3 min read.Updated: 06 May 2016, 04:16 AM ISTBahar Dutt
In its short-sighted approach, the media conveniently blamed locals without questioning the forest department and govt policies
Social media has its benefits. A fire in Uttarakhand would normally have got peripheral coverage on television and newspapers. But due to the dramatic pictures going viral on social media, it became more than just a regional story, and soon reporters from mainstream media houses were being sent to cover the fire that has engulfed parts of the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and now Himachal Pradesh.