On Thursday afternoon, during a book-release function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee hailed the role of the media in upholding an individual’s freedom.
The President said that he salutes the media as it has “never compromised with the right of individuals to speak as per their conviction”, even though the degree of fight may have differed.
The President said this while releasing the book ‘The Eighth Ring’, an autobiography of late KM Mathew, the Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama group of newspapers.
President Mukherjee said the media, including newspapers and periodicals, have made immense contribution since the times of pre-Independence.
“However, technology will pose a problem. But I do feel that the Indian journalists and editors have the capacity to adjust and will adjust…I am confident that the media will succeed in meeting the challenge posed by the technology. You may like it or not but it is going to be there,” he said while tracing the growth of media in the country over the centuries.
He went on to say that the media was best in the private hands and even the die-hard socialists would not want it to be under the government.
At the event, the English version of KM Mathew’s autobiography was released, whose Malayalam version, released in 2008 was a best-seller.
The function was attended by a host of dignitaries from various walks of life.
Constitutional jurist and senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who was also present at the event to pay tribute to KM Mathew, expressed happiness that there were still people around who read books despite the explosion of television and internet.
The President too spoke about the internet saying that the old fashioned may feel threatened by the expansion of technology, but there is no denying the fact that internet has converted the world into a small village.
(With inputs from PTI)