Investigative journalism disappearing… everything in our garden looks rosy, says CJI Ramana
The concept of investigative journalism “is unfortunately disappearing from the web of the media,” India Chief Justice NV Ramana said on Wednesday.
âIn the past we have seen newspaper articles about scandals and misconduct create waves with serious consequences. (But) short of one or two, I don’t remember a story of this magnitude in recent years. Everything in our garden seems to be pink. I’ll leave it to you to come to your own conclusions, âCJI said, speaking at the launch ofâ Blood Sanders: The Great Forest Heist â, written by journalist Sudhakar Reddy Udumula.
Recalling its association with the author, CJI said Reddy’s family came from a village close to his place of origin in Andhra Pradesh. âI remember my village, the good old days and good friends. I wanted to visit my village. (I hope to do it very soon, “he said in Telugu.
âAs someone whose first job was as a journalist, I take the liberty of sharing some thoughts on today’s media,â said CJI Ramana. âThe concept of investigative journalism is unfortunately fading from the media – that’s true at least in the Indian context. When we were growing up we looked forward to newspapers exposing great scandals; newspapers (then) have never disappointed us.
CJI started his professional career as a journalist for the newspaper ‘Eenadu’.
Speaking about the book, CJI said red sandalwood trees are threatened with extinction. “Like all good things in this world, Red Sanders also fell prey to human greed.”
“According to an estimate presented by the author, over the past two decades, nearly 60 lakh of Red Sanders trees have been cut,” he said. âSmuggling from the 5,30,097 hectare forest area has resulted in the arrest of more than 2,000 people from the neighboring state alone. Many have lost their lives. Offenders as well as law enforcement officials have suffered fatalities. “