Telangana Bill: How the international media reported

How #PepperSpray went global.

Updated: February 14, 2014 3:56 pm

Ram Gopal Verma once in an interview said he never backed off from a fight in his youth. When the interviewer pressed for an answer, Verma conceded that he had Lagadapati Rajagopal to look after him.

Rajagopal and Verma went to the same engineering college in Vijayawada. The college was notorious for student gang wars. A good majority of the students belonged to the Kamma and Kappu community. Caste has always been point of contention between the students. Verma’s Shiva is loosely based on his college days, and is heavily inspired from the region’s rowdiness.

Last night, #RowdyMPs was trending on Twitter. It is not an irony that Rajagopal was linked to the hashtag. Only this time, there was a change in the choice of weapon; a hockey stick became a can of pepper spray.

Yesterday was, perhaps, the only day in the last two-three months where Arvind Kejriwal was not the lead story. There has been a substantial coverage in India about the ruckus that Rajagopal caused in the parliament yesterday. Images of Vinay Pandey, a Congress MP from Shrawasti, covering his nose with a handkerchief were splashed across the national front pages. So we take a look at how international papers reported the story.

Pakistan

Our “friends” across the border reflected the sentiments of every Indian in their news headlines.

PakistanToday_Pak_opt

Pakistan Today ran a bold headline with the words pepper spray highlighted in caps.

Dawn_Pakistan

Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest English newspaper, went with a more moderate headline “India’s parliament erupts in chaos, pepper spray used”.

Singapore

TheNational_Gulf_opt

The National, a government-owned newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, seemed to have used the words “tear gas” in their headline for a bigger impact. In the readers’ mind, tear gas immediately throws up images of riot police using gas shells to dispel unruly crowds.

KhaleejTimes_Gulf

Khaleej Times chose a different lead image from the rest of the international press pack. A frail-looking Narayana Rao carried by others to an ambulance draws the readers in.

Singapore

StraitsTimes_Singapore

The Straits Times, a Singapore broadsheet newspaper, made a hash of the headline but chose wisely when it came to the lead image.

United States of America

WSJ_international

The Wall Street Journal carried the story in all three of its international editions (US, Europe, and Asia).

WashingtonPost_USA

The Washington Post published an agency report about the pepper spray attack

United Kingdom

DailyMail_UK

The Daily Mail stuck to its usual template of lengthy headlines, which would qualify as straplines, and big, bold images.

TheGuardian_UK

The Guardian also ran a agency report about the attack.
Canada
NationalPost_Canada

Canada’s National Post surprisingly went with a three deck headline.
China
GlobalTimes_China

China’s pro-communist newspaper, Global Times, tread lightly this time after its over the top coverage of the Delhi rape incident  in 2012.

