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Parag Kr Das Award for Sushanta Talukdar

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 24 - Senior journalist Sushanta Talukdar was today awarded the Parag Kumar Das Journalism Award, 2016 at a function organised at the Guwahati Press Club.

Instituted by the Parag Kumar Das Award Committee (Janasadharan Group), the award carries Rs 25,000 in cash, a citation and gifts. The award was presented by noted educationist Prof Manirul Hussain in presence of Shivanath Barman, editor, Janasadharan, and senior journalist Bedabrat Bora.

Receiving the award, Talukdar, who was associated with a number of leading English dailies including The Hindu and The Telegraph before floating NEZINE, an online magazine focusing on the North East India, said the award would inspire him to work with a greater sense of responsibility.

He also dwelt on the need for objective reporting and opined that apart from field-based reporting, it is also very important for a journalist to present a report without a tinge of distortion.

�A report can mislead readers and at the same time, if presented in the right manner, can guide the society for betterment,� Talukdar said.

�Parag Das was a man with an uncompromising attitude and used to raise questions, be it from the government or the non-state actors in his reports. Today, unfortunately the knack for asking questions is somewhat missing. Media as a whole should not stop asking questions,� Talukdar asserted. He also spoke about convergent media and the challenges ahead.

Editor of Asam Bani Dilip Chandan, who delivered a lecture � �Parag Kumar and Trends in Contemporary Media�, said that the contemporary media is going through a credibility crisis which could be in a way linked to its ownership.

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