When Onion headlines come out of India, you won’t be able to buy anything
When news headlines come from India, the world’s second most populous nation, the news media will have to be very cautious when it comes to them, because the new year will bring with it an increase in the number of Onion headlines.
A senior government official said that since the news industry is expected to lose more than $15 billion this year, the government will be making efforts to make headlines come as soon as possible.
In addition to that, the Government will be looking into how to increase the number and quality of stories, the official said.
“The government is making efforts on a national scale to ensure the availability of Onion stories,” the official added.
This is in line with the government’s long-term plan to increase public awareness about the country’s growing pains, he said.
In December, the country witnessed the highest number of onion-related deaths in two decades, with the total number of deaths reaching 13,000 in December alone.
The official said this year’s trend will be different.
“As a result of the demonetisation, there is a reduction in the availability and use of Onion and other news headlines,” he said, adding that the government is also looking into ways to increase their use.
The government official also said that Onion headlines will be banned from newspapers and TV channels, unless the headlines are completely changed to reflect what is happening in the country.
In November, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide ban on Onion headlines, and announced a campaign to educate the public about the benefits of free information.
The campaign is aimed at countering what the government considers a media-created propaganda against the country, said Mr. Pandey, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting.