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Journalists must fight against fake narrative for the nation’s interest

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Guwahati. The first & foremost principle of journalism should be the commitment to protect and serve the interest of motherland. Along with the journalists, every citizen should come forward to play its role with responsibilities for the sake of the nation, said Ashok Srivastava, while delivering the keynote address of the annual Devarshi Narad Jayanti program at Sudarshanalaya in the city on Sunday. The outspoken journalist also added that the increase in the number of Lok Sabha seats for the opposition parties in the recently concluded general elections has virtually saved the Election Commission and EVMs.

Denouncing the pre-poll narrative of the opposition parties that if the ruling entities come to power again, Bharat will slip in to the hands of authoritarians. The country came under such dictatorship during the days of Indira Gandhi for a brief period, but she was thrown away from power by the electorates later. For any reason, the people of Bharat will not allow a dictator, asserted the journalist.

However, he expressed serious concern over some recent developments, where some fanatics killed a goat by hanging the photograph of a defeated candidate in Tamil Nadu, the ruling political workers openly threatened those people who did not vote for their candidates in West Bengal, and a lady security person physically assaulted a newly elected Parliamentarian in Chandigarh in the name of protecting democracy.

Srivastava was very clear in his views that in contrast to the widely spread news that 700 people were killed during the farmers’ protest in Punjab and Haryana, none actually died of government atrocities. Some protesting farmers died at their residences because of other reasons, stated the television journalist.

Organised by Visw Samvad Kendra Assam to redefine the relevance of world’s first media person Devarshi Narad, the function also witnessed awarding of four city-based journalists. This year’s Narad Jayanti award was conferred on Assam Tribune’s executive editor Prashanta Jyoti Baruah, Diganta Goswami (Dainik Agradoot), Padmini Hazarika (Asomiya Pratidin) and Raju Barua (ND24) were felicitated. The function was attended by dignitaries.


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