Why you didn’t see this picture in today’s papers


Massaging the media by tickling the underbelly of its movers and meisters is the cheapest trick in a politician’s handbook. And never does it get more obvious (and more obscene) than when Karnataka Rajyotsava is round the corner, and it’s time to honour the good and the great of journalism for their “contribution” to the State.

The year of the lord 2010 was no exception, with representatives from every news channel and newspaper finding—if not cajoling, pressuring, even threatening—their way into the list of 182, including one worthy who has spent less than three years on the Kannada nela, and would be hard put to name one restaurant in Bangalore besides quote-unquote ^^Koshy‘s^^.

Could this, therefore, be one reason why these telling pictures of a tired chief minister, who had to greet, garland and honour the giants of the nadu at the rate of one person every 45 seconds at the Rajyotsava fete, did not make it to any newspaper this morning?

Or, could it just be plain courtesy, if not patriotism; a desire to not show a beleaguered and battered CM in negative light on a day as luminous as November 1?

Or, is only poor H.D. Deve Gowda destined to be shown yawning or sleeping?


Below is a letter shot off by the editor of Kannada Prabha, Shivasubramanya K., in late October, to colleagues and friends expressing his disinclination to receive the Rajyotsava honour, while firmly asserting, apropos of nothing, that he did not “apply” for it.

After the B.S. Yediyurappa government acceded to his “request” by not including his name in the final list, Shivasubramanya put the matter on record with a front-page box announcement, stating that the only reason he had made such a request was because the task of building the newspaper was still “incomplete”.


Composite photographs: Karnataka Photo News


The B.S. Yediyurappa photo portfolio

1) Is it an idol? Is it a statue? Is it a mannequin?

2) One leg in the chair, two eyes on the chair

3) Yedi, steady, go: all the gods must be crazy

4) Kissa Karnataka chief minister’s kursi ka: Part IV

5) Why did the chief minister cross the road divider?

6) Sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down

7) Dressed to thrill: Yedi-Chini bhai bhai in Shanghai

8) Survival of fittest is a great photo opportunity

9) Drought relief one day, flood relief the next

10) How a chief minister should drink tea. (Or not.)

11) Let the rebels know, the CM will not bow one inch

12) Even four pairs of hands can’t stave off the flak

13) Yediyurappa regime slips into yet another sandal

14) Behind every successful cyclist, there are a few men

15) Life’s a cycle. What goes up must come down.

16) A leg up for the one is a leg up for the other

17) The emperor’s new clothes has a loose button

18) Why does this poor, selfless soldier cry so much?

19) The great Indian rope trick adds inches to a giant

20) Even Alan Donald would quiver at such a glare

21) One sanna step for man, one giant leap for anna

22) A party of loafers, thieves, liars and land-grabbers 

23) Three years in power = three rings, or is it four?

24) Say hello to the sarsanghchalak of the ‘ling parivar’

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25 Responses to “Why you didn’t see this picture in today’s papers”

  1. prashanth Says:

    One thing is weird and painful,So called National media websites like IBNLive or NDTV doesn’t mention single line on this State festival anywhere and they publish all minor incidents involving religion and politics!!..What are their reporters doing in Karnataka.Why Karnataka doesn’t get the importance it needs regarding cultural/States good events.

  2. Sanghamitra Says:

    Guys, Don’t just look at yawning face but at the rolex on his hand, which costs about 7.5 Lakhs INR… Wow what a powerful position CM’s Gaddi must be.. Should be paid few crores per year salary package??


  3. TESrinivasan Says:

    The Chief Minister is also a human being and any human being in his position today (the stress and strain that he is undergoing these days), is bound to be tired. Let us see it for a human angle please

  4. Complex Says:

    Well done, Mr Shivasubrahmanya!! May your breed increaes!!

  5. balu Says:

    s i agree prashanth

  6. Bhamy V Shenoy Says:

    How about a parallel people’s rajotsava awards where a committee formed of common people give awards on a transparent way? This way not only we can honor the real heros and also put a stop to the politically motivated awards. This is what a vibrant democracy should do. Are we such a vibrant democracy? This is a real test.

