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Anand Parthasarathy

Anand is IT Editor of the leading Indian newspaper, The Hindu.

He graduated in Information and Systems Engineering from Birmingham University in the UK and was a scientist with India's Defence Research and Development laboratories before moving to journalism. He was awarded the Panos-GKP prize at the 2003 WSIS conference in Geneva for a story about e-literacy.

What is the role of journalism for development?

My base in the southern Indian state of Kerala for many years gave me the opportunity to report on and experience development issues at first hand. In India, the media has been a powerful catalyst for change, and the freedom that the press enjoys here has ensured that reporting on minority issues, including development or environment concerns has always been possible – indeed most mainstream newspapers and television can claim credit for stimulating change for the better through some of their exposures and campaigns. The media has been an organ of change.

Are there any problems in the development reporting that should be addressed in India?

It must be said that the independent TV news channels have been more successful than the print media in highlighting gross abuses of the development process and seeing affirmative action being taken. The internet has also proved to be a huge asset and certainly for a journalist today, access to information – especially reliable technical information – makes the job of reporting hotspots much easier than a decade ago. But has this in fact reduced the number of such crises? It’s too soon to tell.

Journalism by Anand Parthasarathy

Computers that speak your language

02/06/2008

One billion people use the internet – another five billion don't. Will getting more local languages online make much difference?

The bustle of India’s media bazaar

11/17/2005

Community owned media – print, television, radio and internet-based – are meeting the real needs of the information society and being used as a tool for development.

How Kerala gave India its first e-literate district

11/20/2003

India's first district with a computer literate member in every family heralds a bottom-up approach to planning. Malappuram, in the state of Kerala has long been a model for people-centred development.

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