Reliance Foundation launches Reliance Drishti, first Hindi fortnightly in Braille
For millions of visually impaired in India the only recourse to update with the contemporary news and other latest developments in the world is through TV or Radio but not anymore. Reliance Foundation spearheaded by corporate czar Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita has launched India’s first national Hindi periodical in braille script. The fortnightly periodical named Reliance Drishti edited by journalist – turned – theatre personality cum Wild Life photographer and documentary Filmmaker, Mr Swagat Thorat would be available every first and third monday of the month. Speaking about the periodical, Ms.Ambani said it will be distributed for free through 320 institutions nationally and will have a readership of 20,000 people.
Four years back, Swagat Thorat launched Swapnasparsha (knowledge by touch) , a marathi braille bi-monthly periodical which now has around 400 subscribers and more than 24,000 readership. The periodical features contributions from many leading marathi journalist who contribute for free and also supported by many well-wishers. The printing cost of a braille newspaper is huge since it is done on a special thick paper.
With the experience and passion of Swagat Thorat and funded and backed by Reliance Foundation, Reliance Drishti aims to benefit a larger section of visually challenged across India who would love to get updated of the contemporary news and information. Reliance Drishti will cover wide ranging topics including current affairs, politics, social issues, foreign affairs, business, science & technology, arts, culture & literature, health, recipes, fables.