UDALGURI: Journalist should fight for their due rights.Media as a fourth pillar if democracy has a great role to play in a democratic nation like India. The journalists highlight the problems of common people but the plight of journalists remains unaddressed.This was observed by Paneri MLA,Kamali Basumatari while addressing the working journalists at a special felicitation programme here at Presidency Junior College in Tangla of Udalguri district on Sunday. The four times legislator further stated that the common people have a wrong notion that journalists are privileged class but in ground reality they face lots of hurdles from getting due wages to criticism by section of people. "I am always open to suggestions of the public amd media.The positive criticism by media encourages me to work better. I have always fought for women and child rights and media have helped me highlight them." She added.Speaking on the ocassion journalist Gunajit Das said," Media though considered four pillars of democracy has not been duly recognized and the journalist given due recognition. He lamented the fact that the Majithia Wage Board suggestions regarding wages to journalists have been largely ignored by many media houses.The event organized by Udalguri district committee Assam Press Correspondents Union(APCU) in collaboration of Tangla Press Club feted 18 journalists of Udalguri district who been received accredition cards by the State Information and Public Relations (IPR). The event also awarded four journalists with Young Media Persons Award namely Bapan Sarma,Diganta Kumar Sarma,Bhuban Thapoliya and Gunajit Das. The programme was attended by Udalguri AKRSU,President, Hemanta Bora Koch; senior journalists Imran Hussain,Naba Kumar Deka; noted citizen,Likhan Das,Principal of Presidency Junior College,Mohan Das. The event also witnessed the felicitation of a number of local newspaper hawkers.
Journalist Anuradha Sengupta recently interviewed Human Rights Activist Irom Sharmila who ended her almost sixteen-year-long fast in August. In the candid conversation, Irom talked about her struggles and acknowledged the fact that since her unique way of protesting for getting the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act repealed from Manipur did not fetch her the desired results, she decided to enter electoral politics. In her first full-length TV interview, Irom also talked about the hardships faced by Manipur residents and her future strategy to achieve what she has been aiming for nearly two decades.
AGARTALA: In a bizarre move, the Left Front in Tripura has withdrawn its candidate fielded for the Charilam constituency by election alleging an orgy of post poll violence two days ahead of the polls. This was more or less of what CPIM leader Gautam Das said in Agaratla on Saturday.
The party urged the Election Commission to defer the by polls in Charilam in view of the post poll violence. But that has not happened. A delegation of Left Front leaders recently met state Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti urging him to further deferre the by poll.
The Left Front alleged that the BJP and its ally the IPFT have indulged in violence in Charilam constituency to antagonize the voters to are exercising their franchise on March 12. According to the party leaders, Palash Debbarma, whom CPI(M) fielded was forced to flee and take shelter outside his constituency for his safety.