Following up on last week's post about Sakaal Times and the tension there, I believe the end-game has begun for the paper as regards its Delhi operations. Pity, we could hardly make fun of them. In addition, Andy Mukherjee isn't taking the FT job and depending on who you believe he was/wasn't approached. It might not be a bad idea for FT18 to keep their plans in abeyance for the time being, since other papers in the business space are struggling to make ends meet (save The Economic Times) and the situation is rather bad at a stand-alone newspaper. If the economy goes into a full-blown recession later this year, a lot of new publications might feel the heat, particularly since many of them have next to no subscription revenues.
And returning to the takeover at HT, the point someone just made to me was that Business Today is providing HT Media their top editorial team - both at HT and Mint (Sanjoy was Editor of BT for nine years, Samar is also ex-BT and Sukumar at Mint was Sanjoy's #2 at BT for several years). Good things happen to good people!
Oh, and for the government, I personally think that the government will not fall, and in the Somnath-Babu crisis, everybody forgot the simple fact that he is a man without a seat in the next election. And as for Mayawati becoming PM, won't happen for a while yet - maybe 2014's LS elections, but not in 2009.