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Pen can do wonders: Minister Harsh Vardhan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The pen can do wonders, said today, citing the example of journalists who stood for truth in trying times, such as the Emergency.

In the face of pressure, many members of the media showed tremendous courage and some even went to jail, the said.

"Those who have the power of the pen can accomplish huge tasks. Sometimes, they themselves may not have an idea of what they may achieve," the Union Science and said at the 43rd Matri Shree here.

Recalling the contribution of freedom fighters, recalled that people had sacrificed their lives for the nation.

But now, 70 years since Independence, people could contribute in their own ways to improving the lives of those around them, he added.

Referring to his tenure as the in the during the 90s, said the media played a positive role in the campaign to eradicate polio.

He added that while uncovering social evils, journalists should also highlight the contribution of unsung heroes who inspire society.

Vardhan said Narendra Modi's initiatives such as the 'Yojana' and 'Swachh Bharat' had greatly contributed towards improving people's lives.

The government had worked with zeal to take Internet to the rural masses, he said.

One of the organisers, Dinesh Sharma, said the award was instituted to honour the "fighting spirit of journalists" during the Emergency period.

The minister presented the awards to 26 journalists. Akshay Kumar's Toilet: Ek was adjudged the best film by the award organisers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 19:00 IST
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