Unending opinion

Published: Tuesday 31 August 2004


If you want to read well researched, comprehensive and non-stop reportage on issues, chances are that your newspaper or magazine will run out of column space after a while. But at indiatogether.org, the edits and opinion pieces don't have that constraint.

No pop-ups, flashes or tickers, and at least 15 'topics' covering the most important concerns in India today. From A for adivasis to W for women, each of these topics contains at least 20 reports and opinion pieces. For example, the media section has a range of articles: from why India isn't 'unshackling FM radio' to 'culture cops and the mass media'. The laws section has debates on capital punishment and the Freedom to Information Act

If that can't fill your reading appetite, you can read about more than 15 states. P Sainath's reportage on the agrarian crisis in Andhra Pradesh is a complete website in itself. The website was set up in 1998, and since July 2003 has been running on donations from readers. It can truly claim to be running for readers' interest.

And what a treat for readers: Each article has sketches, sometimes graphs and charts, blurbs and highlights. Why can't newspapers and magazines be like indiatogether? Because "news organisations are not leveraging the advantages of the Internet, but are merely bringing a portion of their print publication online," the overview section will tell you.

But not at indiatogether. The edit here doesn't end at op-ed.

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