Don't dilute the truth: Governor tells media

Community radio station Sarang launched at St Aloysius College


We should not impress our views on the media, but encourage it to work without diluting the truth, said Governor of Karnataka H R Bharadwaj.

Addressing the gathering after officially launching ‘Sarang 107.8 FM,’ the first community radio station in Mangalore at St Aloysius College here on Wednesday, he stated that the media has a unique place in democracy and that if it is polluted, it is like the arteries of one’s body getting polluted.

“Judiciary and media should be independent. If they are controlled, society will suffer. Media should function as a mirror to the society in a democratic set up,” the governor said and added that awareness comes only when the media is alert.

Comparing St Aloysius College to Oxford and Cambridge universities, he stressed the need to nurture the tradition of such institutions. He advised Mangloreans to keep the national fibre stronger and added, “We have so many dangers from outside the country, from people who are jealous of our progress”.

Speaking on the topic of ‘Cyber laws,’ Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said that education is the only thing which can meet the challenges of demographic explosion in the country. “Computers and cyber space are the best instrumentality in the hands of terrorists. However, laws governing cyber crime has no boundaries. If the crime involves any computer located in India, Indian cyber laws can be used to take action on the culprits, whichever nation they work from,” Moily said. He felt the need to amend the law very often that criminals don’t run faster than the law. He advised the student population who deal with computers to update themselves on the cyber laws. “A war can be fought in the cyber space. This is the challenge of the century. So we have to build in safety,” he added.

Home Minister Dr VS Acharya in his talk on the topic ‘Karnataka Vision 2020,’ stated that the State is most preferred in the country when it comes to education. “We have become a fullfledged knowledge state, only that we have to maintain that status,” he added.

Appraising the standings of DK and Udupi districts in various sectors, he said that the districts are well placed in the human development index and can be compared to China. The districts are in the forefront in the education and health care sectors and  noted that it was the public private partnership that helped the districts to achieve this goal.  

Narrating the success story of animal husbandry sector, Dr Acharya said that the undivided DK produces 3 lakh litres of milk everyday as against 500 litres 40 years ago. The minister also felt that the tourism potential of these districts is not exploited well. 

Earlier, the Governor announced the launch of ‘Sarang’ along with the TV studio for the mass communication students of the college. Besides, MLA U T Khader and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Bishop of Mangalore Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Principal of the College Fr Swebert D’Silva, Rector Fr Joseph Rodrigues and others were present on the occasion.

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