IIMC Jammu organizes discussion on ‘Journalism in Indian Languages in J&K’

Director IIMC Jammu presenting memento to guest speaker during a discussion programme.
Director IIMC Jammu presenting memento to guest speaker during a discussion programme.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 20: In connection with Hindi Pakhwada, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Northern Regional Campus, Jammu, organized a discussion on the topic “Journalism in Indian Languages in Jammu and Kashmir: Prospects and Challenges” at the institute’s premises.
On this occasion, senior writer Kshama Kaul said that the languages of Jammu and Kashmir will enrich Hindi and it is the common responsibility of the journalists as well as writers to bring out the folk saga of the society.
Senior Journalist Sant Kumar Sharma said that journalism in Indian languages will be more intense and effective in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior social worker Dr Shiv Prasad Raina threw light on the history of printing press in Jammu and Kashmir.
Presiding over the program, Prof Rakesh Goswami, Regional Director, IIMC Jammu campus said that there are many languages in Jammu and Kashmir and literature should be created in those languages.
Earlier, introducing the topic in discussion, Prof. Rasal Singh of Central University Jammu said that many Indian languages are developing themselves by adopting Devanagari script. Due to this, he added, their acceptance is increasing even in non-Hindi speaking areas.
Dr Mahesh Kaul of SMVDU highlighted the nationalist role of Hindi media when the Jihadi movement was going on in J&K and the English media was influenced by the western countries. Dr Ajay Kumar Singh of CUJ stressed that work will have to be done at many levels to promote linguistic development and linguistic journalism.
Dr Sindhu Kapoor of Jammu Cluster University said that Indian languages are very deep rooted in J&K. Dr Kuldeep Raina and Dr Bachcha Babu of CUJ said that the role of English and Urdu journalism in J&K is very different. Dr Archana Kumari also said there is a huge difference in reporting by Urdu journalism, English journalism and national journalism in terms of objectivity and ideology.
General Secretary of Press Club Jammu, Dinesh Manhotra, senior journalist Surinder Sharma, former Deputy Director (News) of Doordarshan Sanjit Khajuria Dr Dilip Kumar, Dr Ravia Gupta, Ashwin Kumar Kushwaha, journalist Pawan Sharma, advocate Prem Sadotra, social worker Rajneesh Anand also expressed their views. This program was conducted and moderated by Prof Anil Saumitra and the vote of thanks was presented by Dr Vinit Utpal.