Information Technology : Guardian of Democracy – Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, September 28, 2016: According to media reports, the first 2016 US Presidential debate was viewed by over 100 million persons (nearly half the population of US). The two candidates dealt with the serious issues confronting US in areas such as economics, ecology, energy, climate change, employment, gender equity, immigration and foreign policy. The listeners got a clear idea of the stand taken by the two candidates in such issues of national and global importance. There will be two more Presidential Debates and at the end of it, the American voting public will have a clear idea where the respective candidates stand in matters affecting the nation’s economy, security and foreign relations. In countries like ours, with a population of nearly 1.3 billion, such methods of projecting the political belief and commitments of the candidates will be very useful to the voting public. Casting votes on the basis of an intelligent assessment of the candidate’s capability and political and social concerns will become feasible. We should promote the use of media for reaching the unreached in the field of political enlightenment. Media for Democracy should become a national movement.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.