Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the media, the Fourth Estate to act as a beacon of uprightness and objectivity.
Addressing the Centenary Celebrations of the veteran journalist of yesteryears, Sri Gora Shastri in Hyderabad today, Vice President Naidu advised media to find their expression through a dispassionate discourse.
Expressing concern over the demising values in Journalism, the Vice President said that the present scenario of fusing news with an opinion was making it challenging for people to glean news from views and arrive at a considered opinion or conclusion. ‘The real picture gets blurred behind a smokescreen of half-truths and obfuscations,’ he added.
Observing that India could not afford to breach the standards of ethical and independent journalism, the Vice President asked the present media to look up to stalwarts like Sri Gora Shastri, who was a blend of commitment and forthrightness, modernity, and tradition.
Saying that Gora Shashtri’s vision was deeply imbued with the spirit of nationalism, Vice President Naidu said his unwavering adherence to independent journalistic standards set him apart from the common run of journalism.
Recalling few instances of Gora Shastri’s independence and fearless journalism, Vice President Naidu said that Shastri was unflinching in his criticism of some of his close friends in public life, including Chief Ministers in his writings in both Telugu and English.