Investigate journalism is the concept of “unfortunately” disappearing from the media canvas, “at least in the Indian context”, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana stated on Wednesday.
CJI Ramana’s remark came during speaking at the launch of the book “Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist”, which is authored by Sudhakar Reddy Udumula who is a Senior Journalist.
“As a person whose first job was that of a journalist, I am taking the liberty to share a few thoughts on present-day media. The concept of investigative journalism is, unfortunately, vanishing from the media canvas. It is true at least in the Indian context. When we were growing up, we eagerly looked forward to newspapers exposing big scandals. The newspapers never disappointed us,” CJI Ramana stated.
CJI Ramana even pointed out that in the past, the newspaper that was covering reports on scandals and misconduct was making waves that were leading to serious consequences.
“Barring one or two, I do not recall any story of such magnitude in the recent years. Everything in our garden appears to be rosy. I leave it to you to arrive at your own conclusions,” CJI stated.
He stated that the book ‘Blood Sanders’ that we are having in our hands today is the product of complete research and a huge amount of hard work that has been put in by Udumula Sudhakar Reddy.
He stated that the book certainly gives insights into what all has not gone right with the fragile ecosystem spread over Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh. Red Sanders thrived in this place till a few decades ago itself. Now it is facing the threat of almost extinction. Like all good things in the world, Red Sanders even fell prey to the man’s greed.
“The AP Forest Act’ was amended in 2016 to deal sternly with the smuggling of Red Sanders. However, what is lacking is the necessary will to enforce these laws. This is where the media needs to play its role. The collective failures of individuals and institutions entrusted with the role of protectors need to be highlighted by the media. People need to be made aware of deficiencies in the process. This job can only be done by the media,” CJI stated.