2Several examples can be given. Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost and perestroika may haveresulted in the fall of the Soviet Union government, but it certainly helped the upliftment of thestandards of living in Russia. Remembering that a democracy is, in the words of that giant of American politics, Abraham Lincoln, “of the people, by the people, for the people” we can be surethat the press indeed can do quite a lot of good.Closer home, it was the media that shed light on the case of poor Ruchika Girhotra andwrecked up a storm to bring a semblance of justice to the whole proceedings; some thing thatmight have proved impossible without the intervention of the media. If the media could bringabout such a change in just one case, one can imagine what the media can do if it puts its mind toit.Another important use of the media, mainly of television, is of course to bringentertainment to the lives of India’s millions. Be it cricket or Bollywood, the media provideshappiness and joy to people after their long, and often tough day. The pleasure that the media givesto people cannot be measured by conventional methods, but is certainly both substantial andimportant. The words “light at the end of the tunnel” can be ascribed to the media in some ways.The long and often vilified ‘idiot box’ does have benefits after all.These days criticism has often been directed towards the media for the phenomenon whichgoes by the name of “sensationalism”. People feel that they have no respect for the sentiments andethics of the people and land whom they serve to, with their immense power to influence themasses they just make judgment like a true dictator rather than a good advice of a true friend asthey previously used to do. This is some thing that has itself been brought to light by the media.The media thus acts as a self-healing body as this shows.In other words, the media spares no one who has done wrong from its grasp. It is a many-armed, ever-growing conglomerate of people who at their best can bring down unlawfulgovernments and enterprises. International journalism can bring about changes in policies of governments and question acts of commission and omission by entities all around the world. Thetrue potential of the media I believe has not yet been seen.