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News sense

Most event organisers do not understand what interests journalists. So you have random speakers, deemed “unimportant” in journalist lingo, talking hours together while the impatient journalists wait for that the one key speaker who will give them the day’s news. Anyway, the point is not many outside the field understand this. Not the impressive N.S. Ramaswamy, former Director of the Indian Institute of Management, though. Displaying a keen “news sense,” Prof. Ramaswamy narrated an incident about the time he was invited to speak at a seminar on urban development: “I told the organisers to invite a Minister because no one will listen to me and the media will not cover it. They went to the Minister who told them that he knows only rural affairs and not urban affairs. I suggested then that he could be asked to speak on rural aspects of urban development.” That would make interesting copy indeed.

Dress code

It is not often that a dress code in the field of sports becomes a bone of contention before a court of law. And when such a case comes up before a court, it makes news, more so when the name of the country’s highest ranked tennis player, Sania Mirza, is taken.

When a badminton player Ravindra Jain recently moved the court, very few took any interest in it. Once the case began, it soon became the talk of the High Court. Mr. Jain, a member of the Karnataka Badminton Association (KBA), had moved the court against the dress code of shorts imposed by the authorities. Arguing the case himself, he urged the court to take note of what he called KBA’s “discriminatory attitude in prescribing shorts” for the players.

Citing the example of Sania Mirza, he claimed that the dresses she wore were so revealing that they had become controversial. The “wearing” of such short dresses, he said should be discouraged. He had also annexed in his petition, a photograph of Sania playing tennis in “shorts”.

The plea against “shorts” or the example of Sania failed to impress the court which dismissed the petition.

SWATHI SHIVANAND,

B.S. RAMESH

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