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
- India’s dietary guidelines have a relatively lower carbon footprint: study
- [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
Almost Famous Species
- 148 zebra loaches exported per day from Western Ghats to feed global pet trade
- What’s dangerous about these cute turtles which are popular pets in India?
- Common, yet threatened: The case of northeast India’s Malayan giant squirrels
- Newly described scorpion species from Western Ghats highlight need for more research and conservation
- [Commentary] Nature-based solutions hold the key to transform our cities into resilient spaces
- Are we overlooking the role of grasslands in mitigating climate change?
- Desert areas of Rajasthan bloom under afforestation efforts
- Reviving the critically endangered gharials in Odisha
India's Iconic Landscapes
- The toxic love for Ladakh is weighing heavy on its natural resources
- [Video] Mapping Tamil Nadu’s grasslands to protect them and know their role in carbon storage
- The development plan that could end up sinking Lakshadweep islands
- Andaman forests need longer intervals between repeat logging for recovery: study
Beyond Protected Areas
- Impact of armed conflicts on wildlife underestimated: study
- Millions of seahorses caught as bycatch in Indian shores
- Neglect shrouds Behali Reserve Forest’s biodiversity along Assam-Arunachal border
- Longest dispersal of a female tiger recorded in Central India
- Plant Man Miguel Braganza on how Konkan Fruit Fest preserves food biodiversity
- 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
- Bigwigs of India’s fossil-fuel industry could drive the country’s green energy sector
- Subsidies for India’s renewable sector are falling, needs renewed support, says study
- Land conflicts on the horizon as India pursues a clean energy future
- The balance between jobs in the renewable energy and fossil fuel sectors could play on India’s energy transition