Dhenkanal: On Mahatma Gandhi’s 72nd death anniversary, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Dhenkanal paid tribute to the Father of the Nation by launching a monograph in Odia language titling ‘Mahatma Gandhi: Sambadika O Sampadaka,’ on Thursday.
The monograph is a compilation of 26 articles on Mahatma Gandhi’s life as a journalist and editor. The articles were written by different eminent personalities across India, including Tushar Arun Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Snehasis Sur, a senior journalist in Doordarshan Kolkata as well as the president of press club Kolkata, and Indian historian Ramachandra Guha and others.
The monograph has been edited by the regional director of IIMC Dhenkanal, professor Mrinal Chatterjee and Snehasis Sur, the president Press Club, Kolkata. It was first published as a book in English.
Describing the book assistant professor of IIMC Dhenkanal, Dr Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra said, “The book highlights Gandhi’s unique style of journalistic writings, how he could communicate with masses without mass media, significant qualities of journalism and best communication strategies that Gandhi practiced. “How Gandhi, through his writings, made great efforts for peace, even though, he was jailed on sedition charges. It also highlights about the Gandhi’s communication and journalism from the perspective of Aristotelian rhetoric” he added.
Before starting class, the students and other members of the staff observed a brief silence to mark Gandhi’s death anniversary. Later on budding journos paid humble tribute with special presentation in television and radio bulletin sessions on the relevance of Gandhi in present times.