BISWANATH CHARIALI: To commemorate the achievements and works of eminent educationist, writer, scribe and the founder president of the All Assam Journalists’ Union (AAJU), late Suresh Chandra Borthakur, a memorial lecture was organized on Friday at the auditorium of Gohpur Municipality under the initiative of Gohpur Sub-Divisional Journalists Union. The lecture on “Journalism then and now: Challenges, Changes and Possibilities” was presided over by Pankaj Kumar Nath, president of All Assam Journalists’ Union. Hrishikesh Goswami, former press advisor to former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, eminent thinker, columnist and secretary of Assam Shishu Sahitya Trust, was the distinguished speaker.
Speaking on the occasion, Hrishikesh Goswami said that journalists are the eyes, ears, conscience and voice of a society. It is the responsibility of journalists to make the society disciplined by raising their voice against injustice, corruption and irregularities. Journalists who are always responsible for acting like awake watchmen must be determined to continue to serve the news diligently in order to keep the society aware and vigilant by exercising democratic freedom.
Speaking at the event compered by Pallav Borah, president of Gohpur District Journalists’ Union, Goswami significantly said that it will have a positive impact on the formation of a healthy society only if journalists can keep the true values alive. Hrishikesh Goswami further said that if journalists are not responsible and aware, the society is sure to reject such journalists. To be a dedicated journalist, one has to make a lot of sacrifices, he added.
Inaugurating the lecture, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Sub-Divisional Magistrate in-charge of Gohpur sub-division Lukumani Borah said that journalists have to move forward with honest courage in providing proper momentum to the society. Calling for special emphasis on data collection to become a successful journalist, she urged the new generation of journalists to focus on studying every subject. Borah also highlighted the relationship between the administration and the media in building a society.
Earlier, Lily Borthakur, wife of Suresh Chandra Borthakur and a retired teacher, lit an earthen lamp in front of the portrait of late husband Suresh Chandra Borthakur.
Biplab Neog, general secretary of the Gohpur District Journalists’ Union, explained the objectives of the programme while the proceedings were conducted by the conveners of the memorial lecture Bhuban Saikia and Bhaskar Jyoti Bhuyan.
On the occasion, Revenue Circle Officer, Gohpur Manish Bharali, Principal of Chaiduar College Dr Kishore Singh Rajput and others were present.