Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in Mumbai Samachar’s Dwishatabdi Mahotsav in Mumbai today. He also released a postage stamp to commemorate the occasion.
The Prime Minister wished all the readers, journalists and staff of Mumbai Samachar on the 200th anniversary of this historic newspaper. He praised the fact that, in these two centuries, the lives of many generations and their concerns have been expressed by Mumbai Samachar. The Prime Minister commented that Mumbai Samachar also gave a voice to the freedom movement and later also brought 75 years of independent India to readers of all ages. The medium of the language was definitely Gujarati, but the concern was national, he said. The Prime Minister mentioned that even Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel used to quote Mumbai Samachar and noted the happy coincidence that this anniversary coincided with the 75th year of India’s independence. “Therefore, on this occasion today, we are not only celebrating the high standards of Indian journalism and journalism related to concern for patriotism, but this event is also in addition to the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.” The Prime Minister also recalled the glorious contribution of journalism in the fight for freedom and the restoration of democracy after the emergency period.
The Prime Minister reminded that when the city became Bombay, under the influence of foreigners, even then Mumbai Samachar did not give up its local connection and the connection with its roots. Even then, it was a common Mumbaikar newspaper and it is the same today: Mumbai Samachar. He added that Mumbai Samachar is not just a news outlet, but a heritage. Mumbai Samachar is the philosophy and expression of India. He said that we can glimpse how India has stood firm despite every storm in Mumbai Samachar.
The Prime Minister recalled that when Mumbai Samachar started, the darkness of slavery was deepening. It was not so easy to get a newspaper in an Indian language like Gujarati in that period. Mumbai Samachar expanded linguistic journalism at that time.
The Prime Minister said that the history of thousands of years of India teaches us a lot. Emphasizing the welcoming nature of this land, the Prime Minister mentioned that whoever came here, Maa Bharati gave everyone a great opportunity to flourish in his lap. “What can be a better example than the Parsi community?” he asked him. He added that from the freedom movement to the Navnirman of India, the contribution of the Parsi brothers and sisters is enormous. The community is one of the smallest in the country in terms of numbers, a micro-minority in some ways, but huge in terms of capacity and service, he added.
The Prime Minister stressed that the job of newspapers and media is to provide news and educate the public and if there are any shortcomings in society and government then it is their responsibility to bring them to light. Just as the media has the right to criticize, they have an equally important responsibility to bring positive news to the fore.
The Prime Minister said that the way journalists worked as karmayogis in the interest of the nation during the Corona period in the last two years will be remembered forever. The positive contribution of the Indian media has greatly helped India deal with this biggest crisis in 100 years. He also praised the role of the media in promoting initiatives like digital payment and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The Prime Minister said that this country is a country with a rich tradition that is carried forward through debates and discussions. “For thousands of years, we have carried out healthy debate, healthy criticism and correct reasoning as part of the social system. We have open and healthy debates on very difficult social issues. This has been the practice of India, that we have to strengthen,” he said.
Shri Fardunjee Marzbanji started the printing of Mumbai Samachar as a weekly on July 1, 1822. Later, it became a daily in 1832. The newspaper has been published continuously for 200 years.
(With GDP Inputs)