An Advertisement of a Woman Caught in the Maoist Conflict

The Home Ministry put up a big advertisement in The Hindu a few days ago, and I believe in other newspapers also. The advertisement speaks of a destitute woman, whose everything is lost in the never ending conflict between the Government of India and the Maoists.

On the first look, it is hard to comprehend for what purpose this advertisement appeared. Who is the target audience? What does the government want to convey? Is it trying to tell itself that there are people suffering because of their negligence (fiat accompli)?  Or is it trying to convince Maoists to drop weapons (As all other semi-adopted methods, they tried, have failed)? Or is it trying to speak to the people of India – a majority of which is not concerned, as they are not affected directly and those who are affected and are concerned, are no position to do anything on their own but feel pity and sympathy.

Since April 2010, when 75 CRPF Jawans were killed, attacks by Maoists have become more frequent and the concern of the authorities has diminished proportionately. The root cause of the issue is well known and understood – Lack of development. It is sad that we are not able to integrate the tribal people into the growth story of India and it is a common failure. But to take the first step to assimilate them is the duty of the government only.

courtesy: Youth Ki Awaaz & Mani Mahesh Garg

The advertisements won’t help, and talks among people won’t help unless the government actually means what it portrayed in its advertisement that day, and takes some hard and decisive steps to help the people, whom it projects as the sufferers in the advertisements.

India News to launch in MP, Chhattisgarh

India News, the 24×7 Hindi news channel run by Information TV Pvt Ltd (ITV), is planning to expand rapidly. Launched in 2009 in Haryana, the news and current affairs satellite channel is all set to launch in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in April 2012.

Confirming the news, Rakesh Sharma, CEO, India News, said, “We will shortly be launching India News – Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.”

Owned by Piccadilly Group, which has multiple interests in media (print and electronic), ITV currently offers a vast bouquet of  channels including India News, India News (Haryana), India News (Bihar & Jharkhand), India News (Rajasthan), India News (Punjab), India News (Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand).

Sharma informed, “We are pleased to share with you that India News (Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand) have attained the No. 1 position in TAM Week 12. This outstanding achievement says a lot about our dedication and commitment towards our viewers. The most important point which reflects this achievement is the age of our channel – it is only two-months young! The market was already flooded with numerous national and regional news makers and to leave our footprint in such a fierce marketplace was only possible because of our belief in impartial journalism.”

(courtesy: Ananya Saha & http://www.bestmediainfo.com)

After Mid Day, Jagran group to buy Nai Dunia

The Jagran group that publishes the country’s most widely read Hindi newspaper, Dainik Jagran, is close to buying out Nai Dunia, the Indore-based Hindi daily promoted by Vinay Chhajlani.

According to sources familiar with the development, the talks have been on for a while and the deal size is expected to be around Rs 300 crore.

Nai Dunia was started in 1947 and is published from Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and from Bilaspur and Raipur in Chhattisgarh. If the deal goes through, Dainik Jagran would get an avenue to expand in Madhya Pradesh and central India. Currently, the Kanpur-based newspaper group has two editions in Madhya Pradesh, at Bhopal and Rewa. It is published from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan. It has 37 editions.

In 2010, Jagran bought Mid Day, the afternoon tabloid based in Mumbai, from Tariq Ansari for Rs 200 crore in an all-stock transaction. The deal also included Sunday Mid-Day, Gujarati Mid-Day and the Urdu newspaper Inquilab, along with its website, mid-day.com.