Meeting Outlined US India Foreign Policy Objectives in the Telugu Context
Washington, DC: USINPAC hosted Telugu media experts at its office in the suburbs of Washington DC. The meeting discussed aspects of Telugu print, broadcast and online journalism in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. USINPAC provided an overview of US foreign policy and topics most relevant to issues like international trade agreements, counter-terrorism, climate change and the environment and gender-based violence.
Attendees from India included senior journalists and Telugu media experts like Mr. Srikanth Bakshi, Chief Copy Editor, NTV, Mr. Prithvi Raju Ponnuru, Assistant Editor, Sakshi newspaper, Mr. Bala Gangadhar Tilak Tummala, Chief Sub Editor, Eenadu newspaper, Mr. Venkata Gunneswara Rao Undralla, News Editor, TV5 Telugu News Channel, Ms. Sunitha Natti, Business Correspondent, The New Indian Express and Telugu interpreters Ms. Kavitha Herle and Mr. Sabbanna Varanasi.
Telugu mass media is one of the fastest growing media sectors in India. Jointly Andhra and Telengana publish 12 daily Telugu newspapers with a circulation exceeding five million readers, 20 Telugu television channels provide news and entertainment to more than 50 million viewers. The number of Telugu-speaking Indians immigrating to the U.S. continues to rise as do visitors coming to the U.S. for education, business and tourism. As a result, Telugu media outlets are increasingly focusing on international issues, particularly U.S. foreign policy and the U.S.-India bilateral relationship. Bilateral meetings with government agencies, media organizations, journalists and think tanks, facilitate better understanding of the different elements of U.S. foreign policy for Telugu media personnel.
Dr. Ram Reddy, Chairman of Board at CommuniClique Inc welcomed the invitees saying, We have a growing Telugu speaking Indian American community in the US, engaged in I.T, Medicine, R&D and Pharmaceutical industries. The need for relevant media coverage of US-India issues is ever more important in both English and Telugu. Cultural and educational exchanges like these will foster closer and meaningful ties to viewers in both India and the US.
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community.