Public Broadcasting in India: Success and Failures
Jawhar Sircar has served as India's longest serving Culture Secretary and has also headed the national public broadcasters, All India Radio and Doordarshan for nearly five years.He was elected unanimously as Vice President of the 71-nation Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, the world's such body of public broadcasters, which he served with distinction for four years. After graduating in Political Science from Presidency College in 1972, he studied at the universities of Calcutta, Cambridge and Sussex. He has two Masters Degrees in History and Anthropology. Sircar's research-based writings are on history, culture and religion, which have been published in India and abroad, which he has carried on for years, in spite of his punishing work schedule.He speaks regularly at foreign universities and institutes, mainly on Indian civilisation and culture, covering a whole range of critical issues. He resigned recently as the head of Indian public broadcasting to devote full time to his academic pursuits.