'Assam's media has contributed significantly to country's progress'
New Delhi: “Tradition of the Assam media is very rich. It has come a long way since the year 1846. A grand ceremony will be organized by the IIMC in New Delhi to mark the completion of 175 years of the Assam Media.” This idea was given by the Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, who expressed this at a function organized on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of Assam Media in Guwahati. The event was organized by 'Mahabahu' institution and 'Multicultural Educational Development Trust'. Famous educationist Dr. Sunil Pawan Barua, Director of STPI, Prabir Kumar Das, Commissioner of Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Guwahati, Heman Das and Spiritual Guru Dr. Peetabar Dev Goswami were also present on the program.
While expressing his views as the Chief Guest of the program, Prof. Dwivedi said it was an occasion to remember the sacrifices of Assamese literature and journalism veterans who laid the foundation of media in Assam. The publication of 'Orunodoi' started in January 1846 and the Assam media has gone ahead today.
Prof. Dwivedi said that today is the day to remember people like Hemachandra Barua, Radhanath Changkokoti, Kirtinath Sharma, Nilamoni Phukan and Benudhar Sharma who played a key role in establishing the press in Assam before independence. He said that when we are celebrating the completion of 175 years of media in Assam, Hindi journalism of India is going to complete 195 years.
According to Pro. Dwivedi, the role of media has also changed over time. The communication revolution has contributed most to this. Today, the media has played an important role in good governance.
On this occasion, renowned educationist Dr. Sunil Pawan Barua called the publication of 'Orunodoi' a revolution in the Northeast region. He said that 'Orunodoi' was not an ordinary newspaper. It introduced the Northeast region on an international stage and heralded a renaissance in society.
In the program two books were also released titled "History of 175 Years of Media in Assam and Beyond" and "Press in Assam: Origin and Development".