A Fauji radio channel for all
Mumbai: This Republic Day, the patriot in us will salute the nation, slain freedom fighters of the past and the armed forces. We may vow to give the cynic in us the day off. We may even watch the Republic Day parade on TV, taking pride in the fact that the parade telecast will finally include sign language. And by the morning of January 27, we may forget them all. That is, until Independence day.
Soldiers march during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade. Fauji radio will also be launched on the same day. Pic/AFP
An Internet radio channel called Fauji Radio, launched by Radiowalla.in aims to change all that. The radio channel, which is scheduled to be launched on January 26, is the brainchild of Bangalore-based CEO and co-founder of Radiowalla.in Anil Srivatsa and his mother, Chaya Srivatsa.
The son of a navy officer himself, Anil explains that he always wanted to launch a radio station for the armed forces. “The channel is designed to boost the morale of the armed forces and to humanise their lives, as civilians don’t know a lot about them. This is also a way to build some appreciation in everyone for the armed forces and, also, nationalism and patriotism in everyone,” explains Anil. The official Facebook page of the radio station is already up and has garnered 770 likes so far.
Fauji Radio which will be live-streamed 24/7, will air a variety of programmes. One of them is the poignantly titled Chitthi Aayee Hai, where letters sent by soldiers to their families will be read out on air, all the while protecting their privacy if need be. There is also Ajeeb Kahani, which the Srivatsas, understandably, stay tight lipped about, only hinting that the segment will bring out extraordinary, human interest stories of the armed forces’ officers and their families.
Other programmes will include studio discussions with retired, heavyweight officials about their heroic service for the nation (for instance, there is an interview with legendary astronaut Rakesh Sharma among others), information on the rehabilitation of war widows and how civilians can join the armed forces, by, for example, getting through to the National Defence Academy (NDA). Another interesting segment, Kaha Gaye Woh Log will revive the memories of deceased, brave soldiers.
Eighty per cent of the programmes will be in Hindi and the programmes’ content has been already recorded, says Chaya. “The idea is to motivate people,” she explains. “It is also to present the whole picture (of what life is like being with the armed forces) in its totality though the programmes, from the time you join the force till you retire,” she adds.