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It's not Bluetooth, silly, it is Bultoo!: The story of an initiative that wants to change the face of Bastar

Speaker: Shubhranshu Choudhary

Abstract: 

CGnet Swara is an experiment of the democratization of media in the bottom of pyramid situations in the vast region of Bastar in Chattisgarh. We feel like the world has moved towards political democracy slowly but steadily in the last few centuries; it is time also to move towards democratic communication. The internet does it for people who have the internet half the world's population today is on the wrong side of the digital divide and this is an impediment if we can to create a better world.

With Bultoo Radio our effort is to try and make every individual a reporter just like each is a voter. Bultoo is a corruption for Bluetooth works on a phone even if it does not have any mobile signal, which is the case in many remote areas. We are trying to use a mixture of internet, mobile phone, and Bluetooth to create a model of responsible and democratic communication platform which strengthens our political democracy and solves more problems. In other words, we want to create social media for poor people. 

 

Bio of Speaker:

Shubhranshu Choudhary is a journalist formerly with BBC. He covered most of the wars in South Asia but was forced to think about the role of the current mainstream media in fuelling these conflicts while covering the Maoist problem in Central India, where he grew up with his refugee parents who came there to work for the Railways.

Shubhranshu was given the Google Digital Activism award in 2014 and was chosen as one of the 100 leading global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine the same year. Shubhranshu is working on The New Peace process in Central India to bring peace in the conflict-ravaged region with the help of tools like Bultoo Radio for a decade and a half.

He is the author of the book Let's call him Vasu: With Maoists in Chhattisgarh and is an International Knight Journalism fellow with the International Centre for Journalists in Washington DC.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 - 5:30pm