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“Need to show mirror to media”: Sheesh Narain


New Delhi: “Media is not performing its duty and that is why Muslims are at the receiving end. If we don’t protest against the negative news, national integrity will get ruined,” said senior journalist Sheesh Narain Singh delivering the 9th Mahfoozur Rahman Memorial Lecture on “Role of Media in National Integration” which was jointly organised by United Muslim of India and Urdu Development Organisation at Ghalib Academy on 19 December.

Delivering the memorial lecture on the death anniversary of Ram Prasad Bismil and Martyr Ashfaqullah Khan, Sheesh Narain Singh said that media is oblivious of its responsibilities and is destroying the national integration. Referring to the Agra conversion as an “Illusion” created by media, he said that people should raise their voice against biases of media. He further said that people should also accept the challenges they face, then only national integration could be preserved. Honest officers like Hemant Karkare have exposed those who were blaming Muslims of terrorism. He urged people associated with journalism to tell the truth and show mirror to media.

Former head of the department of Urdu, Delhi University Professor Abdul Haq during his presidential address said that The Ramayana also urges national integrity. He appreciated the boldness of the people like Sheesh Narain Singh and said that the character of the justice-lover is to protest against oppression. He accepted that the secular people of the country are highlighting the problems of the oppressed. Professor Abdul Haq further said that it is part of the identity of Muslims to have cordial relations with others and tolerance. (Jawed Akhter)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2015 on page no. 13

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