Cuttack: Media promote national integration and communal harmony to uphold our great cultural heritage and moral values, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said.
Speaking at the 75th foundation day of Odia daily Prajatantra, Patnaik said the media should discharge its duty without any fear or favor.
He said since Media runs on the basis of people’s trust it is therefore expected that the media should prioritize the real issues of people rather than politics.
India, Patnaik said, is led by a strong democratic value system and the country stands tall on this foundational principle.
‘’Our democratic values have helped us to steer successfully through all the trials and tribulations in the course of these 75 glorious years,‘’ he said.
The Chief Minister said the media being the voice of the people must reflect the democratic value system and take a neutral stand in every aspect of society.
“ Whether it is print or electronic or social media, it is the duty of every media house to maintain dignity and keep the secular principles in mind,” he remarked
Stating that Truth and non-violence are the cardinal principles that guided our freedom struggle, Patnaik called upon all to pledge together to preserve and strengthen these values in every sphere of society in the 75th year of Independence.
He said the whole country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of the 75th year of Independence.
Tomorrow is August Kanti Divas, a red letter in the history of India, the Chief Minister said and paid his homage to all freedom fighters.