Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called upon the media fraternity to do serious introspection and curb any unhealthy trend that affects its credibility.
Speaking at the 50th-anniversary celebrations of Tughlak, a Tamil magazine, founded by the late Cho Ramaswamy, Vice President Naidu expressed his concern over the unhealthy trend of mixing news and views. He said that slanting stories and providing disproportionate coverage to certain issues in line with the management’s thinking has become the norm these days.
The Vice President said that instead of giving complete information in an unadulterated manner, a section of the media was deciding what the viewer should watch or the reader should read. “Such a trend is not good for the fourth estate and Indian democracy in the longer run”, he cautioned.
Vice President Naidu observed that journalism in the past was treated as a mission and many eminent journalists like the late Cho wielded the pen without any fear or favour. He said that they never succumbed to any kind of pressure or allurement, nor had they compromised on their integrity and values. They always remained wedded to the core principles of journalism and maintained high standards of accuracy and objectivity.
Describing Cho Ramaswamy as a multi-faceted genius, the Vice President said that he had left an inedible imprint on the world of journalism, cinema, drama, politics, law and literature.
The Vice President said that Thuglak’s rise to fame was due to Cho’s fiery and fearless journalism that put nation’s interest before anything else. Recalling the resistance put up by him during the Emergency, he said that Cho always believed in journalistic freedom and never missed an opportunity to oppose any move to curtail journalistic freedom.
Vice President Naidu observed that Cho’s style of journalism not only took everybody by surprise but also shook many because of his bold, courageous, sharp, satirical and witty writings and reviews.
Stating that Cho’s sharp wit, spontaneous humour and stage presence not only made him a successful drama artist but also a popular comedy actor, he said that his tryst with cinema transcended generations just as his Thuglak magazine did. “His fans belonged to all ages, loving clean and spontaneous humour”, he added.
The Editor in Chief of Thuglak, S. Gurumurthy, Popular actor, Rajinikanth, members of the family of late Shri Cho Ramaswamy and others were present on the occasion.