Big Media Anyone?
From an article I did for this morning’s Hindu:
DB Power is a subsidiary of DB Corp Ltd, a media conglomerate that owns four newspapers, including the Hindi Dainik Bhaskar and English DNA, that have a combined readership of 17.5 million readers, and the My FM radio station.
The company’s most recent project in Dharamjaigarh shall displace 524 families from six settlements to extract 2 million tonnes of coal every year to fuel a 1320 MW thermal power plant that shall be built in the adjoining district of Janjgir.
No prizes for guessing what the Dainik Bhaskar’s coverage was like:
On the day of the public hearing, villagers were united in their opposition to the plant. “Company officials have been intimidating the villagers and are pressuring us to give our land, and the police are refusing to register cases against the company,” said Adhir Majhi, a resident of Baisiya Colony who shall lose his land if the power is cleared.
It appears villagers don’t always believe what they read in the newspapers.