Saturday, December 18, 2010

Act to bring the change, says Raj Chengappa

From Drop Box
Addressing the afternoon plenary session of the two-days Rotary Conference, DISCON, at Tagore Theatre here today, Mr. Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspaper, commended the Rotarians for responding to the challenges that any section of the society may face instead of waiting for someone else to take action.
He referred to the voyeuristic pleasure that large number of people take in reading and discussing about happenings elsewhere in the world whether it is global warming, environmental concerns, war in Bolivia or elections in Bihar and forget about them the next moment since these do not concern them directly.
The need is to introspect and ask the reason for undertaking a project or a task which is true for both the reader of a newspaper as well as the journalist, he said. Whether we are just fulfilling a curiosity or just contributing to the entertainment need of our listeners or readers or do we have a purpose for undertaking a job as a professional?
Chengappa averred the need for the people to feel concerned about these incidents and happenings occurring in our world, even though elsewhere, and realize the impact these would have on the entire mankind.
Responding to a question from the audience Raj Chengappa said that the onus to accept the stories that are getting more entertainment oriented, lies both on the media as well as the listener or the reader to accept or reject them, though he admitted that media is no different from the society it represents.
Over 800 delegates are participating from different parts of the states of Panjab, Haryana, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh representing 75 clubs that fall in the Rotary District 3080, Madhukar Malhotra, Rotary District Governor informed.

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