India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana on Wednesday cited Mahatma Gandhi’s quote on the essence of newspapers as he regretted that the concept of investigative journalism is, unfortunately, disappearing from the media’s web. .
In his remarks at the launch of the book ‘Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist’, written by journalist Udumula Sudhakar Reddy, he said: ‘As someone whose first job was as a journalist, I take the liberty of sharing. some thoughts on today’s media. The concept of investigative journalism is unfortunately disappearing from the media. This is true at least in the Indian context.
Citing newspaper articles of scandals and wave-creating misconduct leading to grave consequences, he said with less than one or two, he remembers no story of such magnitude in the past. last years.
âEverything in our garden seems to be pink. I’ll leave it to you to come to your own conclusions,â he said.
CJI added, âI remember what Gandhi ji said about newspapers, I quote: ‘Newspapers should be read for the study of the facts. They shouldn’t be allowed to kill the habit of independent thinking. ‘ I hope the media will introspect and test themselves against these words of the Mahatma. “
He said the book provides insight into what went wrong with the fragile ecosystem spread across the Chittoor, Nellore, Prakasam, Kadapa and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh, where Red Sanders thrived in this habitat until to a few decades ago.
âNow he is threatened with extinction. Like all good things in this world, Red Sanders has also fallen prey to human greed,â he said.
He said the author mentions that the AP Forest Act was amended in 2016 to severely curb contraband Red Sanders. “What is lacking, however, is the will necessary to enforce these laws. This is where the media must play their role. The collective failures of individuals and institutions charged with the role of protectors must be highlighted by the media to be made aware of the shortcomings of the process, âhe added.
The Chief Justice said: âThe destruction, not only of the Red Sanders species, but of the ecosystem as a whole. This species is known to prevent forest fires from spreading to the vulnerable forests of the Seshachalam Hills. The consequences of this ecological destruction are there. for us to see globally. The need of the hour is to address these problems locally. “