New Delhi, 9 February 2020: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, while speaking at the 'Prerna Vimarsh 2020' organised by Prerna Jansanchar & Shodh Sansathan and Gautam Buddha University at Greater Noida today, observed that the roots of democracy have been strong in India since ancient times and not even the British or Mughal rule were able to diminish the republican, democratic character of Indian society. Remarking that India's culture, civilization and spiritual knowledge is very old, Shri Birla said that people around the world come to this 'devbhoomi' to learn about the human values and brotherhood.
Recalling that during India's freedom struggle, different writers, columnists and freedom fighters had effectively used media in inspiring the people, Shri Birla said that the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi's Young India, Tilak' s Kesari, Gokhale's Swaraj and Veer Sawarkar's Gadar had been very important in this direction. He said that as the nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, his message of truth and non- violence provides a new direction to the world.
Underlining the fact that in a democracy, media plays a vital role in dissemination of information to the people , Shri Birla said that for a healthy democracy, it is necessary that media is independent and accountable in its functioning. He further said that in the present times when there has been an expansion in the means of media communication and social media, it is also necessary that the society remains more vigilant to ensure that they are used in a constructive way to provide a new direction to youth and energise them to work towards building of a New India'.
Shri Birla expressed the hope that the discussions, debates and dialogue held during the three day function would prove to be very beneficial to the young students pursuing journalism and help them to contribute more purposively to the society. Shri Birla called upon the students to study the new forms of media extensively and use them in the interest of society and hoped that they would succeed in their efforts.