05 May 2018

Maintain distance from politicians: Vinod Dua

Bangalore, May 5, 2018: Padmashri Vinod Dua advised young journalists to be wary of their relationship with politicians.

Dua, who has been associated with the Indian media for over four decades, spoke about the nature of the complicated relationship between the two.  “We need them as much as they need us. We need to meet them regularly, get inside information, and break stories,” he said.

But being in close proximity with those in power, often has a flip side.

“Don’t fall into the trap of vicarious power, and become informal advisors to politicians,” said Dua, who was the first electronic media journalist to win the BD Goenka Award for excellence in journalism.

He was speaking at the 18th graduation ceremony of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore.

Dua is currently a contributing editor to online news portal TheWire.in.

He also said responsibility of journalists to become a bridge between the citizens and politicians, so they can be held accountable for their promises, much after the election season as well.

“The governance has a civil contract with the citizenry. We vote for them, pay tax, and put our trust in them. It should be viewed as a civil contract,” he told the young graduates, asking them to be courteous, not reverential to the politicians.

Seeing as we live in the era of the “new normal”, Dua advised journalists to stand up against trolls, raise their voice against fake news.

“In the British era, we used to be slaves. After that we became subjects. We now have to become enlightened citizens,” concluded Dua.

In his address to the graduating batch of 2017, Dean Abraham George asked them to remember that a free press is the voice of the people in a democracy.

At a time when national leaders have not lived up to the challenges facing their countries, the press needs to be strong enough to expose the truth to the public, he said.

Pointing out that prosperity for a few cannot be the yardstick for a nation’s success, he said that it was for the young journalists to inform and bring about positive change by impacting public opinion.

At the Convocation students who excelled in certain areas were given awards.

Roll of Distinction
Outstanding Broadcast Journalism StudentRanjeet Kumar K
Outstanding Multimedia Journalism StudentSromona Bhattacharyya
Outstanding Print Journalism StudentArlene Mathew
​R​oll of honor
Excellence in Covering Science & TechnologyDiyali Banerjee
Excellence in Television News ReportingKaveri Gupta
Excellence in International ReportingMadhuvanthi Srinivasan
Excellence in Current AffairsMadhuvanthi Srinivasan
Excellence in Multimedia ProductionNaandika Tripathi
Excellence in Development ReportingPracheta Panja
Excellence in Television News ProductionSaloni Kothari
Excellence in Business ReportingSaloni Kothari
Excellence in Business ReportingTushar Goenka
Excellence in Opinion and EditorialTaru Jain
Merit list
Kaustav Roy
Saiqua Sultan
Angarika Gogoi
Bharath Manjesh

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