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Patel Rap Versus The Big G

Who remembers Sardar Patel? Not the government's ad departments, for sure. Indira G? Now that’s another matter.

History repeats itself. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was supposedly asked by Mahatma Gandhi to step down to make way for Nehru in the 1946 election for the Congress presidency. And today, Vallabhbhai Patel has once again had to make way for another Nehru family member.

So what if it’s Patel’s birth anniversary today? If you took a look at today’s papers, you wouldn’t guess it. Because staring out at you, page after page, are various ads commemorating Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary.  Oh yes, there’s the stray and almost always sole Vallabhbhai Patel birth anniversary ad. But they’re very few and far between. All politicians are equal, but some it seems are more equal than others for the advertising divisions of the various ministries.


Newspaper Indira Gandhi advertisements Vallabh bhai Patel advertisements
Hindustan Times – Gurgaon
  1. Page 2 – 2/3rd page by Delhi govt Directorate of Information and Publicity
  2. Page 5 – ½ page by I&B Ministry
  3. Page 6 – ½ page by Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  4. Page 7 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  5. Page 13 – ½ page by Ministry of Power
  6. Page 15 – ½ page by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  7. Page 21 – ¼ page by Haryana Government

 

  1. Page 4 – ½ page by I&B Ministry

 

The Times of India – Gurgaon
  1. Page 4 – ½ page
  2. Page 11 – ½ page
  3. Page 16 – ½ page
  4. Page 21 –  ½ half page Page 21 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  5. Page 22 – ½ page
  6. Page 25 – ¼ page
  7. Page 2 – ½ page
Hindustan Times –  Delhi
  1. Page 2 – 2/3 page by Delhi Govt Directorate of Information & Publicity
  2. Page 5 – ½ page by Ministry of I&B
  3. Page 6 – ½ page by Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  4. Page 7 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  5. Page 13 – ½ page by Ministry of Power
  6. Page 15 – ½ page by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
  7. Page 21 – ¼ page by Haryana Govt
  8. Page 4 – ½ page ad by Ministry of I&B
The Times of India – Delhi
  1. Page 4 – ½ page by Ministry of Power
  2. Page 9 – ½ page by Ministry of I&B
  3. Page 14 – ½ page by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
  4. Page 19 – ½ page by Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  5. Page 19 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  6. Page 20 – ½ page by Ministry of HRD
  7. Page 23 – ¼ page by Haryana govt
  8. Page 2 – ½ page by Minister of I&B
The Indian Express – Delhi
  1. Page 4 – 2/3rd page by Dept of Information & Public Relations by Govt of Rajasthan
  2. Page 5 – ½ page by Ministry of I&B
  3. Page 5 – ½ page by Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  4. Page 9 – 2/3page by Delhi Govt Ministry of Information & Publicity
  5. Page 12 – ½ page by Ministry of HRD
  6. Page 18 – ½ page by Ministry of Power
  7. Page 18 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  8. Page 19 – ½ page by Ministry of I&B
The Hindu Delhi
  1. Page 2 – ½ page by Ministry of I&B
  2. Page 2 – ¼ page by Ministry of Steel
  3. Page 5 – ½ page by Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  4. Page 6 – ½ page by Ministry of Power
  5. Page 7 – 2/3rd page by Delhi govt Directorate of Information and Publicity
  6. Page 19 – ¼ page by Haryana govt
  7. Page 22 – 2/3rd page by Dept of Information & Public Relations by Govt of Rajasthan
Zero
TOTAL 41 (Forty-one) 6 (Six)

The advertisements in the Delhi-NCR editions of seven newspapers were taken into consideration.

Image and gfx by Reetika Verma

With inputs from Aastha Manocha.

 

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  • Nidhi Bahuguna

    Shameful,how we forget our heros

  • Tej

    Sycophancy and Media slavery is the norm of today’s India…..these third grade medium are shame in the name of fourth pillar of democracy…..may be it should be called the Fourth pillar of dynastocracy

  • http://www.facebook.com/kashinath.vaishampayan Kashinath Vaishampayan

    Ms Rajyasree Sen…countless thanks for this brief but cogent comparision. It speaks volumes for the National shame, slavery, psychophancy and hypocricy all rollled into one. Govt. profligacy is always in evidence when it come to praising Gandhi & Nehrus, and yet…the taxpayer of our poor Nation State has to bear the brunt while the corrupt grow richer by minute. Thanks again for a short but straight piece on …Our India. Regards K R Vaishampayan

  • Mango Man

    An old 1947 batch IAS officer MKK Nair has written in his memoirs “With No Ill Feeling to Anybody” that Patel went ahead with the Police Action in Hyderabad despite Nehru’s insistence to take the matter to the UN. That means if Patel hadn’t been around we would have had another festering sore in the heart of India, like Kashmir.

  • shridhar

    Brilliant work Mrs.Sen! It would be important to note the contrast between the descendants of Nehru and those of other to leaders including Patel, Tilak and Rajendrababu. There was a brilliant programme I watched which showed how Patel’s and Rajendrababu’s descendants although exceedingly brilliant are leading anonymous lives. Here is the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2617HXjET5g

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ravi-Patel/1406687290 Ravi Patel

    What else does one expect from a diseased, ungrateful country, devoid of any shame, self-respect or gratitude. Let alone the past, even in the present just see how Gujarat and her people, one of the principal growth engines of India’s economic growth story, have been mercilessly and relentlessly, for the past 10 years and more, been vilified and demonised. Every time Gujarat is discussed, the unfortunate events of 2002 are always brought in. Whether it is Barkha, Sagarika, Rajdeep or, alas, even Madhu Trehan, they are all the same. Yes I accept that there is a place for discussing the events of 2002, but not every time Gujarat is discussed. Even if one were to discuss the flora and fauna of Gujarat, these diseased crowd would somehow bring in the 2002 riots. And by the way, every time there is a major calamity somewhere or the other in India, the highest contributions in terms of aid comes from Gujarat and her people. Even some in the media have grudgingly accepted this fact!

  • Mukund Puranik

    During the last six decades or so, Congress carried on rather intensively campaign for Nehru Family. And It is being continued till date though many admirable figures did step into the arena of Indian politics capable of producing remarkable changes in India. Sardar Patel was one such. I wonder why Indian voters should not have some amount of leisured thinking and wisdom. The democratic structure of this great republic expect the voters to be more matured in their thinking – Mukund Puranik