Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2019)
The portrayal of the east Kolkata wetlands in the regional language newspaper of Kolkata
Author(s): Moumita Basu
Abstract: Lying in the eastern part of Kolkata, a group of water bodies called the East Kolkata Wetlands supports the natural balance of a vast area including the Kolkata metropolitan, the suburbs of Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas and Howrah. As stated by the researchers and environmentalists, this 125 sq. km area can play a special role in countering international global warming and climate change. But since the last few decades, the East Kolkata Wetlands is facing the problem of urbanization, especially illegal urbanization, negligence from environmental experts and lack of general awareness. As the result, the natural ecosystem of this region is suffering and it is going to heavily affect the Kolkatans in an indirect manner. In the near future, the deterioration of this natural water body can emerge as one of the main causes behind the annihilation of Kolkata city. This research study is a modest attempt to examine that how all of these problems are getting focused through the mass media especially the regional language newspapers to aware masses. The summaries of the news reports from ‘The Telegraph’ (English) and ‘Ei Samay’ (Bengali) are also featured in the article.