At a time when differences among communities are on the rise, Radio Brahmaputra, a community radio station, is creating waves and uniting tribal groups in upper Assam's Dibrugarh.
The radio station, which began in 2010, has become the voice of the downtrodden with programmes in five languages, including Bhojpuri and Chadri, a tea tribe dialect.
"One of our biggest achievements is that we have been able to bridge the gap among different communities. As we broadcast programmes in five different languages, people from other communities have started listening to our programmes. They have started feeling more comfortable with each other," station coordinator Bhaskar Bhuyan told TOI.
Besides Bhojpuri and Chadri, Radio Brahmaputra broadcasts programmes in Assamese, Bodo and Mishing, a rare feat by a non-commercial radio station in Assam.
The station is situated at Maijan Borsakia Gaon near Paltan Bazar in Dibrugarh. "Our ability to influence villagers is our biggest asset. When we broadcast programmes in their languages and dialects, they can relate to us. Gradually, we are noticing encouraging changes," Bhuyan added.
The various radio formats include radio and chat shows, music, information-based programmes, drama, interviews, quiz shows for schoolchildren, special programmes for women and the elderly, folk music and public service announcements.
For more, click here: The Times of India