This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 2: This Separate Category
Environmental Journalism at the Time of Economic Liberalisation
In India environmental journalism means global reportage with village datelines. Environmental journalism is no more the old ‘off-stream’ but a ‘main-stream’ deliberation on contemporary existence. Particularly so when India has the unique distinction of being one of the fastest wealth-creating nations, having the largest number of poor in the world. Poverty in India is primarily environment-driven. Thus environment journalism, overtly or covertly, is about the most mainstream issue, poverty. Every story written from a village on environment has intense global linkages. And every global environmental story written has a few meanings for an Indian village.
Mohua as a Metaphor
Exactly 10 years ago in 1998, Sumani Jogdi, a tribal woman of Orissa's ...