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CITY

Interactive session with noted columnist held
Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – An informal interactive session titled ‘Media, Conflict and Citizens’ with noted media critic and columnist Sevanti Ninan was held at the B Borooah College on Wednesday. Ninan writes the column Media Matters in The Hindu and she also edits the media watchdog portal www.thehoot.org.

The session was attended by people from all walks of life. The idea of the session was to create a public space, the idea of public good which was so underdeveloped in the country. It was chaired by Dr Dinesh Baishya, principal of the college and moderated by journalist and columnist Indrani Raimedhi. The introductory remarks were made by journalist Teresa Rehman and the session was concluded by Nava Thakuria, secretary of the Guwahati Press Club. Abhigyan Prasad, a lecturer of the college presented Ninan with a set of books.

The participants discussed how media worked in a conflict situation and how it affected the common people. The first lady mountaineer from the North-east, Nasim Akhter spoke how she always got support of the local media. National award winning scriptwriter Ranjit Sarma delved into the role of the citizens to analyse the role of the media and how it covers conflict. The issue of common citizens as consumers of the media was expressed by Manabendra Sarma, a lecturer of the B Borooah College. Activist Keteki Bordoloi delved into the role of civil society and the media. The session was attended by other eminent citizens like Shakeel Jamal, lecturer of Handique Girls College, engineers Tapas Choudhury, Komruz Zaman Ahmed and Arif Robbani, among others. The students of the college too actively participated in the session.