“Media must take up investigative journalism for the betterment of the society,” said Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad.
Mysore University Dalit Students’ Union and Research Association jointly organised a programme to release ‘Dalitaru mattu Madhyama’ (Dalit and Media) authored by Dileep Narasaiah on Tuesday at B M Sri auditorium, on Tuesday.
Releasing the book Minister Srinivas Prasad said: “Today most of the print and electronic media are run by the corporates. Media is one of the powerful medium to expose corruption, draw attention to sufferings of the downtrodden in the society and make people aware. But today media is steeped in Yellow Journalism and all that they indulge in is in character assassination. The media should have an analytical approach and stress on investigative journalism.”
“More number of symposiums, seminars and discussions must take place at the university level to highlight the plight of the dalits and the downtrodden in the society. A healthy society can be ensured if the media serves its role as a watchdog efficiently,” he added.
Senior journalist Rajashekhar Koti who spoke on the occasion said: “Recent caste survey conducted in the state mentions that the population of Karnataka is over six crore while dalits amount to nearly 1.2 crore thus securing the first position. Although they are large in number, their plight continues to be pitiable. Only when a tangible population of dalits gain entry into the media can they represent the woes of the marginalised better.”
Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, UoM B P Mahesh Chandra Guru, Writer Dileep Narasaiah, Assistant Professor and noted Critic Kavitha Rai and others were present.
Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad released the book ‘Dalitaru mattu Madhyama’ authored by Dileep Narasaiah.