Hello, Indian media
22 Oct 1998 Joseph Lee Roberts @email.unc.edu
Hello, My name is Joseph Roberts and I am a student at the University of North Carolina, USA. North Carolina is a southern state on the east coast. it is mostly a rural state. We grow a lot of tobacco, sweet potatoes, and etc. However, the state has grown a lot over the past twenty years, and contains one of the country's top research and technology centers, Research Triangle Park. It is called the "triangle" because of the three local cities: Raliegh, Durham, and Chapel Hill that form the boundaries of the park. I live in Chapel Hill, which is a small but vibrant town centered around the university. I joined the site because I am curious about India, and I am working on a paper about Indian media. i have found some very useful sites on the internet, but i think the best way to find out about a country is to talk to its people. Also i am planning a trip to India in December to visit some friends, who live in Hyderbad ( sorry if I did not spell that correctly). I am in the process of booking a trip through M&M tours, a travel company in India. Are they any good? Can anyone recommend some must see places to a first time vistor? We have some very good Indian restaurants in NC. Well i haven't tried the real thing yet, so I think they are very good. Last night I had some lamb saag,which was very tastey. I am curious about the state of the internet in India. Is it widespread or limited to major cities and universities? Is it difficult to get acess to the internet? How much does it cost, and how good are the services? Is their a lot of censorship in India, or is the press free to print whatever it wants? Is the media privately owned or is it regulated by the government? Who are some of the major media corporatins? In the US it is Time-Warner, Newscorp, three major networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. sorry about the long message. You do not have to answer all of my questions, any information would be helpfull. Thanks and good bye.
23 Oct 1998 Sears @bom3.vsnl.net.in
Hello Joseph, Welcome to Interact. It is a pleasure to have an american interested in Indian culture & its people. India is very diversified in it's culture and though it is not as huge as USA in physical terms - because of the poor infrasturcture (it is improving quite fast though) the size is sometimes a constraint. A lot of people within the country maynot be aware of a lot of things happening in other parts becuase of this. We have Internet access in a few places in India & though it is not very wide spread it is a begining and wherever it is available - I think it is fairly good connection (There is always room for improvement). Internet connection is available at Approx.USD 1/- per Hour. There is Censorship in India as regards Pornography, etc but not much controls otherwise as regards Politics and general public. Censorship of the net is not so strictly controlled though. As such we are a democratic country so there is freedom of speech. We have access to CNN, BBC, and a host of other International channels - We have our own TV channels which are doing quite well - Zee, Sony, etc. Major News papers are Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu, etc. Regards Joseph Lee Roberts wrote..... > Time-Warner, Newscorp, three major networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. sorry about > the long message. You do not have to answer all of my questions, any > information would be helpfull. Thanks and good bye.
24 Oct 1998 V. Prahalad @giasmda.vsnl.net.in
>Hello Joseph, > >Welcome to Interact. It is a pleasure to have an american interested in >Indian culture & its people. > A few points to be made regarding this mail. 1. The author should have sent this directly to the person concerned. I assume more than 90 percent of the members are Indians living in India. So there is no point in flashing this mail to the list. I wouldnt like to restart the just-ended controvery regarding spamming on the list but since we all (at least most of us) do know something about Indian culture and just about everyone knows about the internet facilities (or the lack of it) in India the above email is redundant and inappropriate for the list. 2. More importantly, it is not a pleasure to have an American interested in Indian culture and its people. Unsympathetic editorials (regarding wsj on Amartya Sen) reflect the American attitude towards India and the rest of the non-white world. I wonder if the author would have extended a similar invitation if a query had been made by a Bangladeshi or Pakistani. We must not flatter ourselves with everything that is American. Lets face it. America is a hostile nation. ************************************* V. Prahalad * mailto:email@example.com * IIIyr Electronics & Comm. Engg., * College of Engineering, Guindy, * Anna University. * *************************************