West Bengal RSS outfit to fete ‘nationalist journalists’

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been invited to attend the May 13 programme, which will also reward “a group admin in social media”.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Kolkata | Updated: May 10, 2017 9:21 am
RSS, RSS national journalists, West Bengal RSS, Keshari Nath Tripathi, India news, Indian Express The programme is being organised by the RSS-backed Vishwa Samvad Kendra. (Representational)

AN RSS outfit will be awarding “nationalist journalists” of West Bengal as a “celebration of journalism” in the state. The ceremony will be held on Narada Jayanti as, according to the Sangh, the Hindu mythological figure was “the world’s first journalist”. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been invited to attend the May 13 programme, which will also reward “a group admin in social media”. However, it is unclear if Tripathi, who is unwell and in hospital, will be able to attend. Manmohan Vaidya, the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh, is also scheduled to attend the programme.

The programme is being organised by the RSS-backed Vishwa Samvad Kendra. Hinting at the kind of journalists they would be honouring, Biplab Roy, the convener of the Vishwa Samvad Kendra and RSS spokesperson, south Bengal, told The Indian Express, “The courage showed by journalists in Kaliachak and Dhulagarh should be respected. They endure hardships and face violence to report the truth… True journalism always strengthens nationalism.”

On January 3, a mob had set fire to a police station in Kaliachak in Malda district, angry over remarks made by a Hindu Mahasabha leader on the Prophet. The BJP had accused the Mamata Banerjee government of shielding the accused, claiming most of them were illegal Bangladeshis. Following the Dhulagarh communal violence that had led to the arrest of 65, the BJP had accused the state government of “appeasement politics towards a particular community”.

In March, the RSS had passed a resolution at its Coimbatore meeting condemning “the unabated rise in violence by jihadi elements in West Bengal, encouragement to anti-national elements by the state government due to its Muslim vote bank policies and (the) declining Hindu population in the state”.

Roy told The Indian Express, “Mythological Narada, a ‘samvad vahak’ (messenger of news), was the world’s first journalist. On ‘Narada Jayanti’ we have decided to celebrate journalism. Two journalists and a group admin in social media will be awarded for their role in journalism and nationalism.”

The Vishwa Samvad Kendra, a Sangh affiliate set up in 1994, is a pan-India body dealing with journalism. It has set up a committee to shortlist journalists for the award, which would be given away annually. Roy said the Sangh was “eager to interact with journalists so that they know about it”. “The Sangh is involved with a number of social activities in West Bengal, which people know little about. Our Seva Kendras are doing an exemplary job at the village level,” Roy added.

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  1. Dr. Prithipaul
    May 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    There is a Narada portra by Bollywood. He is projected as a laughing fool, supposed to dole out small pieces of folksy humour. Such a description of Narada according to the classics is also a form of corruption of culture. For Narada is learned, in the Vedas, in the Darshanas, in Grammar, in the fine arts. He is wise, he talks to the gods and advises them. And he is a lot more than being a journalist.
    1. S
      May 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm
      so the fascists now award dainik jagran, Arnab & his ilk along with the online trolls(trained by jhandelwalan).
      1. D
        D.K. Banerjee
        May 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm
        Who is facisits? Muslims are facisits by culture and lessons since cruel invader Babar Touimur, and last Aurorgjib , their barbaric cycophenic ic activities sufficienly proves the socalled hindus turned to muslim are of same culture.RSS have the resposibility to save the country from themuslims.Muslims have damaged the indian culture, they are in no way be allowed to do any more.
        1. R
          May 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm
          Look a mad dog burking ;)
      2. Z
        zafar macci
        May 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm
        RSS just cannot think any thing other than or beyond animosity towards Muslims. It is next to impossible for RSS to organize or conduct any event without utter hatred and antagonism towards Muslims. The primary and the ultimate motive of any RSS event on any occasion should be and will always be only on how to project Muslims, Islam, Prophet PBUH and holy Quran as the most harmful, most unethical, most dangerous to the country thus succeeding in creating maximum hatred towards Muslims. Perhaps all the RSS intellegentia are busy 24X7 on this monumental task. The should realize India's problem is not only and only Muslims, rather there are a lot more other problems which need to resolve. As political, Moral and ethical advisor, and God father to the Govt. they should devote a lot more of their powerful energies in advising Govt. toward finding solutions towards problems of poverty, education, gender, Cast and cl related horrors even if it is only for Hindus.
        1. S
          May 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm
          Yawnnnnnnnnn !!!! ZZZZZZZZ !!!!
        2. A
          May 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
          Please don't forget Arnab Goswami.