Prominent freedom fighters’ portraits unveiled at MIC1 min read
Manipal: The unveiling of 19 portraits of prominent freedom fighters, who were impactful journalists and editors of the pre-independence era, took place in Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) on October 1, to coincide with Gandhi Jayanti.
The occasion was graced by the presence of the Jnanpith Award winner and Padma Bhushan recipient Dr U. R. Ananthamurthy, a renowned writer and critic in the Kannada language.
Speaking to the audience on Gandhi and contemporary India, Dr. Ananthamurthy explained, “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one of the finest journalists of the pre-independence era. He was considered to be a god among the people of India and was extremely punctual. Apart from being a good journalist, he was also a very influential lawyer for his times.”
In context to the current day scenario, he added, “It is silly to talk about Gandhian principles these days since the mode of development has changed. We should have worked on developing a critique on an ideal economy.”
The dignitaries and faculty members of the college then unveiled the portraits of 19 prominent journalists and freedom fighters like Subramaniya Bharathi, M. N. Roy, Dadabhai Naoroji, Pothan Joseph and Ramanath Goenka to name a few.
“The event was fascinating. It was as though we were seeing history from a more personal perspective,” said Priyeka V Suresh, a first year BAJC student at MIC.
Tagirem Gallego Garcia, Spanish language trainer and student of Gandhian and Peace Studies at Manipal Centre for European Studies said, “Gandhi is a really inspiring person. This talk proves that Gandhi is still alive and his philosophies should be applied to deal with the current global scenario.”
Among the dignitaries present at the occasion were Varadesh Hiregange, Director, MIC and Dr. M.V. Kamath, Honorary Director of MIC.
Sub-edited by Urvashi Ajmera