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.