical showcase. Mostly, one views nearly same set of individuals appearing on TV channels, debating on the lines of their policitcal ideologies on political issues. But exceptions are there. Zee Tv and ABP News have cared to take note of this menace. ABP News conducted an investigation at the main wholesale vegetable & fruit market in Delhi and found that fruits and vegetable are dipped in a dangerous chemical for ripining and colour. Imagine, ginger takes bath in hydrochloric acid, before it reaches your kitchen. Yesterday, a doctor in ABP News had cautioned not to eat fruits and vegetable without peeling the outer cover...MORE
Cartoon inspired Political Advertisement
During this election season, BJP is running animated cartoon advertisements in leading channels- cricket match, football match, caricatured political opponents, funny audio...unlike descriptive conventional political advertisements! Will these ads win votes, only time will tell!
The television channels are concentrating on General Elections- interviews, debates, coverage of political rallies, candidates, cities. The list is endless, politically! The political parties are also trying to show their presence through repeated telecast of their advertisements. However the pitch of daily debates is rising. Tag line of ads of two major political parties BJP and Congress have a different thrust. BJP advertisements is- “ Phir Ek Bar Modi Sarkar” (Once more Modi Government), while tag tile of Congress Advertisement is “ Ab Hoga Naya” (Now justice will be done). Which is better, wait till 23 May 2019!
The fun associated with annual Holi festival was clearly visible in all Hindi News channels. The studios, anchors were soaked in holi colour. The programmes- songs (folk, bollywood), dances, poet's meets filled with fun- fully . hOLI is the only day when so many folk songs are carried by Hindi news channels. Today, leading folk song artist- Ms. Mailini Awasthi dominated in so many channels, specially her performance at Republic Bharat. As day got over, folk songs by Ms Sunanda Sharma in APN news channel at midnight were indeed welcome. Majority of friends of SARCAJC felt her songs were real treat on Holi. One her songs were-" Let's go to Kanniya's house to play holi" . dO VIEW SATIRE IN NEWSPAPER CARRYING SUCH LINES IN 1905. After around one hour folk songs, APN news programme-" Khabar Acchi Hai" (News are good) informed about positive news on Holi day. The number one news was celebration of holi by widows in Vrindavan. Indeed positive. (21 March 2019)
Blowing in the Wind
It is not often one comes across criticism of media by media persons. On 16 February 2019, well known anchor- Subhir Chaudhary of Zee News, at 10:20 pm criticized newspapers that had published photograph of terrorist on their front page....MORE
Agrarian Distress, Come Organic!
Yesterday, Lok Sabha TV, (TV related to Indian parliament) devoted an hour to ponder over agrarian distress. This issue has made it to television space .... MORE
Ever increasing air pollution has made it persistently to the front page of leading newspapers. Today, Hindustan Times highlight on front page about much celebrated cybercity- Gurgaon- “cost of living with pollution: report says PM2.5 exposure lowers lifespan by 9 yrs”.. MORE
The Indian media has highlighted record Indian medal tally in the recently concluded Asian Games. The national broadcasting radio- All India radio's FM Gold Channel was broadcasting live commentary of major matches. But its regular RJs seemed untrained for the rule of sports commentator... MORE
The obsession of most leading news channels in India with Bollywood celebrities is not new. Now, this time the obsessive star-stuck event was actor Salman Khan’s conviction for poaching an endangered deer- Blackbuck. Most leading news channel seemed to have turned into entertainment channels! .. read MORE
Mahatma Gandhi on Advertisements:
I hold that it is wrong to conduct newspapers by the aid of...immortal advertisements, I do believe that if advertisements should be taken at all there should be a rigid censorship instituted by newspaper proprietors and editors themselves and that only healthy advertisements should be taken...More
Strengthening Democracy, Governance & Accountability
The legendary London Punch had influenced many native Punches in India. South Asians even under colonial rule were playing with Humour, satire and cartoons! Prof Pramila Sharma had penned down an article in Hindustan Times decades back- 1991, entitled "Punching Punch". READ
Special Correspondent of Hindustan (10 November 2018) informs that on occasion of 150th birth celebrations, annual International Trade Fair 2018 in Delhi will bear Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts and will focus on cleanliness message, Khadi promotion and Gandhian village. This year's theme is rural enterprise. What was Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts on development of villages? Prof Pramila Sharma had penned down this way back in 1994. READ
A must to read- “Did Gandhi wanted to make such kind of public representatives”. This article was written down by SARCAJC’s President- Prof Pramila Sharma in Rashtriya Sahara, a newspaper in Hindi, way back, 18 September 1994. READ
In Flanders’s Field
On the occasion of the royal visit of honorable King & Queen of Belgium in India, Manimugha Sharma informs on page 5 in Times of India “Belgian buglers to sound clarion call on honour India’s WWI role” at India Gate in New Delhi. (7 November 2017) Indeed, thousands of Indian soldiers lost their lives during the first world war. The Belgians remember them every evening at Menin Gate. But how many Indians have really remembered their contribution? SARCAJC’s President- Prof Pramila Sharma had paid her tributes, two decades back . Do read her article- “Why no tribute of flowers! ” . READ
Sandeep Rai reports in Times of India-”ASI gets full control of fort after 149 years, jail likely to be shifted”. From Meerut, he informs that -”Exactly 149 years after Rohilla Fort was converted into a prison, the Saharanpur district jail is all set to ‘fall’ into the hands of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). (Historically speaking, Saharanpur has been rich in its cultural heritage. Do READ an article by /SARCAJC‘s President, few decades ago - Saharanpur-rich with culture.
The movie - Victoria & Abul has come during the year when former British Raj colonies in South Asia are celebrating 70th year of Indian Independence from Great Britain. Indeed, Queen Victoria had a special place in establishment of British Raj. SARCAJC’s President- Prof Pramila Sharma had penned down this article - Victoria’s Munshi in Sahitya Amrit, Magazine in Hindi, March 1997, much before any one dwelt on this here! READ
Problem of Unemployment
The problem of Unemployment is not new. Read an article by our founder- Pragya Parmita, relevant even today, after 2 decades. READ
JOURNALISM IN INDIA- read an article from Benares Magazine- Feb 1849. "Peculiarities of Indian Society".READ
Archival Research Article by Prof Pramila Sharma published 27 years ago, provides evidence & solution to solve the Ayodhya Dispute. Research Article by Prof Pramila Sharma (two parts)on Solution to Ayodhya Dispute in light of Baburnama and Poetry of Tulsidas, published 27 years go.READ
Was Babur a Mughal? Reference Baburnama
Read this Archival Research Article by Prof Pramila Sharma published 27 years ago. READ
From SARCAJC's cartoonist
Holi with King (1905) SATIRE
Shivshambu Sharma was enjoying the comfort of his bed after consuming fulfilling orange juice mixed with Saffron & Bhang (hemp), when horses of his imagination went loose....song that made him sit up.
“Today, let’s play Holi at Kishna’s House” MORE
The intense heat this summer baked mainstreet all around the world. India was no different. Now, around half India is under the spell of floods. The TV channels have been regularly showcasing floods in leading cities. With so much competition for live report, a reporter of a leading channel in Hindi had to rescued by NDRF. She had been reporting live, on top a a tractor, almost drown in flood! The favourite flood hit city of most TV channels is Mumbai. This financial city looks so helpless against the almighty water! It is rather unfortunate that these power cities have not build reserviours to store this rain water. READ MORE