A STUDY OF ENVIORMENTAL ISSUES IN MADHYA PRADESH AND APPROACH OF MEDIA
Madhya Pradesh which happens to be the state with largest area under forest cover is witnessing shrinking of forest according to a ‘Times of India’ report quoting the recent estimates of Forest Survey of India. The report mentioned that the state was witnessing decrease in dense forest in many districts of the state including Sidhi, Mandla, Satna, Umaria, Jabalpur, Jhabua, East Nimar, Dewas, Chhindwara, Chhatarpur and Balaghat.
In addition to the decline in the forest cover, the state in the process of making development, has also been witnessing several environmental issues like excessive mining causing large-scale pollution, decrease in agricultural land due to rapid urbanization around cities like Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and others, shrinking of Upper Lake of Bhopal which is known as the lifeline of the city, continuously increasing pollution levels in the industrial cities like Singrauli and others.
These issues are, time-to-time, brought up in the newspapers of the state but however, the state government is unable to show a resolve to redress all these issues which are a great cause of concern for the human lives and even more worrisome for the generations to come. This situation raises a question – whether journalists are adopting an approach in representing the environmental issues of the state aggressively compelling state government to chalk out some strong policies to redress these issues.
This paper would attempt to study the approach of the state’s major newspapers in redressing these alarming environmental threats by interviewing the environmental journalists deployed with them to cover these issues. This way, the research would try to know the state of environmental journalism in the state directly from the horses’ mouth.
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