Radio, Oct. 31, 1938

Radio to the Ryot

Old Mother India is too poor for radio. In the whole peninsula no sets are manufactured, and imported receivers are subject to heavy duties. But India's ryot (farmer) needs radio. He gets news only from bazaar gossip on market days, loses even that source when impassable roads through the four-month rainy season keep him home. So for three years All-India Radio (controlled by the Indian Government) has been trying to figure out a broadcasting scheme to enlighten rural India.

Obstacles to the scheme are many. A.I.R. has insufficient money for broadcasting, furnishing...

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