Bhubaneswar, Sept 5:
On the auspicious occasion of Guru Divas, Odisha’s leading Odia fortnightly news and feature magazine ‘Ama Samayara Pratinidhi’ celebrated its first anniversary in grand style here today.
Union minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, who was the chief guest on the occasion said intellectual debate on various important issues help the growth and development of any society and the role of media is vital in this context.
Citing the example of Santh Bhima Bhoi, he said the culture and tradition of Odisha has its own identity. He hope ‘Pratinidhi’ would live upto and uphold the hallowed Odia traditions.
Odisha minister for Health & Family Welfare and Information & Public Relations Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, praised the effort behind ‘Pratinidhi’ and it’s chief editor Sarat Misra and said quality news and features that appear in magazines like Pratinidhi would help the policy makers.
Speaking on the occasion chief speaker and eminent journalist Swapan Dasgupta said only news that matches people’s perceptions of the realities around them will get acceptability.
In spite of the presence of international and national media, there is still a huge scope and opportunities for the local or regional language media in India, he added.
The local idioms, culture, tradition and issues of the local population get reflected in the regional media and attract its attention, the veteran journalist pointed out.
Dasgupta said it is alarming that with the increase in the literacy rate, the reading habit of the public is decreasing.
He said he expected ‘Pratinidhi’ and other regional language media to ensure the unique culture and traditions of their respective states are reflected in their content.
The chief editor of Pratinidhi Sarat Misra narrated Pratinidhi’s journey amidst challenges- starting from the days of its conceptualization to the completion of one year of its existence. He said there was an urgent need of an Odia journal of national standard specifically for the youth and people of Odisha at large and that quest resulted in the publication of ‘Pratinidhi.’
The online edition of ‘Pratinidhi’ was activated by the Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on this occasion.
The inaugural was followed by two sessions of panel discussions on ‘Freedom of Press- influences on media and its impact’ and ‘Freedom of Press – independence vs sustainability’ .
Eminent journalist Swapan Dasgupta played the moderator for the first panel which comprised Dillip Bisoi, Odisha head, Financial Express, Prafulla Das, special correspondent, The Hindu and Satya Prakash Nayak, resident editor Zee-Kalinga TV.
In the second session, editor of ‘The Nirbhaya’ Navin Das played the moderator in which resident editor ‘The Business Standard’ Dilip Satpathy editor ‘Prameya News 7’ Ardhendu Das and senior journalist Sampad Mahapatra took part in the deliberations.