Ballistic missile inverted by commas

India launches Agni-III. The Indian Express launches its scepticism

Even Reuters—which is a past master in the art of the use of inverted commas—did not use it this time. Both The Hindu and the Indian Express carry the same PTI report on their websites. But only the Indian Express saw it fit to enclose the claims of success within the scepticism of its own inverted commas. Perhaps that was necessary to get over the frustration of having to can tomorrow’s editorial dissing DRDO.

Update: A day later the inverted commas are still there

5 thoughts on “Ballistic missile inverted by commas”

  1. Nitin, ExpressIndia.com is the group website; not exactly Indian Express, but of course, this headline is in keeping with Express’s tradition of perverse headlines that not only brazenly declare the paper’s agenda right upfront before the reader gets a chance to look into detail, but also don’t even attempt to be faithful to that detail. In this particular instance, there isn’t anything in the body of the story that justifies the cynicism aired by the headline. Not even a manufactured quote from an unnamed source to the effect that he disputes the claims of DRDO.

    But that is nothing compared to this most famous Express headline of all time

    Note that, while the headline disses India for faulting Pak for the Parliament attack, the story that follows is completely orthogonal to the headline.

  2. Well Nitin, looks like a couple of passenger jets were forced to change course for the Agni test. One is an Indian aircraft, so no problem, but the other is a Garuda. I dont know whose fault it is, but the consequences if the missile had hit one of the aircrafts is scary.

  3. Sriram, rest assured that A) air traffic controllers are informed well in advance and B) the window is so small for such a thing to happen that the chances are infinitesmal.

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