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NEWSPAPERS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION: KIRAN BEDI

November 16, 2020 08:59 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

To celebrate National Press Day, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organised the 3rd Edition of the Prem Bhatia Lecture Series on National Press Day today. Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Kiran Bedi graced as the Chief Guest for this occasion.

Speaking about the press, Dr. Bedi stated, “Newspapers are an essential part of governance and administration. My day starts with reading three to four newspapers. It is important to know what the media is doing, but more important to understand what we get from the media. Newspapers have great evidentiary value, Radio is great for the morning news, and TV debates are very beneficial. It is however important that we reduce the stress in these debates and increase the level of tolerance for differing opinions.”

Dr Bedi is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize), and several other national and international decorations. She worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She represented India in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues. She is an author of many books including her biography I Dare, anchors radio and television shows and is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines.

  

Talking about her inspiration, Dr. Bedi gave full credit to her family for providing her good education and an atmosphere of peace, ethics and healthy competition at home. “I always wanted to be different as well as self-reliant. I saw the condition of the ordinary woman and wanted to have a career of my own and make my parents proud. It was sheer hardwork that helped me get closer to my goals.”

The first woman in the country to hold Officer rank in The Indian Police Service, Dr. Bedi said, “Women empowerment is most essential in India. Skill development will help the women of the country to not only get jobs but also become entrepreneurs. There also needs to be an equal partnership between the man and woman in the household.”

Dr Bedi is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize), and several other national and international decorations. She worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She represented India in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues. She is an author of many books including her biography I Dare, anchors radio and television shows and is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines.

She is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reaches out to the underprivileged in the areas of education, vocational skills, environment, counseling, and health care.

The event was livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Dr. S.C. Vaidya, General Secretary of GGDSD College Society thanked Dr. Bedi for enlightening the staff and students with her valuable insight into the Indian media and society.

 
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