Articles by M. Somasekhar
Completed Master’s in Communication and Journalism (M.C.J.) from Osmania University. Became a Journalist in 1983, with a reporter’s job in the Press Trust of India. As a Journalist with PTI covered elections, Coming to Power of NT Rama Rao and Telugu Desam, Science Congress meetings, international conferences, toured the State extensively. PTI also sent me to France to cover the Centennary of the Eiffel Tower and bi-centenniary of the French Revolution in 1988-89. Was the Secretary, Press Club of Hyderabad during 1989-92, during which time, all India cricket and indoor games tournaments for media were started. Meets with well-known people including R.K.Laxman, Vikram Seth, O.P. Nair, Kapil Dev and a cartoon exhibition on Political cartoons was organised. In 1993, moved to New Delhi to join The Hindu Group, with the Business Line. During an 8-year stint had a chance to cover the political turmoil at the Centre. Covered Parliament proceedings, travelled extensively in North India covering major political developments. Covered the Pokhran Nuclear blasts in 1998. In Delhi served as Secretary, Indian Science Writers Association during 1997-99. My journalistic career has taken me to the US, Australia, China, Federal Republic of Germany, Canada, Mauritius, France and Thailand on reporting assignments. In 2001, The Hindu brought me back to Hyderabad to head Business Line as The Chief of Bureau. As the longest serving in the Post, have led a team that covered Satyam Scam, Separate Telangana agitation, Elections, the IT growth and emergence of Cyberabad. My writings have been published in two Coffee Table books on Indian Science brought out from London. Moderated many sessions on professional topics, have been cited in communication text books etc. Honoured by AP & Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan in 2016 for contributions to Journalism and Press Club of Hyderabad. Have also done programmes on Radio, TV and participated in panel discussions. Recently moderated an interaction of editors with Cong(I) President, Rahul Gandhi in Hyderabad. Moderated programmes on Budget, Investor Meet, Careers etc for Business Line.
- The story of Jakkur lake sets an example for inclusive rejuvenation projects
- Welcome to Tsomgo lake: Please don’t litter
- Managing waste to save the wetlands of Himachal Pradesh
- The monks who protect the Bhagajang wetland
Environment And Health
- [Commentary] Will the COVID-19 second wave buck the trend for the Indian middle class?
- How did a once water-rich village in Goa become entirely dependent on tankers?
- Avian flu in India brings forth environmental, animal and human health linkages
- [Explainer] Understanding the science behind avian influenza
Almost Famous Species
- Elusive white-bellied heron spotted in the high Himalayas
- New marine flatworm from rare group discovered from the coral atolls of Lakshadweep
- No honey, no hives, but solitary bees have important lives
- Almost Famous species: the wild side of 2020 from forest to backyard
India's Iconic Landscapes
- Chilika lake records rise in migratory bird numbers, sees new species too
- [Commentary] Counting bulbuls to conserve the Deccan hillocks and scrub forests
- [Commentary] Isolated pockets of unique wildlife populations of Gujarat need immediate attention
- Hydropower not a very ‘green’ solution in Himachal Pradesh, finds study
Beyond Protected Areas
- Saving the Asiatic black bear from illegal wildlife trade needs nuanced conservation
- Mammals use cashew plantations in the northern Western Ghats
- Odisha plans to satellite-tag pangolins to study them better
- [Video] A mugger crocodile on shared space, fear and future
- Building up carbon sinks in northeast India’s shifting cultivation landscape
- Coloured cotton from India on the cusp of commercial release in 2021
- Revival and absence of Bengaluru’s traditional crop varieties
- India’s millets policy: is it headed in the right direction?
- Net zero debate: Where do Indian states stand on the decarbonisation pathway?
- Odisha diverts DMF funds to urban areas as mining-affected communities suffer
- [Video] The invisible impact of mining on women
- India to explore if there can be co-development of mining and ecology