Friday, February 5, 2010

22nd January 2010, 4th Day of Honest Politics Course- Media and Journalism in Politics

The Honest Politics course covers a wide variety of topics relevant for understanding the operational principles of Politics. Socio-economic analysis of the reasons for political decay, was the topic covered in the morning session. Influence of caste, religion, race and even family run politics was discussed. Everyone in our country is well aware of politics being family business both in the Central and State level. Movie Industry and politics have been associated and had a huge impact and turning points in the political layout. In all this commotion, average citizens blame the entire political system and shy away from taking responsibility and acting on it. People sit around coffee shops and public places and discuss about the sorry state of politics but no one would take the initiative to act on this issue and try to bring about a change. This has paved an easy route for the politicians to go unchallenged.
Role of education and quality of life in participatory democracy was a very informative topic covered in the afternoon session. The basic rights of human beings are food, shelter, clothing and education. Women in the rural areas are still deprived of quality education as they are considered a curse and are married away at a tender age. Fundamental Rights, included in Part 3 of the Constitution covers, right to equality. right to freedom, right to freedomfrom exploitation, right to freedom of religion, cultural and educational rights and the right to constitutional remedies. Factors that influence the opportunities for participation of people in democracy, are Political, Social, Economic,Cultural, General ecological and Personal factors.
Media-Political Journalism, explaining about the past and present modes of communication in political environment was detailed. Political communication is an important process through which representatives, politicians and bureaucrats engage with the masses. Print, electronic and web are three main branches of journalism. Developments in telecommunications (eg. television, computers,internet) and other technologies, combined with accelerating processes of social change, have fundamentally altered the character of political parties and government. New form of Journalism called the Citizen Journalism, employ the blogs, twitter and mobile technology with SMS to relay information. The instructor's lecture was aimed to motivate the participants to engage proactively in citizen journalism with the aid of modern age multimedia.

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