- Social media anti-national: GoI to SC
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: In all 47 youth, including 20 girls who are not students now, are undergoing a 15-day induction training of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) at Don Bosco Youth Centre here to serve India as and when needed.
Addressing the trainees on Wednesday, senior journalist Pradeep Kumar sensitized them about media, particularly new media which has been more destructive than constructive. Highlighting the birth and growth of media in India, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh, he said that Hicky’s Bengal Bazette was the first newspaper published in 1780 by James Augustus Hicky in British India, while Auguste & Louis Lumiere first screened moving pictures in Bombay during July 1895 while radio broadcasting began in 1927.
However, Raja Ram Monohar Rai, known as father of vernacular media of India, had launched daily Miratul-Akhbar and Bengali weekly Sambad Kaumudi since 1831, but first newspaper of Arunachal Pradesh – Echo of Arunachal – was released on 20.02.88, 167 years after birth of India’s vernacular press. It was followed by inauguration of first AIR station was at Pasighat on 06.03.1966 though AIR (electronic media) was born in India in June 1923 with Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd (IBC) beginning two radio stations on 23.07.1927.
The media has undergone sea changes since then and new media (social media) has revolutionized media because it is more personal and easily accessible through interactive computer-mediated technologies (Web 2.0 Internet-based applications) that facilitate creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests & other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.
New media refers to social media, blogs, online newspapers which have made things easier for people who choose not to opt for TV or print media all the time, whereas, smartphones are easier to carry and provide news instantly. It allows the general public to express their views and according to Reuter’s Annual Report on Digital News for 2019, Indians get their online news dominantly on mobiles though it lacks human empathy, Kumar said, adding the PRC issue for which Capital Complex was in turmoil recently was mostly due to impact of wrong feedbacks through social media.
The Supreme Court on 28.09.19 had expressed the need to regulate social media to curb fake news, defamation and trolling. It also asked the GoI to come up with guidelines to prevent misuse of social media while protecting users’ privacy. The GoI had called the internet a tool for disruption and claimed that social media is used to spread anti-national activities. However, the GoI while responding to the SC in relation to multiple ongoing cases on online privacy, amid the clashing of voices and multiple court cases around regulation of social media platforms and messaging apps, had told the apex court on 21.10.19 that it will be submitting the revised rules for social media regulations, he informed.
“One can imagine that print and electronic media are still in nascent stage in Arunachal Pradesh while the new media (social media) has been surpassing them, he said, adding: I have redefined media as ‘I gave’ me (means I) and dia (means gave). Every action has an equal and opposite reaction as per Newton’s third law is a gospel truth. Thus, I exhort younger generation of Arunachal Pradesh to decide how to use the social media! Beware of social media is globally accessible and misinformation will carry wrong image about Arunachal and its hospitable people across the world”, Kumar added.
The NYKS, one of the largest youth organisations in the world, currently has about 8.5 million youth enrolled through 3.01 lakh youth clubs/mahila mandals. Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs), aim at developing personality and leadership qualities to engage them in nation-building, have presence in 623 districts across India.
The NYKS focuses on literacy & education, health & family welfare, sanitation & cleanliness, environment conservation, awareness on social issues, women empowerment, rural development, skill development and self-employment, entrepreneurship development, civic education, disaster relief and rehabilitation, etc. The youth associated with NYKs are not only socially aware and motivated but are inclined towards social development work through voluntary efforts.
NYK director Prakash, Capital Complex District Youth Coordinator (DYC) Banjed Wajir, Tawang DYC Mohti Rava, Seppa DYC Chunthuingam Dangmei, Bomdila ACT Abhijit Bora and Itanagar zonal office ACT Diwar Hussain, who are conduct the training said that residential raining for next batch will begin from November 7 next.
Interestingly the trainers included Toko Yakam, who has obtained BCom (2014) and MBA (2019) from Punjab Technical University and Tana Reena, a PG (history) from RGU which proved the level of youth associated with NYKS.