Malayala Manorama is read by people who think…

GIRISH NIKAM forwards the suspected reader profile of Indian newspapers. It’s an old list, sure, but still an interesting one if only because it shows how much some of the papers have changed—and how much some of our expectations from newspapers have changed—since the definitions were first thought up.

Please add new names and definitions to the list, especially of the language papers.

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The Times of India is read by people who run the country.

The Statesman is read by the people who think they run the country.

The Hindu is read by the people who think they ought to run the country.

The Indian Express is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country.

The Telegraph is read by people who do not know who runs the country but are sure they are doing it wrong.

The Economic Times is read by the people who own the country.

The Tribune is read by the people who think the country ought to be run as it used to be run.

The Hindustan Times is read by the people who still think it is their country.

The Asian Age is read by the people who would rather be in another country.

Mid-Day is read by the wives of the people who run the country.