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Touring ten drought-stricken states in India transformed the acclaimed journalist Palagummi Sainath – showing him a devastating situation mostly ignored by his fellow journalists. “I felt that if the Indian Press was covering the top 5 percent, I should cover the bottom percent.” He also believes the media around the world is, for the most part, imprisoned by profiteering and political constraints.  A conversation with Saint Francis Xavier University’s Coady Chair in Social Justice for 2015,  along with excerpts from Palagummi Sainath’s lecture, Media and Democracy. **This episode originally aired May 27, 2016.

Source: Imprisoned by Profit: Media & Democracy
URL: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/imprisoned-by-profit-media-democracy-1.3601228
Date visited: 26 March 2020

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Originally a product of the anti-colonial movement, the Indian press used to be seen as fairly progressive but things changed radically in the mid-2010s […] Indian journalists who are too critical of the government are subjected to all-out harassment and attack campaigns by Modi devotees known as bhakts. […]

Indian law is protective in theory but charges of defamation, sedition, contempt of court and endangering national security are increasingly used against journalists critical of the government, who are branded as “anti-national.” […]

With an average of three or four journalists killed in connection with their work every year, India is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media. Journalists are exposed to all kinds of physical violence including police violence, ambushes by political activists, and deadly reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt local officials. […]

“India Index” (2021 & 2022) by Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
URL: https://rsf.org/en/country/india

Poor implementation of existing schemes in the tribal regions has meant that not only poverty continues at an exceptionally high levels in these regions, but the decline in poverty has been much slower here than in the entire country, as shown in this table (for the years 1993-94, 1999-2000 and 2004-05). 

Source : “Rural Population Living Below Poverty Line (In Percent), Planning Commission, Twelfth Five Year Plan Document” by Dr. Ashok A. Sonkusare, Joint Adviser (S&T), NITI Aayog/Planning Commission
URL: https://data.gov.in/resources/rural-population-living-below-poverty-line-percent
Date visited: 16 April 2020

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