On wrong wavelength

In 2014, India had just 170 community radio stations as opposed to the earlier plans of setting up 4,000 stations by 2010 (Photographs: Vikas Choudhary)

In 2014, India had just 170 community radio stations as opposed to the earlier plans of setting up 4,000 stations by 2010 (Photographer: Vikas Choudhary)

“The country’s experiment with community radio started after the Supreme Court in 1995 said radio waves belong to the people and that the government is a caretaker. Subsequent to the verdict, civil society pressured the government to grant licences to community radio.

But two decades later, the concept of community radio has not caught on. This despite the fact that almost all the governments at the Centre have promised to strengthen the medium which, they say, is “an integral component of the right to free speech and expression”.”

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Author: Anupam Chakravartty
Source: Down to Earth