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Creating Future Media Leaders to Promote the Culture of Peace in the World | Valedictory

Creating Future Media Leaders to Promote the Culture of Peace in the World | Valedictory

Thursday, 24 Sept 2020 (5.30 pm to 7.00 pm)

Prof Dr R Chitnis - The learned speaker stated that he was very happy with the handling of the conference and that he wishes that the many noted individuals who spoke on a variety of important subjects have a positive impact on those who viewed this. He further stated his belief that through such interactions he envisions a future where the enabled youth make peace for mankind a reality.

Prof N T Rao - The learned speaker was very happy with the conference and then he spoke at length of the pursuit for global peace and harmony and its relation to MIT World Peace University. He spoke of how this university does a lot for peaceful dialogue and harmony and how he sees the entire world as one unit. He backs this with the explanation of how a large event such as this was coordinated by a lot of individuals.

Tathagat Roy - The learned speaker started by stating the importance of the conference that had taken place. He then spoke about how the media is now very jingoistic and the media is not behaving in a neutral fashion. On the other side of the spectrum are totalitarian states that have no media to speak of which is free. However, it falls to the media in democratic countries to be restrained and neutral and not act inflammatory. He quoted several examples to forward his point that it is very difficult to maintain objectivity when the media is not allowing it. He then spoke about Pakistan as a case study of his thoughts.

Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad - The learned speaker started by stating that he is very pleased with the conference so far. He then spoke about his vision for peace and why it is so important in today’s context. He then muses on how much of the tragedy we find ourselves in as humanity is created by us. He muses whether it is human error that gave rise to the Covid Pandemic and to the sectarian violence plaguing the world today. He finds great solace in the statement that only the confluence of religion and science can offer humanity all that it desires by letting it reach its potential. He then quoted other examples from India’s heritage as well as the West that support his pursuit of merging religion with science.

Mr Gurumurthy - The learned speaker started by thanking the guests as well as the organizers of this prestigious event. He then spoke about the diversity of India, but states despite that we are yet not as empowered as we can be. He also rues that despite such size and resources we are as of yet unable to utilize them efficiently or optimally. He quotes multiple times from the Mahabharata to emphasize his point and to ensure that we realize that most knowledge can be gleaned from that treatise. He wishes for this westernization to be replaced with a keen study of our own heritage.

Lt Gen Arvinder Singh - The learned speaker started by thanking Mr Rahul Karad and Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad and this endeavour of theirs. He then spoke about how important the media is as a force to disseminate the knowledge that the government possesses. He states that the media can be equally constructive or destructive with how it portrays the stories. He spoke of how the media started gaining importance during the second world war with a lot of frontline reports, war correspondents and round the clock coverage. He believes that the atomic weapon was about as destructive as the media weapon was. He then spoke of how the media refined its methodology in the Vietnam war. He states that the real situation and that what is conveyed will also have a shift between them. Nonetheless there is tremendous potential that the media has to take information across to individuals. He quoted many examples throughout history to forward his point. The future of journalism is about constructive perspectives and taking that forward.

Rajiv Malhotra - The learned speaker started by stating that he is an All Indian and has a grasp of the grassroot issues of India. He also brings about an outsider’s perspective due to his excessive travels. He then states that it is very important for the media to take itself seriously and he extols people to get out of their comfort zone and reach out to individuals who do not necessarily share their views. He also spoke of how journalism must develop further depth. He then expounded on the failures of Indian media which he finds a little immature and too theatrical. He then says that no use taking the easy way out, rather the media should be in depth, concise and precise.

Ashutosh - The learned speaker started by stating that he is glad to see that important issues are being given time through such conferences. He then spoke about the dismal state of the media in India. This is because in the midst of a pandemic, unemployment and GDP shrinkage the public is still caring about the murder of Sushant Singh Rajout an actor of renown. He believes that the blame lies with the journalists and media who deliberately float stories which are entertaining or on the behest of a political party. These are the factors which ensure that the important issues plaguing the country are ignored. He extolled the next generation to bring journalism back to its ethical pinnacle, only under which the media will be held accountable.

Punya Prasun Bajpai - The learned speaker started by stating that the media is the authority by which a democracy is being controlled. He laments the fact that even the media will have to fight to survive. He sadly states that the media has just become an extension of the political will of a select group of people who abuse the power of the media for their own achievements. He states that it is the responsibility of this generation to ensure that the ethics within the media are reinstated. And he asserts that journalism and bureaucracy also must join the act of activism.

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