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BJP suffers because of setting high standards of probity for itself

BJP suffers because of setting high standards of probity for itself

Publication: BJP Today
Date: April 16-30, 2001
Introduction: Cho Ramaswamy speaks at Nachiketa Samman ceremony

Well known satirist and editor of the immensely popular Tamil weekly "Tughlaq", Cho Ramaswamy said in New Delhi on March 23 that the reason why the Bharatiya Janata Party felt deeply hurt by the allegations against it because the Party had set for itself very high standards of conduct for itself and its leaders.

Presiding over the Nachiketa Samman Samaroh organised by the nationalist Hindi weekly Panchajanya, Cho referred to the Tehelka tape case in his speech on the occasion.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was the first editor of the Panchajanya in 1948, gave away the awards.

Shri Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah, Editor of the SENTINEL newspaper published from Guwahati was awarded the Nachiketa Samman consisting of Rs. 1 lakh in cash, a shawl and a citation for the courageous manner in which he has been writing about the dangers to national security posed by various militant organizations in northeast India and the Bangladesh infiltrations, despite threats to his life.

The other two recipients of the Nachiketa Samman who were awarded Rs. 51,001 each, were Shri Girish Mishra, a former Editor of the Panchajanya and Shri Ashim Mitra, former Assistant Editor of the daily AAJKAAL of Calcutta who has been writing for nationalist causes ever since he joined journalism about forty years ago.

Five other junior-ranking but courageous journalists too were given the Nachiketa Samman.

At an interesting seminar on partisan politics and reporting by young journalists", Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie expressed regret that the media were consistently neglected the threat posed to national unity by Bangladesh infiltrators in Assam where the writ of the Government hardly ran.

Interestingly, Mr. Dilip Padgaonkar, Managing Executive Editor of the Times of India, supported this view and added that the media should also focus on the sudden mushrooming of mosques and madrasas on the Indo-Nepal border, about which he had been receiving information from Kathmandu.

Shri Cho Ramaswamy spoke at this seminar too and told questioners, when asked If he had ever supported the Leftists as he did most of the parties in Tamilnadu at one time or the other, that "if the Leftists came to power in India, there will be nothing Left of India".

At the presentation ceremony, Sarsanghachalak KS Sudarshan, Home Minister L.K. Advani, Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushama Swaraj, former Sarsanghachalak Rajuu Bhaiyya and a large number of media personalities were present.

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