Gangtok, 07 Aug:
Gangtok Round table 301, a non-governmental organisation and a part of Round Table India organised a felicitation ceremony ‘Titans of Media’ honouring five media persons at Hotel Yangthang heritage in the capital today.
The program was conducted in association with the Press Club of Sikkim and had Governor Shriniwas Patil as the chief guest.
Five media persons who were felicitated during the event are Ajay Agarwal, Nita Nirash, Suman Gajmer, Bijoy Gurung and Prabal Rai.
These media persons belong to the categories of digital media, print, electronic and radio.
Governor Patil while addressing the gathering highlighted the role of media as the fourth pillar of democracy.
He said that in India, media has played the prime role in shaping public opinion as the principal tool for transfer of information.
Praising the media in the state and in the country he said that the media has gone beyond the traditional role of delivering information to being the agent of larger good for the masses.
The Governor while stressing the multi-cultural and cosmopolitan nature of today's society said that media should be unbiased and factual.
He also cautioned the press and the media fraternity over fake news.
"As custodian of democratic rights media should redefine changing dynamics of today's world," said the Governor.
Chairperson, Gangtok Round table 301,Dhiraj Goliyan while delivering his welcome address saluted the spirit of Sikkim for being a just and good society.
He also highlighted the instrumental role the media has played in Sikkim to promote a good, healthy and just society.
Focussing on the importance of education and service to others as one of the prime motives of their organisation, he said that their organisation looks forward to more years of service in Sikkim particularly in education
"Future lies in class room education. It's more powerful than weapons," he said.
President, Press Club of Sikkim,Joseph Lepcha, while delivering the vote of thanks praised the Governor for bringing the Raj Bhawan closer to the people and becoming "a people's Governor" and thanked him for coming to the event.
He also thanked the organisers for conceptualising such an event to honour media persons in different categories.
He added that such honour encourages journalists and mediapersons to strive hard and take their role of being watchdogs of the society seriously.
The Gangtok Round table has contributed to raising awareness and also building educational infrastructure in many schools in the state.