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Atlanta’s veteran journalist Mahadev Desai  bestowed with HTA Award

Freelance journalist Mahadev Desai is a familiar and well respected face around town, as he has been in the media for over 20 years now. Tanzania born, Atlanta resident, Mahadev Desai has been a Community News Editor for the India Tribune newspaper from 1994 to 2000.
He has his fingers on the pulse of the Indian community for over two decades. Whether you pick up Khabar magazine, Atlantadunia magazine,Desi-Express magazine or RashtraDarpan magazine or NRIPULSE newspaper, or look up Khabar,Atlantadunia or NRIPULSE websites, you are bound to see his well composed contributions with his by-line. Tanzania born Mahadev Desai is a voracious reader and a prolific writer. His repertoire includes coverage of Community events, literary reviews, short stories, ‘humor’pieces, profiles of prominent community members, and movie and play reviews.

At the Hindu Temple of Atlanta’s Volunteer Appreciation Day on September 15, 2019, where several volunteers were recognized and some high school students received scholarships; the primary person honored was Atlanta’s veteran reporter Mahadev Desai, for his years of reporting in Atlanta and especially for his yeoman’s service to HTA. He was garlanded, felicitated with a shawl, and presented with a plaque and check.

Mahadev Desai being honored at Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale


The blue plaque reads, “The Hindu Temple of Atlanta … is proud to honor Sri Mahadev Desai for excellence in journalism & in appreciation of your long time dedication & commitment to promote HTA in the media.”



(Left) The Indo-American Press Club. (Right) The Gandhi Foundation of USA

His many awards reflect the breadth of his service to the community:

1   National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior; GA Human Relations Commission, Jan. 24, 1998.
2  The Gandhi Foundation of USA, January 17, 2007.
3  India American Cultural Association (IACA), August 14, 2010.
4  Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Atlanta Chapter, 2011.
5  Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (GAPI), April 30, 2011.
6  NRI Pulse, August 2011.
7  Senior Citizens Program, March 25, 2012.
8  India Awareness Foundation (IAF), June 15, 2013.
9  Indo American Press Club, October 6, 2018.
10 The Hindu Temple of Atlanta, September 15, 2019.


Mahadev Desai reading his acceptance speech, as Dr. K. Sujatha Reddy of Sai Health Fairs stands by. (Photo: Suresh Volam, Sri Photos)

The text of Mahadev Desai’s acceptance speech:

Namaste and Good evening to you all.
I am really touched by this token of appreciation and recognition by you. I am deeply grateful, feel humbled and thankful to you all, including my media colleagues, editors, photographers, and all those who help me with useful information and most of all, the readers. I also thank my son-in-law Harshadbhai (who is sitting right there), my daughter, granddaughter, and wife for their support and encouragement.
I have always enjoyed coming to the Hindu Temple where I have always received warm hospitality and respect. Hindu Temple has a vast pool of talent and resources and is a throbbing Temple with many activities designed to keep alive the Hindu religion, values, our rich culture and traditions in our adopted land. Coming to this Temple, attending many events, and giving media coverage has been a rewarding learning experience for me. I take this opportunity to wish the very best to the Temple. I also congratulate all the other Award and Scholarship winners. Having said that, I will digress a bit.
In my long career as a journalist, I have seen quite a few changes. Before the internet and digital gadgets, I had to type my report, fax it to the Chicago office of India Tribune, load a film in my camera, take pics, get those developed in a studio, run to Fedex, and mail them. Now it is using Word, email, and a few digital camera pics. Digital technology is fast impacting the traditional media landscape. TV, internet, social media, WhatsApp, Skype, digital cameras, camcorders, etc., are providing and transmitting news at amazing speed.
Readers’ preferences are also changing. Instead of long reports, the current generation prefers texting, tweets, comments, blogs, etc., and quick soundbites. Speed is the name of the game. Very few have the patience to wait for three or four weeks to read a report. Even while the event is going on, pics, videoclips, and comments start appearing on Facebook, etc.
Many newspapers are closing down as a result of this. To survive, print and other media content is increasingly being commercially driven. You find advertisements embedded within a report or in a movie or a serial story.
The journalist must learn to adapt to the changing scene. It takes time, toil, tenacity, honesty, passion, and being impartial, fair, objective, informative, and engaging to win the trust of the readers. He should always try and avoid fake news and remember never to underestmate the readers.
I thank you all for attending today and listening to my remarks. Enjoy the evening.

Articles/ Reports / News By Mahadev Desai


' Oct-04-2019