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Media has been doing a wonderful job: Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji

Mysuru, July 25:- The entire world is in the grip of coronavirus pandemic. Most of the sectors, especially the employment sector, have been hit hard by the pandemic. Without caring for their health, journalists have been going to every nook and corner to gather news. Recalling their contribution, Mysuru Citizens’ Forum distributed ration kits to journalists at Suttur Mutt on Saturday (July 25).

Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji was present on the occasion.

The seer said, “It was deemed fit to distribute ration kits to journalists from the print and visual media. No journalist had requested for ration kits. Despite setbacks, they have been working tirelessly. To gather news, they go to all sensitive areas (lockdown, seal down and containment zones) to educate people on the prevailing circumstances regarding coronavirus pandemic. Reporters, photographers and videographers have to be thanked for their thankless job. In recognition of their job, Mysuru Citizens’ Forum decided to distribute ration kits. Not only Mysuru district, even journalists from taluks have been offered ration kits.”

Turning his attention to the pandemic, Swamiji said, “Coronavirus is threatening to destroy mankind and is refusing to relent. The recent spike in the number of cases the world over is a sentinel to what is happening. But according to many doctors and scientists, coronavirus is like any other virus. People need not be unduly worried. Looking at the death rate, the situation is not alarming though we have to be careful. Many of the deaths could be due to various other reasons. The government, doctors and scientists have given us certain guidelines which should be followed without fail. We should try and stop the spread of the pandemic. According to some sources, the coronavirus cases will keep increasing till September and it is likely to come down after that.”

Only July 28, Suttur Mutt will be presenting a book ‘Shivapada Ratnakosha’ which has a lot of value-added suggestions. There are many ‘foreign’ words whose meanings are tough to understand. In 2001, the Suttur Mutt had published a book in Sanskrit pertaining to tough words. The new 1000-page book is related to Lingayat culture which will be in Kannada. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will release the book online in the coming days. District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar will honour scholars on the occasion. Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karajol and Minister C T Ravi will be part of the action. Seer Siddeshwara and Siddaganga Mutt pontiff will also be present online. The book, according to Deshikendra Swamiji, has 4,000 foreign words which will be useful to the readers.

Mysuru District Journalists’ Association president C K Mahendra, general secretary Lokesh and senior journalists were present on the occasion. (MR/KS)

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