Renowned TV journalist Ravish Kumar was conferred with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award on Sunday.
The NDTV journalist was awarded an award plaque along with a cash amount of Rs one lakh, for his contributions to the journalism in India.
Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar himself handed over the prestigious award named after him in the event organised by the Gandhi Peace Foundation at the India International Centre.
Bestowing the award to Kumar, Nayar said he is getting the award at a time when Yogi Adityanath has taken the charges of UP, the most populous state in India.
In his speech after receiving the award, Ravish said media in India have a love and loyalty to one particular political agenda.
He said Journalism is spreading communalism in India and it is thirsty for blood.
“It will make the nation bleed one day. It may not appear to be very successful in promoting its agenda today, but we cannot ignore its efforts. Thus arises the need for us to deliberate upon this with anyone and everyone we come across,” he said.
He also said that newspapers and television channels have become branches of political parties and anchors wield more power in political parties than the general secretaries of these parties.
“Until one fights these new political formations, alternative political ideas cannot take shape. They have also managed to hegemonise the minds of people in such a manner that many now ask me why I question things,” said Ravish.
Those who throw ink are being appointed spokespersons and those who write with ink are only indulging in propaganda. Contemporary journalism is the contemporary propagandaRavish Kumar
He also added that the legacy of the journalists who are making efforts to safeguard possibilities will empower others in the future.
Whenever these journalists – tired of sycophancy or humbled by betrayal – wake up from their slumber, it is these cherished hopes and possibilities that will save them. That is why I insist that we cherish our hopes and possibilities. Refrain from seeing these times through a prism of hope or failure. We are on a railway-track where the giant engine is just before us and there is no way to run away or save ourselves. Neither hope nor failure is an option. It is time to throw yourself into work. We are running short of time and its pace is very fastRavish Kumar
Here watch his full speech: