It is said that the health of a democracy is defined by the freedom of expression and thought experienced by its people. India boasts not only of being the world’s largest but also the most vocal democracy. According to the latest count, there are nearly 74,000 newspapers registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI). The state encouraging the most diversity of views is Uttar Pradesh with a record number of 11,789 registered newspapers followed by Delhi with 10,666 and Maharashtra with 9,127 registered publications. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting now plans to focus on the Northeast by relaxing norms for empanelling newspapers published in the seven Northeastern states.
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