Silchar, June 8: Gati Dainik, a vernacular daily to be published from Barak Valley, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the gracious presence of Finance, Health and Family Welfare and PWD Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, on Friday at around 5.30 pm in the auditorium hall of Banga Bhawan in Silchar. Addressing an august assembly, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Newspapers have a vital role to play in building a congenial atmosphere in the society. Being the fourth pillar of democracy, it has immense power and tremendous authority in its bearing. I am hopeful that Gati Dainik will take the world of journalism by storm by resorting to truthful and honest reporting.”
“I aspire to work for the all round development of both Barak and Brahmaputra Valley. Likewise, I hope that the newspaper will play a positive role and also exude and emanate positivity. I want people to be socially secure and economically stable. 45,000 youths have the provided jobs. I feel I am responsible to the people and the society. This government will never discriminate. Assam needs a corruption free government and BJP stresses on the need of good governance,” the Chief Minister added to say. Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, in his brilliant oration, laid emphasis on ‘Indianization’ of media, newspapers, textbooks, syllabi and education.
“It is unfortunate that in the ambience of Western intellectualism, Indian education, its system of values and traditions have lost its momentum. But we have to keep in mind that Hindus have a long tradition and history. Bangladesh and Pakistan have already declared themselves as Islamic nations. India cannot declare thus. Countries where Hindus are at the helm of affairs cannot be but secular. Hindus are caring, humane, non violent and philanthropists. Their ideals, principles and philosophies are not based on hatred and violence. None asks how many Muslims have come here in Assam; all are busy about counting the number of Hindus only,” said Dr Sarma.
Dr Sarma urged that politics should not be based on religion, hatred and violence. “There is no place for parochial nationalism here. Our politics should not be like that of the Lefts. They base their philosophy on hatred, abhorrence and violence. Hinduism teaches us good and noble things. It teaches us how to respect each and every religion and their sacred epics. Like our Chief Minister, I am also hopeful that Gati Dainik will be able to create a positive environment in the society,” Dr Sarma added to say. Kamalendu Bhattacharjee, editor of the paper, former Rajya Sabha MP urged all present not to worry about NRC draft list. “As long as our CM is with us, nothing can harm us. I am thankful to the Gati Dainik Group for giving me an opportunity to serve the society in a way,” said the former Rajya Sabha MP.