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Ten years of Chhattisgarh


The Sunday Indian and Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism JOINTLY organised national media seminar in Raipur
Issue Dated: January 9, 2011
Tags : Raipur | Chhattisgarh | Sacchidanand Joshi | VC | KTUJM | Bhojpuri |

The Sunday Indian (Hindi), in collaboration with Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and Mass Communication (KTUJM), organised a national media seminar at Hotel Golden Tulip in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on December 12. It was innaugurated by Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh. The occassion marked the completion of ten years of the formation of Chhattisgarh. Hence the topic was: "Ten years of Chhattisgarh: Development, Possibilities and Challenges". Also, Raman Singh government completed its second year of the second term on this very day.
Speaking on the occassion, Dr Raman Singh praised the seminar and congratulated Prof. Arindham Chaudhury, the Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Indian, for successfully organising the seminar on a meaningful topic. He hoped TSI would set up new standards in journalism in all the 14 languages it is published in. The CM said that when the new state was formed, many poeple were sceptical about its success as it was too small, but the last ten years had proved that the success has little to do with size and more with working honestly on the right policies. On the issue of rise in Naxalism in the state, Singh said that the tribals themselves were joining hands against Naxalism. On this occassion, Dr Raman Singh along with PWD and school education minister Brij Mohan Aggarwal and agriculture minister Chandrashekhar Sahu released the book Ratna Chhattis, published by the Planman Media  Group. 
At the begining of the seminar, Sacchidanand Joshi, VC, KTUJM; Onkareshwar Pandey, executive editor, TSI (Hindi & Bhojpuri); Gopal Joshi, consulting editor; and Anil Dwivedi, bureau chief, welcomed the guests. Presiding over the opening ceremony, the Leader of the Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, Ravindra Choubey, negated the government's claim of success and said that the dream which was seen for Chhattisgarh was yet to be realised. He added that a lot was required to be done in the fields of IT, industry and agriculture.
In his opening remarks, senior journalist and managing editor of Channel One, Uday Sinha, said that challenge for the government increases with the rise of expectations of the public. He added that positive development was the one which could decrease the gap between the rich and the poor. Nand Kumar Say, member, Rajya Sabha, expressed concern over the degradation in the national character and said that the businessmen type leaders and money minded media had changed the definition of development.
Initiating the technical session, Jagdish Upasane, executive editor, India Today, expressed his worries regarding vanishing ponds and impressed upon the government to pay special attention to health and education. Senior television journalist Vartika Nanda emphasised on development journalism and expressed her worries on the shrinking bookshops in the cities. Anurag Punetha, anchor and senior journalist with P-7 said a stable government was the basis of development in the state. Ashok Upadhyay, senior journalist with NewsX said that until and unless happiness was not seen on the face of the most desolate, development had no meaning.
In the second session, senior journalists from the state expressed their views. Editor of Jansatta, Anil Vibhakar, said that the mere exhibition of data in the name of development was not proper. Himanshu Dwivedi, editor, Haribhumi, reiterated that the statistics of development were presented as per the convenience of the government whereas the condition of security, health and education was worrisome. Ramesh Nayyar, director, Hindi Granth Academy, brought forward the future challenges against development. Resident editor of Nai Dunia, Ravi Bhoi, said that problems of alcoholism, unemployment, human sacrifices, migration and pollution had diluted the picture of development.
Moderating the welcome session, Onkareshwar Pandey said that people had rejected the path of violence in India. He cited the examples of Mizoram, Punjab and the latest massive turnout of voters in the Naxal-affected areas of Bihar. He advocated to redefine the word development for India because merely providing rice and roti cannot be called development. He pressed that instead of forming policies for 2020, the government should set the goal for 2050. Dr Shahid Ali, a reader at KTUJM, moderated the technical session of the seminar. Among the distinguished guests present in the seminar were Prof. S.K.Pandey, VC, Ravi Shankar Shukla University; Dr Arun Dabke, VC, Medical University; Padma Shri Mahadev Prasad Pandey; C.K. Khaitan, IAS; Vishwaranjan, DG of Police; Swaraj Das, director, PR Division, Dr Sushil Trivedi, State Election Commissioner; Shekhar Sen, theatre personality; Anuj Sharma, Chollywood actor; Surendra Jain, entrepreneur; Shashank Sharma, editor, Deshbandhu; Ramesh Varlyani, chief spokesperson, Chattisgrah Congress; Dr. Vimal Pathak, literary figure; and Rasik Parmar, media incharge of BJP. Etv and My FM were the media partners in the seminar. State's  public relations department also supported the programme actively.

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