By Siddhi Jain
The history of Indian media has been one of the most important ones in the world as it has not only been playing a vital role in the development of the country but also because it also played a major role in the Indian freedom struggle. Right from the origins of the Indian media, we can see how deeply it has always been affecting the citizens of the country and their decision making, helping them to uphold the democracy of India by providing them with a platform to maintain and share their individual views and ideas. During the freedom struggle, media worked as the fastest and the most effective tool in uniting native Indians against the British.
For someone who is aspiring to become a journalist, it is undoubtedly essential to know the past and present, and also have a good idea about the future of the media in their country. One needs to know about the power media holds in a country like India, which is till date the largest democracy in the world. What makes the role of media in a democracy much more important is that it is free from the government rule and is the sole source of making the people aware of all that they need to know.
If one turns back the pages of history, they’ll see that media has always been used as a weapon by the leaders and the elite to direct the thoughts of the people. Even though it is free from the government rule, power of the upper class in the country continues to restrict the Indian media from acting freely in the interest of the country.
To improve the present status and to be able to foresee the future of media, one needs to be well informed about its history and the power it withholds since its origin.