Bhubaneswar: The work of a journalist is very difficult and it takes a lot of courage and conviction to pen stories, Gandhi Peace Foundation chairman Kumar Prashant said today.
Speaking on the inaugural ceremony of the Digital Library of leading Odia daily Pragativadi, Prashant said journalism is a tough job, but added that Pradyumna Bal, the founder of Pragativadi, would have taken a lot of pain to manage the newspaper. He was happy that the leading Odia daily has earned the confidence of people over the years.
Prashant hoped that Pragativadi will stay at the forefront of the struggle in the future.
The Gandhian leader recalled his association with the profession of journalism and said the past memories revive when he visits any newspaper office.
Prashant said Gandhiji was connected with journalism as this was necessary for him to carry on his struggle. Gandhiji brought out a newspaper in South Africa when he took up his campaign on different fronts. He was editing four newspapers in as many provinces in India to boost his campaign.
Chairman (Odisha region), Gandhi Peace Foundation, Justice Manoranjan Mohanty said Gandhiji was confronted with the power of truth and non-violence during Champaran farmers agitation. He won and embraced both, Justice Mohanty added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson of Pragativadi, Smt. Saswati Bal said: “We all know that Gandhiji was the worshipper of truth and non-violence”. She hoped that Kumar Prashant will throw light on lesser-known fact associated with Gandhiji. Bal exhorted that the principles and ideal of Gandhiji should be reflected in the newspaper.
Executive Editor of Pragativadi, Birupakshya Tripathy introduced the guests to the audience. Siba Prasad Biswal, Publisher, Pragativadi Publications Pvt Ltd, delivered the vote of thanks. Biswajit Ray, Mihir Pratap Das and Maheswar Ojha were among those who were present on the occasion.
The guests had recited Pragativadi Gandhi Tarak Mantra and a memento was also presented to them. All the staff of Pragativadi were present on the occasion.