Various aspects of ways in which the media covers events related to national security were discussed at a seminar on “India’s Security Matrix: Role Of Media” organised at Golden Jubilee Hall, in Panjab University(PU), here on Monday. Lt Gen (Retd) K J Singh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Chair Professor in the Department of Defence and National Security Studies, was the chief guest and PU Vice Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover presided over the seminar which was organised by the Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University(PU).
Lt Gen (Retd) K J Singh dwelled upon the role media can play in sharing information of national concern. “The media should act as a watchdog in promoting positive narratives through local vernaculars which are very well received and have a comparatively larger outreach,” he said. The panelists included, Maj Gen (Retd) Amarjit Singh, Lt Gen (Retd) Deepinder Singh, Lt Gen (Retd) Jasbir Singh Lidder and Lt Gen (Retd) Iqbal Singh Singha who have served the nation in various capacities during their long service careers.
Maj Gen (Retd) Amarjit Singh highlighted the emerging new dimensions of national security wherein the growing role of non state actors vis-a-vis state actors. The non-state actorsnot only include terrorist organisations but also the media and the corporate sector. Singh added that the non-state actors have the potential to influence the defense and foreign policy of the state, he said. Lt. Gen (Retd.) J. S Lidder, who had served in various capacities with the United Nations, focused on the reach of the social media, its subsequent effect in international politics and highlighted that it has emerged as the greatest mover of information and public opinion.