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For the country to progress, illiterate section of the society needs to be imparted information
Satbir Singh Bedi | 17 Aug 2013

The major role of the media of mass communication is to inform the masses for spreading knowledge among them with a view to generating power among these masses.  Entertainment by the mass media is required to make the knowledge to be spread interesting so that it can be digested by the people.  Now, it cannot be gainsaid that knowledge is power and hence once the people become knowledgeable, they can really become powerful and keep a watch over every move of the Government.  However, there are among our masses many illiterate persons who have been given a right to vote.  It is equally important to keep them informed of every development so that they can too acquire knowledge and keep a watch on the Government and its activities. It is not sufficient just to elect a Government once in five years and then forget all about it.  We have to keep a watch on every move of the Government and for that we must understand the policies, programmes including budget formulation etc. of the Government.  The mass media can help all the citizens in this regard.  However, not all the mass media of communication can reach all the citizens.  For example, print media would fail to reach the illiterate section of the citizenry.  Nor can the internet play a role in this regard.  The illiterate section of the society can be reached only through the media of radio, television, films and mobiles.  While television, films and mobiles are both in public and private sectors, it is the radio which is mainly in the Government sector.  However, all these media viz., radio, television, films and mobiles have to reach the illiterate people and inform them about the policies and programmes of the Government as well as their implementation.
Only in this manner, we can have true democracy and the nation can really progress as citizens must not only have voting rights but must be aware of their other rights as well.