Ananya Mariam Rajesh
CAMPUS: “Activism and democracy isn’t just about posting on social media. It’s about getting out there,” said internationally recognised journalist Ravish Kumar during an interaction with the students of the Department of Communication at St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) on September 22.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, and also the Managing Editor of NDTV India, Ravish Kumar engaged the students in a two-hour question and answer session before the Gauri Lankesh National Award Ceremony. He was accompanied by Gauri Memorial Trust Secretary KL Ashok and civil rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad.
“Numbers are the soul of a democracy. They need to see you all to wake up or you will hear the echo of ones — one state, one language, one religion,” he said during the interaction.
Speaking about the state of democracy in the country, he said, “Don’t despise the youth who spread hate or expect them to be democratic and secular. They are filled with hatred and their knowledge is from WhatsApp forwards. You are at fault if you have any expectations from them.”
Kumar also said journalists must write and write until the day they are acknowledged. They must stand for the truth and be honest, he said.
Kumar was later in the day conferred the Gauri Lankesh Award for Journalism in a ceremony at the college.
The award was presented by the Gauri Lankesh Memorial Trust.
It was the first time the award was given by the trust under the name of prominent journalist Gauri Lankesh.