“Media is hardly highlighting the plight of dalits, backward classes and tribals. There is a need to have more dalits and OBCs in journalism” said writer and dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah.
Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on ‘Media and present social condition, organised by Karnataka Madhyama Academy, at Kalamandira here on Tuesday, on the occasion of Mahaparinirvan Diwas of Dr BR Ambedkar, he said, “It is imperative to give a thought on the role of media when the Indian economy is facing a crisis. Over 86 percent of currency was taken out of circulation, and not even 20 percent of the new notes has been reintroduced for circulation. Tribals, dalits in remote villages and BCs and minorities living in slums are badly affected by demonetisation. A majority of these people do not know what a cheque or plastic money is. But the government is talking about digital transactions and mobile banking.”
“Media houses have to be free from promoting casteism, and dalit, tribal or BCs in the society must venture into journalism. There shouldn’t be any discrimination based on caste and colour. India should also become a country that treats both men and women equally,” he added.
Ten journalism students were given offer letters to pursue a 10-month internship with media organisations as part of a programme by Karnataka Media Academy on the occasion and will be given a remuneration of Rs 10,000 per month.
MLA Somashekhar, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, President of Karnataka Maadhyama Academy Siddaraju, Chairman of Mysore Paint andVarnishes Venkatesh, Karnataka Exhibition Authority chairman Siddaraju, member of Karanataka Maadhyama Academy Shivakumar and others were present.