Media Should Have an Unbiased Approach: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - The New Indian Express

Media Should Have an Unbiased Approach: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Published: 22nd January 2014 12:19 PM

Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 12:19 PM

Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel on Tuesday underscored the need for completion of mega projects in a time-bound manner to achieve the desired economic growth.

  Patel, who chaired a session at OTV’s annual convention, Foresight 2014, here said that mega projects are necessary to change the economic landscape. But most of the mega projects are stuck due to environmental clearances, he added.

  Speaking on the occasion, advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation Sam Pitroda said that in the days to come,media is going to be based on new technology, web and new software to reach the common mass. The voices of the vast majority of people in the country are not heard in the media, he said and added that this should change.

“Media is not about one way communication. It has to bring about suitable changes in content and technology to reach out to the masses,” said the former chairman of the National Knowledge Commission.

Addressing the audience, eminent journalist and former MP MJ Akbar dwelt on personalities and ideologies in shaping of Indian politics. Stating that the poor should not be underestimated, Akbar said ‘the poor don’t need charity, they need jobs’.

  Speaking on “Bridging the trust deficit between the disciples and spiritual leaders: Do we need a code of ethics for spiritual gurus?” acclaimed spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar blamed media for covering issues related to people from his fraternity in a biased manner.

“When the Shankaracharya of Kanchi was arrested on murder charge a few years ago, there was 2,500 hours of television coverage, but when he was released, there was no more than 30 minutes of coverage,” he pointed out.

Speaking on “Nota option on EVM and its Impact on Electoral System”, former chief election commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi said there is a need to increase participation in voting. He said compulsory voting would be a disastrous proposition because it would violate right not to vote.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout, former MP Kharavela Swain, BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan, Congress leader Prasad Harichandan, Odia cine stars Anubhav Mohanty and Buddhaditya Mohanty also spoke.

Co-founder and director of OTV Jagi Mangat Panda introduced the guests. BJD MP Baijayant Panda was also present.

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