Kuwait is dry for Indian Media: Indian journos to Kuwaiti scribe

kuwait journalist in parliament

First India-Kuwait journos exchange

Both the Indian and Kuwaiti journalists expressed concern over the negligible presence of regular correspondents in either direction. Delegation coordinator Adnan Khalifa Al-Rashid posed a question to Indian journalists as to “why is it that there is no Indian media correspondent in Kuwait, while, on the other hand, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and the Kuwait TV, each, has a regular correspondent here.”

The Foreign Editor of India’s English daily “Hindustan Times” Pramitpal Chaudhuri said in reply that the appointment of a correspondent in a particular country or region depends on a wide range of feasibility factors. These factors include interests of readers/viewers in that country or region. He further stated, “Interests of readers depend on the prevailing circumstances (like violence or political upheavals) in that particular country/ region. Interest among the Indian readers about Kuwait had risen during the Iraqi occupation, but then it was for a short span of time.”

Supplementing the same, senior Indian journalist Saeed Naqvi said, “because of the lack of interest among Indian readers for Kuwait, hardly anyone knows about the occurrence of parliamentary elections in this Gulf country in February, and none in India would know the poll results.” Journalist K.V. Prasad said that because of certain “feasibility factors”, the Indian English daily “The Hindu” has posted a regular correspondent in Dubai only to cover the whole of West Asia from there.

The Kuwaiti journalists were shown a short TV documentary on the Indian media. “There are more than 80,000 publications in various Indian languages being published across the country, with nearly 7000 published from New Delhi alone,” the documentary informed the Kuwaiti journalists.

The visiting Kuwaiti media delegation comprising of noted journalists engaged in the first-ever interaction between journalists from the two nations, arranged by the External Publicity Division of India’s External Affairs Ministry. Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin formally welcomed the delegation, consisting of ten journalists on a five-day visit, and hosted a lunch in their honor.