Lending Voice to S&T India
As a student, Science has always been a subject of interest, specially Biology, Botany and Chemistry streams. But I could not pursue it to professional level as fate had other plans for me and I shifted to English literature, mid-way.
Twenty-five years into active journalism and I find it no longer dutiful as it was, or as I expected. As a practicing journalist I am privy to the nuts and bolts of the media industry in India, which is ?only obsessed in bad news, failures and disasters,? as lamented by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Innovations are taking place in India ? from frugal solutions to local problems to space technologies or life-saving drugs and devices. But most innovators and their innovations do not get exposure, as media in the country do not often find it triggering its viewership/readership graph.
Dr. Kalam once narrated his experience, ?I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman, who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and granary.?
On the contrary, Indian media?s obsession remains sensational news from three major areas ? Politics, Crime and Cinema. From chronicler of news, it has usurped the role of news-drivers, setting the agenda. The bright side of it is, it has exposed several felonious acts, which hitherto would have gone unnoticed. Even amongst the growing tribe of journalists, those taking up science journalism are a minority!
While the debate would continue on the role and responsibility of media, Indian Science Journal is a glowworm-effort to show up India?s trajectory in the field of science and technology and the men and women who make it possible, - ?Lending Voice to S&T India?.