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The Exclusives That Never Were

The language press gets the scoops, the English press the credit

The Exclusives That Never Were
The Exclusives That Never Were
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REGIONAL language editors and reporters—be they in the north, south, east or west—know the feeling pretty well. It is a professional hazard they've almost learnt to live with: having their hard-earned scoops routinely filched by national, English-language dailies and periodicals, especially by those based in New Delhi, and passed off as 'exclusive' exposes. Without one word of acknowledgement, and least of all a cursory 'thank you'. It is with a mixture of indignation and amusement, therefore, that the regional language press has reacted to the unfolding of the latest chapter in the saga of a yawning language divide that can never be bridged: the bitter war of claims on who unearthed the key portions of the Jain Commission interim report first.

It certainly wasn't the New Delhi-based fortnightly-turned-weekly that put the 'damning disclosures' on the cover earlier this month, assert a host of other claimants to the scoop, most of whom work for regional publications. But it is not so much the 'act of appropriation' itself as...

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