Editor, sun tv and the tamil maazine
1. A brief introduction on yourself.
I am Maalan. For more informations click on the
2.What promoted you to journalism..?
drawn into journalism at a very young age at 13.It is a kind of a reaction to
my reading habbit then. I was keen to write but hardly had any guidance at
that age. I was also told that I am too young to be published. But the
eagerness to express myself prompted me to launch a manuscript magazine
when I was 13. From then my flair for journalism grew with me. At 30
I became an editor for a full fledged magazine!
3. "Pen is mightier than Sword". How much truth do you perceive in
this proverb from your experience?
That is an old
adage. Now ' mouse' is mightier than the bandikoots. Of course,I mean the
computer mouse and political bandikoots
What is your thrust/focus as an Editor?
objectives as an editor had always remained the same, wherever I have
discharged my responisibility. They are the dictums set by poet Bharathi. They
are: Puthiyana Virumbu' ( aspire for new - ideas, writings,
viewpoints) Sarithiram Therchikol ( Master the history) and Thesaththaik
Kaaththal Sei ( Defend the country)
5. With so much craze for westernaisation, does it have any impact on
the tamil readership quality?
want to make any qualitative analysis, as ' quality' is a subjective term but
agree that readership has changed considerably. Westernaisation has opened
a few windows. It intoduced us to new forms of writings in early
20th centuary and to new themes later. Free school education introduced in mid
sixties revolutionised the reading habbits in Tamilnadu. A new generation of
readers ushered in. But in the subsequent periods, with the arrival of primary
education through English as the medium, we have lost this crop.
6. With Sun TV being part and parcel of each and everyone, the message
delivered are the most effective. Still 80%of the programmes revolves
around serials and Movies. Don't you think concentrating on inspiring
talk shows and well motivated programmes can change the mindset of the people
is a gift of technology rather than a social product like print media.It
has its strengths and limitations. Before satellite televisions were
launched, in India we had the monolithic, government controlled TV, which was
burecratic in nature. It was highly Delhi centeric and was promoting
brahminical culture. Hardly there was any room for counter or alternative
culture. To cite an example, Ramayan and Mahabharat were serilaised for
years and Silapathikaram has to wait.
This mileu positioned
satellite televisions at the other end of the spectrum.When they were bornthey
became more entertainment and film centeric. In the last 10 years Sun Tv
has bloomed into a boquet of 10 channels and each one is dedicated to one
theme. Sun Tv is a channel for serials, Ktv for films and Sun News Channel for
news and current affairs. This segmentation offers options and
variety to the viewer and has strengthened all the diamensions of
7. It has become a fashion to inivite the cine stars to the political power.
Both fields being tow different poles, if elected,how much effective can their
roles be served?
is a system that offers equal oppertunities to all. No one can rule the people
with out their concern, in a system of democracy. And film stars, if they fail
to deliver, they will be ousted out of power. In Tamilnadu, in the post
MGR era no film star could make it to power. Many of them, Mr.T.Rajendar,
Mr.Bagyaraj, even Sivaji Ganesan, were not able to run their own political
parties. Even MGR's widow Mrs.Janaki Ramachandran, is no exception.
Now a days
we see the films of super stars, whether it is Mr.Rajanikanth or Kamal
Hassan flop in box office in the absence of a convincing story line. Baba and
Alavandan are examples.
show that the people are discerning and it would not be easy for a film
personality to walk in to the corridors of power, simply availing their film
8. What are your views about the of tamil language and its progeny in
Singapore has a glorious past and it will have a glorious future.Its now time
to acquire a mordern outlook. An intelectual apporach to language would help
more rather than an emotional approach. Instead of wearing Tamil on sleves
just as an indentity, now Singaporeans have to handle the language
as a tool for intelectual expressions.
has all the potentials to become a cyber hub for South Asia, and Tamils
must avail this oppertunity. Internet can be used foster the language in many
ways, namely, web archiving, web publishing, and teaching and
Singaporeans must avail this oppertunity to their best. .
9. What do you think is the important quality for a journalist?
profession of journalism one will come across the darker side of the society
and it people more often than others. A journalist have to reamain positive
minded. Other than this the most needed qualities are
commitment,objectivity and fairness to all views.
10. Your advise to the youngsters who aspire to become a
scroll through history, you will find that all great minds had been a
journalists.Mahatma Gandhi was a journalist.Jawaharlal Nehru founded the
national Herald. Marx published his own paper. Bharathiyar was the
youngest editor Tamil has seen so far. Periyar, and Anna were journalists.
Kalaignar still writes for Murasoli every day. Come and join the club!
Sir, For you kind information, the next issue is due on the 1st of Jan'03.
Could you also kindly send me a photo to be published along the interview.
Thank You once again.
Mr: SP .MUTHURAMAN