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    Prapur
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    W wold is laughing on us when we have such weak PM and his troops of congress MPs where they created new state to win some seats in Parliament. Shame on congress & Sonia's leadership.
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      Prapur
      Feb 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm
      W wold is laughing on us when we have such weak PM and his troops of congress MPs where they created new state to win some seats in Parliament. Shame on congress & Sonia's leadership.
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        sam
        Feb 14, 2014 at 10:21 am
        This is all becasue of double standareds and immorality of TDP and BJP. BJP does not want to suspend the MPs and at the same time they want smooth proceedings to discuss the bill. They want equal justice to both the regions to divide the state. But the d't tell what is equal justice. The seemandra MPs, who have properties and addicted to live in Hyderabad, d;t want bifurcation. Legally, they cannot claim any resources of Telangana. They want to be united to exploit telangana. BJP has last successive elections, because of Bhadvani. He always wanted, building temple at ayodya as poll agenda. Who wants temple, people need development. Once again he is putting BJP in trouble by speaking double standered on Telangana. BJP is loosing credibility by his double speak. He said he will give telangana. In 2004, he said, BJP did not give telangana, becuase of TDP's chanderbabu opposition. Recently he said BJP will support, if the congress table's the bill in the parlament. Recently, now he is saying congress should not table the bill in the parlament. Does this fellow has any credibility. Is he a national party leader. Just because of their stand on telangana, BJP has won in telangana by elections by deafeating TRS, TDP,and congress candidates. Now Bhadvani is going back on hist statements again becuase of his close ties with cunning ChanderBabu. The leaders who plays with emotions of the people, who d't keep promises should be funished.
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          david
          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:52 am
          If corrupt congress is white washed from the map of India who ruled 60 years after independence, 99% problems is solved.
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            david
            Feb 14, 2014 at 11:52 am
            If corrupt congress is white washed from the map of India who ruled 60 years after independence, 99% problems is solved.
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              david
              Feb 14, 2014 at 11:52 am
              If corrupt congress is white washed from the map of India who ruled 60 years after independence, 99% problems is solved.
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                Contrarian
                Feb 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm
                Subhas Chandra Bose was called a traitor in beginning. Media has conspired with government to dehumanize Seema-Andhra people and their MPs. Bhagat Singh was demonized by British Government for his act in Parliament. At least the world now knows that all is not well with India.
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                  Contrarian
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm
                  Subhas Chandra Bose was called a traitor in beginning. Media has conspired with government to dehumanize Seema-Andhra people and their MPs. Bhagat Singh was demonized by British Government for his act in Parliament. At least the world now knows that all is not well with India.
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                    Rao VVN
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm
                    It is Congress mark democracy that was at best in Indian Parliament. Do every thing possible un-democratically in the name of democracy and refer Consution as often as possible to make un-Consutional laws. Jai Ho.
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                      Rao VVN
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm
                      It is Congress mark democracy that was at best in Indian Parliament. Do every thing possible un-democratically in the name of democracy and refer Consution as often as possible to make un-Consutional laws. Jai Ho.
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                        chandrashekhar
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 11:27 am
                        హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకుఆంధ్రుల అహంకారులు. ఇది వారికి అలంకరణం.మనము చెబితే అది అబద్దము. అది వారు చెబితే నిజం. ఇది వారి నైజం.మాది మాకే.... మీది మనకు, ఇది వారి సమ న్యాయము....ఆంధ్రుల ఆరంభ శూర్యులో లేక శుంటలో అని అనుకుంటిని కాని వీరు ఆటంకావాదులు కూడా?తిమ్మిని బమ్మిని చేయగల సమర్ధులె అనుకున్నా గాని, తీవ్రవాదులు కూడా కాగలరని కలగనలేదే!అవసరానికో అబద్దం ఆడుతారని అనుకుంటిని అంతే కానీ...అసత్య, అవినీతి పునాదుల మీద లక్షల కోట్లకో, వేల కోట్లకో చేరితిరి.నాడు తేనె పలుకులు చిలుకుతూ తెలంగాణ తెలుగోల్లని "తమ్మీ" అంటూ చేరి,విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగులో వల వేసి ఒకటి చెస్థిరె- హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకు ...నిన్నటిదాక గూండాయిజం, ఫాక్షనిజం చేర్చి హైదరాబాదు కు మసిబూసితిరి,నేడు పార్లమెంట్ లో ప్రాణాలు తీసే అంత పని చేసి తెలుగోడిని దేశం తిట్టుకునేలా చేసారే!విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగు మార్చుకొని సమైక్యంద్ర గ అవతరించేహైదరాబాద్ ను వదలలేక, తెలంగాణ వనరులను మరువలేక. సమన్యాయ సమీకరణలు సాదించలేక సమస్యల వలయాలను తెలంగాణకు తోలిగిస్తున్నరుసమన్యాయ వదులైన సమైక్య నాదులైన రుచిమరిగరు హైదరాబాదును, తెలంగాణ వనరులను.
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                          chandrashekhar