    Every year on Nov 1st we have this tamasha of rajotsava awards and the criticism of who got them. It is not that even world famous Nobel prize is free from criticism. But nobel laureates are recognized world over. In Karanataka, any winner of Rajotsava is likely to feel ashamed like Sri Subramanya. He has showed the way and we need to take up the initiative.

  7. Vik Says:


  8. Complex Says:


    That’s a very good suggestion.

  9. chriskb Says:

    BSY needs some coffee from Cafe Coffee Day, Siddharth is not cooperating.

  10. Somebody Says:

    ಸನ್ಮಾನ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀ ಶಿವಸುಬ್ರಮನ್ಯರವರೆ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸಿ. ಇದಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಮಹತ್ವವುಳ್ಳ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಿ ಬರಬಹದು ಮುಂದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಹಾರೈಕೆಗಳು.

  11. ರವಿ Says:

    ಶಿವಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯ ಅವರು ಹೀಗೆ ಟಾಂ ಟಾಂ ಹೊಡೆಯೊ ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ತಗಂಡು ಸುಮ್ಮನಿದ್ದರೆ ಏನೂ ಅನ್ನಿಸ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.


  12. Spamesha Says:

    Who is “one worthy who has spent less than three years on the Kannada nela, and would be hard put to name one restaurant in Bangalore besides….”?

  13. Bengalooru Haida Says:


    Totally agree with you. This poor overworked chap and the other Mannina Maga DeveGouda have been pilloried for their perennial siesta. It’s very bad in taste. Let them sleep I say, that way they can be less dangerous.

  14. Chandru Says:

    prashasti sweekarisuvudu tappalla, lancha sweekarisuvudu tappu.

  15. taleharte nanmaga Says:





  16. Chandru Says:

    Journalists who accepted residential sites worth crores of rupees in HSR layout when SM Krishna was the CM will find it easy to reject the Rajyotsava award because it’s worth a mere one and half lakhs !!

  17. Mysore Peshva Says:

    Kudos to Shivasubramanya!

  18. Idlisambar Says:

    @ Bhami V Shenoy

    Saar neeveliddu sari….

    Aadre bengaloorinalli sarakaara kotta situ tegolvaagaloo naachike aagbekittallaa saar….

  19. boring journalist Says:

    Well done Shivasubramanya. How I wish that other members of the fraternity honoured on the occasion ought to have emulated your example.

  20. krishna Says:

    In Karnataka the choice is which set of goons do we allow to loot that’s all.

  21. mindry.in Says:

    Speaking of Rajyotsava awards, here’s what we did 2 years back. And it very predictably relevant every year during this time.

  22. Gouri Satya Says:

    How can they emulate? They worked for it!

  23. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Most of these awards and awardees are a little suspect! i cannot read any motive into Shivasubramanya’s ‘athi vinaya’ refusal of Rajyotsava award.

    Any way it is laughable when Devanuru Mahadeva refuses KaSaaPa award saying “First implement Kannada Medium,,,then we will talk.” he could have been insisting on this issue even before getting the award! Even the dalits of UP are building English Devethe temples!! So the dalits have rejected vernacular languages. QED?

    Devanuru must know it is the dalit Tamil christians who tend to be very militant DMK types against Kannda language opposing Kannada prayers in churches, usage of Kannada in Bangalore (HAL, ITI, and other establishments) and in other places. I am sure that crackpot Tamil ‘Kanthi’ who has singlehandedly stopped the Kannada classical-tag by virtue of his petition is of this variety…

  24. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Just finished reading Pratapa Simha’s book on Bellary Reddy Brothers Mining Mafia. IMHO Pratap Simha should be given the Rajyotsava Award.

  25. Bertie Says:

    Totally in agreement DB Sir. Dont you think Shadakshari of VK is also qualfied to receive this award?

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