Wednesday, November 17, 2004

GoodnewsIndia

"Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?”
“There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.”

“In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE?”
- Excerpts from a speech by DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM, President of India

I remember this email that was flying around for a long time with title, “A must read for Indians”, with excerpts from a speech made by president Abdul kalam. People read it, praised it, forwarded to all on their buddy lists. After a while, it is forgotten like any other forwarded article. I wish, at least some people would start looking at India little differently and start doing some thing different which might change this shameful image.

Honestly speaking this is true for all news papers, tv channels, plethora of web sites and other communication channels, except one web site, http://www.goodnewsindia.com/. This web site, with a mission to “.. persuade that there is more to India than the stream of depressing stories projects her to be”. Created by DV Sridharan in 1999 with 3 pages of good news about India, and now has over 650,000 unique visitors and over 1 million page views, spells only positive thoughts all through its web pages and show case the achievements and triumphs of the (mostly) un-sung heroes of India, thus setting examples to the fellow Indians to follow. The site is entirely maintained by him self.

"He is a one man army now; with only his Toyota Qualis, and an Apple computer to help him. He designs the site, meets the heroes of India, writes about them, takes pictures with his digital camera, writes two main stories and six supplementary stories a month, uploads them, publishes and replies to all the mail. Whenever a new story appears, all those who have subscribed to the site get a three line alert stating that a new story has been published.” Read the complete story of its beginnings featured on rediff.com titled “Now, for the good news” at
http://www.rediff.com/netguide/2003/may/23good.htm

This man’s brave efforts truly exemplify the famous quote, “Action speaks louder than words”. It can, hopefully, also inspire a billion people.

Exotic? Can’t believe it? Visit the web site and read the biggest achievements of the man himself and other fellow Indians.

If you buy stuff from Amazon, follow the Amazon link on this page http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/support/theGNIStory/gniSupport.html , to help support it.

“For an affectionate but truthful look at India, visit http://goodnewsindia.com/”

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