GUWAHATI, Jan 12 - Today, there is an urgent need for a regulatory body over broadcasting and social media to maintain social and communal harmony in the country.
This observation was made by Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune Prasanta Jyoti Baruah while speaking at a conference ‘Role of Media in Establishing World Peace’ on the occasion of ‘Maharishi Age of Enlightenment Day’ organised by Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Silpukhuri in the school premises today.
“In conventional media we always go through some certain processes before publishing a news item. But in social media there is lack of such a process,” Baruah said.
Emphasising the role of media in preventing conflict in society, Baruah said self-restriction and control among media professionals is of paramount importance as they are accountable to society.
Addressing the gathering, Editor of Dainik Purvoday Ravi Shankar Ravi said organised media can go a long way in maintaining peace and harmony in society. He added that media should restrain themselves from publishing news which encourages violence in society.
Editor of Amar Asom newspaper Prasanta Rajguru said conflict is the main reason behind social unrest. Various factors like xenophobia, equitable distribution of wealth and structural discrimination are the main factors that contribute to violence in society.
The programme was chaired by Principal of the school Manika Goswami who in her speech opined that the speciality of schools like Maharishi Vidya Mandir is that they imbibe ethics and values in students. Endowed with the Indian Vedic eternal life supporting knowledge, the students can enthuse themselves, their families as well as their society with new motivation, energy and aspirations, she added.
Goswami also read out the message of chairman of the Maharishi Schools Group, Brahmachari Dr Girish Chandra Verma. A colourful cultural programme was also held on the occasion where the students of the school showcased their talents in songs, dances and instrumental music.