HT@15: Aiming for the next milestone in Madhya Pradesh
You are holding in your hands a bond of love and commitment made to Madhya Pradesh this day fifteen years ago. Yes, it’s our special anniversary supplement, a media milestone in a state that has perhaps seen more changes than any other region over this period of time.bhopal Updated: Feb 22, 2015 20:13 IST
You are holding in your hands a bond of love and commitment made to Madhya Pradesh this day fifteen years ago.
Yes, it’s our special anniversary supplement, a media milestone in a state that has perhaps seen more changes than any other region over this period of time.
From the bifurcation of the state and the tectonic power shift of 2003 to the gradual unleashing of its economic potential, Hindustan Times covered every twist and turn in Madhya Pradesh’s journey to progress with the energy, ambition and maturity befitting the newspaper’s 90-year-long legacy of credibility.
When we launched here in 2000, it was to fill a critical gap in credible, refreshing news journalism. Today, Hindustan Times is a vital bridge between Madhya Pradesh and the rest of the country, ensuring the flow of a wide range of information to satiate a variety of readers.
If HT City (earlier HT Lives) celebrated the vibrancy of urban life, running popular 'Bhopal First' and 'Indore First' campaigns to touch lives, we reserved our best journalism for the vast, underdeveloped heart of India where a third of the population remains untouched by the winds of economic change.
Be it reporting child malnutrition or the struggle to balance industrialisation and environment, we kept a strong focus on how the other India, hidden away from the glare of the media, lives. Along the way, we sometimes picked up the wrath of the powerful and the kudos of the weak and vulnerable.
As our editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan says, news today is full of negativity – from stories of corruption to crimes against women and the declining quality of education that continue to hold back India.
Over the next 15 years, HT commits to take this 'bad news' head on but without losing sight of the information need of the aspiring youth. We will shine the torch on these issues relentlessly — in the cities and the countryside – and do so in partnership with our readers and citizens, because we think that's the best way to impact change. We will, together, make news better.
In the coming time, we will redouble focus on civic issues which impact readers, just as we will report and follow up on a range of other subjects from corruption and government inefficiencies to injustice to the weak and underprivileged.
We hope this special supplement presents a snapshot of that abiding message of hope and change. We have invited experts from different fields -- former bureaucrats, economists, academicians and even a poet – to lay out their vision of Madhya Pradesh by the year 2020.
Over the past years, the state has seen the entry of many more media players who never allow facts to get in the way of a good story. At Hindustan Times, we have walked a different journalistic path -- putting honesty and accuracy at the heart of what we do for a living.
It's a credo we vow to never abandon.
First Published: Feb 22, 2015 19:45 IST