Satyawati College organizes a seminar on Media and Democracy

Report by Richa Sharma

Human rights activist and African-American MinisterMalcolm X once said “The media is the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and guilty innocent, and that’s power, because they control the minds of the masses.”

The above quote defines the power of media very well. Hence it becomes important for us to understand the impact this power has on us and on the system that governs our country.  Keeping the same in mind, the Political Science Society (Evening) of Satyawati College, organized a seminar on “Media and Democracy” on Wednesday, 18th of January.

Mr. Urmilesh Singh conducted this seminar in the presence of the Principal and the Political Science faculty of the college. He is a senior journalist who has worked with The Hindustan and Navbharat times and also the Rajya Sabha TV.  A huge crowd had gathered to hear him speak and there was great enthusiasm amongst the students present there. Mr. Urmilesh talked about media and democracy within Indian context. He discussed the existence of media in India and its impact on democracy and vice versa. In order to make the topic more interesting and to cover most of it with utmost precision, Mr. Singh divided the history of the Indian democracy into phases and explained the role of media in each of it. Starting from the Nehruvian era and going up till the 2014 national elections, he described the behavior of media and the impact it had on the common people. Both the negative and the positive aspects of the Indian media and the related democratic practices were talked about. The students seemed to enjoy the seminar a lot as they were seen banging the tables with approval and bursting into laughter every now and then. When Mr. Singh finished speaking, a lot of them also put forward their questions without hesitation. One of the questions asked to him was about being neutral in the field of journalism. To this Mr. Singh replied “There is no such thing as not being on a side. It’s human to have a stand on something. I stand with the poor of the country. I stand with the deprived. You can be on a side but what is important is to be objective and factual.” It was one informative session for the Satyawati students as they went back home with their knowledge-boxes filled up.