Newspapers have a big role to play in encouraging debate, said the president
GN Bureau | January 20, 2017
There is no scope for intolerance, said president Pranab Mukherjee who added that there must be debate, dissent and decision without which parliamentary democracy will not be strong.
Addressing the 35th anniversary celebrations of Aajkaal daily on Thursday in Kolkata, the president said difference of opinion is essential in a democracy.
He said that newspapers have a big role to play in encouraging debate and cautioning society from deviations and mistakes.
He referred to cartoons of P.K.S. Kutty, published in Aajkaal, in which he was caricatured and said he enjoyed seeing those cartoons. Pointing out that cartoons represent important social commentary, the president cited the example of how the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru would tell the doyen of Indian cartoonists, "Don't spare me, Shankar".
He said Nehru's example of tolerance to criticism and satire should be preserved and strengthened in the modern day.
In its bid to create an oil major to match the performance of global and domestic oil and gas players, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) board has approved the acquisition of entire 51.11 percent shareholding of the government in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) with a total acqu
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar recently laid the foundation stone of the Rs 120 crore- MCMV (mine counters measure vessels) Command, Control & Design Office at Goa Shipyard Ltd, Vasco in Goa. The defence ministry has entrusted the GSL for series construction of sophisticated and hig
A high level Sri Lankan defence delegation headed by secretary of defence, Kapila Waidyaratane PC recently visited Goa Shipyard Ltd. The delegation held discussions with GSL CMD, Rear Admiral (retired) Shekhar Mital. The defence delegation was shown the ongoing shipbuilding activities includ
Are our authorities callous when it comes to ensuring safety of people?
Our constitution promises equality of status and opportunity to all citizens but statistical data suggests that inequalities in wealth and income have increased since independence and are now on an uncontrolled upward spiral. Recently, Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel in their aptly titled s
NTPC has sought the help of Madhya Pradesh government for the safety of Gadarwara power project site and the workers who have stopped the work on the site since December 22. It has appealed to the local people to support the project of national importance. Half of the electricity generated