Addressing a gathering of journalists and prominent businessmen recently, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar said, “Narad Muni was the first journalist, on whom even god would rely!” Kumar was speaking at the annual Devrishi Narad Jayanti Patrakar Samman Samaroh organised by Vishwa Samvaad Kendra at Dr Hedgewar Blood Bank, Nagpur.
Speaking about the function, Kumar, who was a special guest, added, “As per ancient scriptures, whenever Gods and Goddesses would want to know something, they would ask Devrishi Narad Muni about it. The devrishi would provide them with precise and unbiased information. Narad Muni was a very good information disseminator. We organise these awards annually to recognize such journalists who disseminate proper and unbiased information.”
Dr Siddharth Vinayak Kane (Vice Chancellor, RTMNU), was also present the the function as the chief guest. Speaking about his observations and making an appeal to the journalists present, Dr Kane said, “I read a study, which states that 80% of the readers just read headlines; only 20% readers actually read the complete stories in newspapers. If this study is true, I would request journalists to avoid giving misleading headlines. Moreover, if headlines are positive in nature, it would bring about a positivity in the minds of people.”
The journalists, who were awarded at the function included: Avinash Mahalaxme from Maharashtra Times, Praveen Mudholkar from IBN Lokmat and Nandu Andhare from The Hitavada. Mudholkar, while addressing the people echoed the sentiments of the other two journalists when he said, “It’s possible that our work got recognized because we are regularly in touch with RSS functionaries. There are other senior journalists in the audience who have done a lot of good work as well.” Responding to Mudholkar, Kumar said, “We have not felicitated these journalists because they are in regular touch with us. We keep a tab on the work done by all journalists. Journalists who do good work with regards to providing right information to the readers will always be felicitated by us.”