GUWAHATI, Feb 19 � For their valuable contributions in the field of journalism and in honour of the several coveted awards won by them, veteran journalists Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora, editor of Gariyoshi and Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, editor of Dainik Asom, were felicitated by the Assam Tribune Employees� Union (ATEU) at a function held today.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhagawati said that integrity was the most treasured possession of a newspaper organisation and if the journalists were willing to do the good work, nothing could prevent them from doing so.
�Machines do not bring out newspapers; it is the outcome of the efforts put down by the people who are associated with it, which also reflects in the newspapers,� he said.
Bhagawati further said that the journalists were people�s representatives and were duty- bound to work for them.
�Courage comes naturally to those who work for a cause and are guided by certain principles,� he added.
With a career spanning five decades, Bhagawati has won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1991, Harendranath Barua Award in 1996, Jyotiprasad Agarwala Award in 2003, Kedarnath Goswami Award in 2004 and Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya and Siva Prasad Baruah awards in the year 2009.
Recipient of many awards and editor of Gariyoshi, Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora, while addressing the gathering, said that the Assam Tribune Group and its various publications had always been a source of inspiration for him, even before he started his career as a writer.
�Even today, when in confusion, I rely on The Assam Tribune and Dainik Asom for the true picture,� he said.
Expressing deep concern over the concept of paid news gaining popularity, he said that issue-based journalism was the need of the hour.
Acknowledging the contribution of senior sub-editor of The Assam Tribune, Biman Arandhara who translated his famous book Kayakalpa into English within a very short time, he said that for regional literature to get recognition nationwide, good English translation was a must. It may be noted that the same book got him the prestigious Saraswati Samman in 2008.
Bora also got the Sahitya Akademi Award 1988, Assam Valley Award in 2004 and Madhavdev Award in the year 2009.
The function was presided over by the ATEU president Saifuddin Ahmed.