Hyderabad: Media baron Ch Ramoji Rao has stepped down as Editor of Eenadu from Saturday. He was Editor for Eenadu , the largest circulated Telugu newspaper, for almost 46 years. The speculation doing round is that Ramoji Rao has decided given increasing complications including Andhra Pradesh government issuing circulars to all departments to file cases against defaming news stories.

Senior journalist DN Prasad has been named as Editor of Eenadu in Telangana and M Nageswara Rao who is so far heading Eenadu Journalism School and Desk is now the Editor of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and New Delhi editions. Eenadu that has around 16.6 lakh circulation and widely read. Ramoji Rao’s son Ch Kiron is the managing director of the company, and he didn’t take up the legacy of his father.

Ramoji Rao’s name still appears on imprint as the founder of Eenadu. Ramoji Rao’s Eenadu has been accused by then Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasehkar Reddy and the current CM of AP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for being biased in editorial policy.

The key allegation against Ramoji Rao is that he has been supporting Telugudesam party run by N Chandrababu Naidu. Ramoji Rao and Chandrababu Naidu belong to the same community. It was Eenadu that supported NT Rama Rao when the actor launched Telugu Desam party and the newspaper also given positive coverage during the revolt of Naidu against his father- in-law at Viceroy hotel. Despite facing accusations of political bias Eenadu’s brand is considered as most trusted one and the organization is hailed for maintaining editorial standards.

The only evident aspect is that Eenadu is biased for TDP and has been writing critical stories against YSR Congress. After YS Jagan came into power, he ordered the officials to book cases for alleged false news. This has been protested widely by the newspapers.

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7 comments on "Here is why Ramoji Rao resigned as Eenadu Editor?"

  • Though you said good words on Eenadu, my own experience says that it very very rarely publish the counters on articles/reports published in the daily unlike Andhra Jyothi daily news paper. We hope the new Editors bring in new era by encouraging counters on articles/reports published in Eenadu.

  • Afcourse,,,Indian news papers Band,by English Govt,!in Emegency in India many no,of papers left their editorial page empty,,,Still strong opppsion/ 4th estate are Pillers in Democracy,,,for good govenence,,,than those who say yes master

  • Medium of School education: English versus Telugu!!!

    I sent a mail to the Editor Eenadu on 17th November “Today’s Eenadu [17/11/2019] presented good stories, like global warming stories, on Telugu/mother tongue versus English/foreign language. Why Eenadu did not wrote such stories when TDP regime privatized education in undivided AP and as well in present AP? These private schools and colleges minting money with little consideration on poor/villagers!!!

    When Central Government tried to impose Hindi as national language, states opposed it and English was also made as national language. That is English became medium for integration of states and creation of employment opportunities. Thus, this facilitated interstate and inter-country employment – business opportunities – industries development.
     Not published my mail, as usual
    Now, even today’s [15 December 2019] Eenadu presented story in the main paper and interviews with well-placed individuals in Hyderabad Edition [however, it did not mention about their children & grandchildren on whether they studied/studying in English medium or Telugu medium schools; government or private/corporate schools]

    Let us see few primary issues that define the language:

    English in India is one of the main communication languages in multilingual country. It is a symbol of participation in national and international life. NCERT, an apex body for school education in the country was commissioned by MHRD during 2009-10 for conducting study on teaching of English in government schools at the primary level in India.

    The effect of globalization on Indian society is felt since 1990s. Before Independence there were only two categories of languages in India, English and Vernaculars. In spite of their rich heritage, most of the Indian languages had hardly any official status or political power. Gradually, the domains of use for Indian languages were expanding, and the main media had started to enter the homes of the literate sections of the linguistic community. The National policy on education adopted by the Indian National Congress in the 1920 had helped the use of Indian languages as medium of instruction.

    Since English was the language of official communication and judiciary, and since government was still the most important employer. English education continued to flourish. Dr. Radhakrishna Commission for the University Education in its report had stated “that for medium of instruction for higher education English be replaced as early as possible by the Indian language. Even after several decades of Independence, higher science & technical education is not available in major Indian languages.

    The era of Independence and industrialization combined with new status and privileges by Indian languages had given an impetus to these languages for their use as school languages and as medium of instruction. The era of industrialization people were going away from their mother tongue as a language of schooling and as a medium of instruction. Globalization – language as a commodity -: Education and employment opportunities are directly related. So also are education and language.

    The market decides employment opportunities, and the employability of the human resource. Now, more than ever the educated individuals have become a commodity ready for export.

    Medium of education in TS Schools:

    Total Telugu English Others
    Government 26,88,951 15,45,276 10,16,334 1,27,341
    Private 31,21,539 00,63,247 30,27,459 0,30,833

    That means in government Schools medium instruction in English is in 38% of the schools and in private schools it is 97%.

    For all competitive colleges and employment these private school educated get more employment opportunities of good income including IT sector, UPSC based recruitments, foreign based education and employments, etc.

    Note: Yet with all these, at degree and post-graduate/Ph.D. levels Telugu is there to still.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  • Though media is 4th estate it is not necessary when it works biassed. Every one knows most of the media are working supporting some political group. If such is the case why money be spent as subsidy for news print and journalist facilities

  • It is a well known fact that Kammas control 2 news papers and 16 TV channels in Telugu states.
    The news reported is very biased and false favouring Chandrababu Naidu.
    In spite of this bias, people of AP and TS have elected YSRCP and TRS.

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