Dr. Radhika Mittal is a media sociologist and communication consultant. Her research interests revolve around communication and public perception, particularly narratives related to climate change, risk, sustainable lifestyles, and policy outreach, among other socio-developmental discourses. An Erasmus Mundus and Macquarie University alumna, she is currently a Fellow at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, researching and teaching strategic communication for public policy. All views expressed are the author’s own.
The recent criminal charges levelled against Dr RK Pachauri have provided plenty of fodder for social media. Blogs and websites have joined the fray with comments and posts debunking climate change while highlighting denier claims and scam theories. The uproar is reminiscent of previous instances, where a controversial spin to happenings and statements helped negate and subvert the narrative on climate change.