Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that at a time when India’s voice and local products are going global, the country’s media industry also needs to go global.
Inaugurating the Patrika Gate in Jaipur via video conferencing, the PM said, “India’s local products are going global. India’s voice is also becoming more global. The world listens to India more intently. India has a strong presence on every international platform. In such a situation, the Indian media also needs to go global.”
Narendra Modi described the Patrika Gate as a reflection of the culture of Rajasthan. The iconic gate has been built by the Patrika Group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in Jaipur.
He also released two books written by Gulab Kothari, Chairman of Patrika Group of Newspapers, via video conference. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Governor Kalraj Mishra were present at the event.
Alluding to the literary work, PM Modi said, “Almost every big name during the freedom struggle was associated with writing. Our great saints and great scientists were also writers.”
He added, “In any society, the enlightened section of the society, the writers, are like a pioneer. They are the teachers of the society. Schooling gets over, but the learning process lasts the entire life, it goes on every day. Books and authors also play a major role in it.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day, condoled the demise of Prof. Govind Swarup and described him as “an exceptional scientist”.
“His pioneering works in radio astronomy have attained global commendation. Anguished by his passing,” tweeted Modi, giving a glimpse of Prof. Swarup’s brilliant scientific career.
Globally acclaimed for his pioneering contributions in radio-astronomy, Prof. Swarup passed away in the Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, late on Monday. He was 91, ailing since a while and breathed his last in the hospital, said a close family friend.
Prof Swarup’s family constituted of his wife Bina, son Vipin and daughter Anju – both settled in the US.
He was conferred the Padma Shri in 1973 and the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1972, among many national and international honours and awards.
His last rites were performed in Pune late on Monday, a family friend mentioned.