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:27 am
                          హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకుఆంధ్రుల అహంకారులు. ఇది వారికి అలంకరణం.మనము చెబితే అది అబద్దము. అది వారు చెబితే నిజం. ఇది వారి నైజం.మాది మాకే.... మీది మనకు, ఇది వారి సమ న్యాయము....ఆంధ్రుల ఆరంభ శూర్యులో లేక శుంటలో అని అనుకుంటిని కాని వీరు ఆటంకావాదులు కూడా?తిమ్మిని బమ్మిని చేయగల సమర్ధులె అనుకున్నా గాని, తీవ్రవాదులు కూడా కాగలరని కలగనలేదే!అవసరానికో అబద్దం ఆడుతారని అనుకుంటిని అంతే కానీ...అసత్య, అవినీతి పునాదుల మీద లక్షల కోట్లకో, వేల కోట్లకో చేరితిరి.నాడు తేనె పలుకులు చిలుకుతూ తెలంగాణ తెలుగోల్లని "తమ్మీ" అంటూ చేరి,విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగులో వల వేసి ఒకటి చెస్థిరె- హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకు ...నిన్నటిదాక గూండాయిజం, ఫాక్షనిజం చేర్చి హైదరాబాదు కు మసిబూసితిరి,నేడు పార్లమెంట్ లో ప్రాణాలు తీసే అంత పని చేసి తెలుగోడిని దేశం తిట్టుకునేలా చేసారే!విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగు మార్చుకొని సమైక్యంద్ర గ అవతరించేహైదరాబాద్ ను వదలలేక, తెలంగాణ వనరులను మరువలేక. సమన్యాయ సమీకరణలు సాదించలేక సమస్యల వలయాలను తెలంగాణకు తోలిగిస్తున్నరుసమన్యాయ వదులైన సమైక్య నాదులైన రుచిమరిగరు హైదరాబాదును, తెలంగాణ వనరులను.
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                            chandrashekhar
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 11:27 am
                            హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకుఆంధ్రుల అహంకారులు. ఇది వారికి అలంకరణం.మనము చెబితే అది అబద్దము. అది వారు చెబితే నిజం. ఇది వారి నైజం.మాది మాకే.... మీది మనకు, ఇది వారి సమ న్యాయము....ఆంధ్రుల ఆరంభ శూర్యులో లేక శుంటలో అని అనుకుంటిని కాని వీరు ఆటంకావాదులు కూడా?తిమ్మిని బమ్మిని చేయగల సమర్ధులె అనుకున్నా గాని, తీవ్రవాదులు కూడా కాగలరని కలగనలేదే!అవసరానికో అబద్దం ఆడుతారని అనుకుంటిని అంతే కానీ...అసత్య, అవినీతి పునాదుల మీద లక్షల కోట్లకో, వేల కోట్లకో చేరితిరి.నాడు తేనె పలుకులు చిలుకుతూ తెలంగాణ తెలుగోల్లని "తమ్మీ" అంటూ చేరి,విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగులో వల వేసి ఒకటి చెస్థిరె- హైదరాబాదు కొరకు, తెలంగాణ వనరుల కొరకు ...నిన్నటిదాక గూండాయిజం, ఫాక్షనిజం చేర్చి హైదరాబాదు కు మసిబూసితిరి,నేడు పార్లమెంట్ లో ప్రాణాలు తీసే అంత పని చేసి తెలుగోడిని దేశం తిట్టుకునేలా చేసారే!విశాలాంద్ర ముసుగు మార్చుకొని సమైక్యంద్ర గ అవతరించేహైదరాబాద్ ను వదలలేక, తెలంగాణ వనరులను మరువలేక. సమన్యాయ సమీకరణలు సాదించలేక సమస్యల వలయాలను తెలంగాణకు తోలిగిస్తున్నరుసమన్యాయ వదులైన సమైక్య నాదులైన రుచిమరిగరు హైదరాబాదును, తెలంగాణ వనరులను.
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                              Subash
                              Feb 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm
                              I went to the same college around the same time. The college never had any gang wars. The gang wars were outside the college. Rajagopal and Verma were small fry even then, but rich spoilt brats. They got into fight with the son of another MP who was another rich spoilt brat. s, yes. But definitely not gang wars.
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                                Subash
                                Feb 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm
                                I went to the same college around the same time. The college never had any gang wars. The gang wars were outside the college. Rajagopal and Verma were small fry even then, but rich spoilt brats. They got into fight with the son of another MP who was another rich spoilt brat. s, yes. But definitely not gang wars.
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                                  Citizen
                                  Feb 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm
                                  Even after all this our guys have no shame and this is not the first time in the august houses of the nation. Society from where these guys are elected is ripe with this sort of hooliganism as seen in the recent past in rape, looting, and other criminal cases increasing. Our political parties/leaders take pride in breaking the laws that they themselves enacted supposedly for the benefit of society this is what has to change if we want the country to progress in an orderly manner for this all these unruly guys should be barred for ever from contesting elections for the sake of nation Jaihid
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                                    Citizen
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm
                                    Even after all this our guys have no shame and this is not the first time in the august houses of the nation. Society from where these guys are elected is ripe with this sort of hooliganism as seen in the recent past in rape, looting, and other criminal cases increasing. Our political parties/leaders take pride in breaking the laws that they themselves enacted supposedly for the benefit of society this is what has to change if we want the country to progress in an orderly manner for this all these unruly guys should be barred for ever from contesting elections for the sake of nation Jaihid
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                                      Citizen
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm
                                      Even after all this our guys have no shame and this is not the first time in the august houses of the nation. Society from where these guys are elected is ripe with this sort of hooliganism as seen in the recent past in rape, looting, and other criminal cases increasing. Our political parties/leaders take pride in breaking the laws that they themselves enacted supposedly for the benefit of society this is what has to change if we want the country to progress in an orderly manner for this all these unruly guys should be barred for ever from contesting elections for the sake of nation Jaihid
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