Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Headline of the Day

'Only 45% of the population earns less than Rs. 20 a day'. That is Rajesh Shukla in today's Times of India. The full article is here.
For those who don't understand the Indian currency, 20 rupees is somewhat less than half a US dollar.
So apparently we should be really happy that only 45% of India earns less than half a dollar a day.


globalbabble said...

Hey I read the article and the headline is not fair.

He was specifically answering a question whether his data too - like some others - show that 80 per cent of the population is earning less than 20 Rs a day. Naturally he said, no it is only 45 percent.

It wasn't meant to give the impression that it is a good thing. But placing it in the headline - makes it sound as if that is what he is implying.

Girish Shahane said...

Yes, the headline's a bit unfair, he doesn't actually even say those exact words. But that's why I called it headline of the day and not quote of the day.

Jai_C said...

Reminded me of your quote, unquote, misquote series, esp. the last one where you picked up a fine nuance with Amit Varma to say you had been misquoted.

And here Subodh Varma or whoever wrote the piece just added in the "Only" to the actual quote, that significantly changed the meaning. You seem to have carried it forward, saying

"That is Rajesh Shukla in today's TOI" and further "apparently we should be really happy..."

inspite of noting otherwise in comments here.

Slightly disappointing.


Girish Shahane said...

Fair point.