Journalism has helped in shaping history: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
National and State-level Honours for Excellence in Journalism
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that Journalism has given direction and helped in shaping events through history. We cannot forget the role played by journalists during the French Revolution or India’s freedom movement, he pointed out.
Chouhan said that in the post-Independence period, journalists have contributed immensely in rebuilding the nation and keeping the public informed about their rights. He especially underlined the role of media during Emergency.
Powerful writings have ignited revolutions across the globe Chouhan said while honouring journalists for excellence and outstanding contribution at an impressive function held at his official residence here this evening
During the course of the event, the chief minister intervened to announce that these are not awards being given but journalists are being honoured. Those who pursue journalism as a mssion deserve to be honoured, the chief minister emphasised.
State Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla said in his presidential address that good governance is vital to turn democracy into a boon. He said that positive journalism sustains the spirit of good governance.
Founder of India TV Rajat Sharma said that scenario across India will change if all Chief Ministers demonstrate the same dedication and commitment for development as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Recalling his association with Madhya Pradesh, Editor-in-Chief of India Today Group Shekhar Gupta said that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed unprecedented growth in agriculture and the state is no more a BIMARU (sick) state. He especially congratulated the Chief Minister for the rapid development of the state.
At the outset, the Chief Minister recalled the valuable contribution of Vidya Niwas Mishra, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, Manikchandra Vajpayee and Satya Narayan Shrivastava in whose memory the journalism awards have been instituted by the State Government to honour journalists.
The function concluded with a vote of thanks by Commissioner Public Relations S.K. Mishra.
Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi, State ministers Maya Singh and Lal Singh Arya, MLAs Vishwas Sarang, Rameshwar Sharma, Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and leading personalities from the media attended the function.
Roll of Honour
Vidyaniwas Mishra National Journalism Honour for year 2011 was conferred on Rajnath Singh Surya, Lucknow, Asim Kumar Mitra, Kolkata 2012, Dhirendra Nath Chakravarti, Assam 2013 and Shekhar Gupta, Delhi for 2014.
Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi National Journalism honour was conferred on Kailash Chandra Pant, Bhopal for 2011, Mahesh Shrivastava, Bhopal 2012, Shankar Sharan, Delhi 2013 and Rajat Sharma, Delhi for year 2014.
Manikchandra Vajpayee National Journalism Honour was conferred on Shyam Khosla, Delhi for 2011, Baban Prasad Mishra, Raipur 2012, Rajendra Sharma, Bhopal 2013 and Baldev Bhai Sharma, Delhi for 2014.
Satya Narayan Shrivastava State-level Journalism Honour was conferred on Sashindra Jaldhari, Indore for 2008, Rajesh Sirothiya, Bhopal 2009, Mrigendra Singh, Bhopal 2010, Manish Dixit, Bhopal 2011, Nitendra Sharma, Bhopal 2012, Arun Chouhan, Bhopal 2013 and Atul Tare, Gwalior for year 2014.