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Role of Media in a democratic society can hardly be overemphasized. It should endeavour to uphold our great cultural heritage and moral values : Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar:8/8/22: The role of Media in a democratic society can hardly be overemphasized. It should endeavour to uphold our great cultural heritage and moral values and promote national integration and communal harmony, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while attending the ‘Amruta Utsav’, 75th-anniversary function, of Odia daily ‘The Prajatantra’ at Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.

“Media should discharge its duty without any fear or favor. Media runs on the basis of people’s trust. It is therefore expected that media should prioritise the real issues of people rather than politics. Media essentially should be the voice of people,” said Patnaik.

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“India is led by a strong democratic value system. Our country stands tall on this foundational principle. Our democratic values have helped us to steer successfully through all the trials and tribulations in the course of these 75 glorious years. Media being the voice of the people must reflect our democratic value system and take a neutral stand in every aspect of society. Whether it is print or electronic or social media, it is the duty of every media house to maintain dignity and keep the secular principles in mind,” he added.

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Asserting that truth and non-violence are the cardinal principles that guided our freedom struggle, the Chief Minister asked all to pledge in the 75th year of Independence to preserve and strengthen these values in every sphere of society. Finally, he extended his best wishes to ‘The Prajatantra’ and said that let truth always prevail.

Union Ministers Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan and eminent Odia writer Padma Bhushan Pratibha Ray also graced the occasion.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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