Office of English daily “Nagaland Today’ inaugurated
Dimapur, August 29: In what appears to be a stinging indictment against the political class in the State, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya on Wednesday commented that the media in Nagaland is doing a much better job than “our politicians.”
The Governor did not elaborate on how the media is doing a “better job” but slyly remarked, “Our newspapers are doing a better job than our politicians.”
He was speaking at the inauguration of the office of the 5th English daily in the State – Nagaland Today – here at 2½ Mile junction today.
The Governor, who is in the 5th year of his tenure, had in the past courted controversy for regularly criticizing politicians and elected representatives for corruption and mis-governance. But for nearly a year now, he had stopped talking about corruption, lack of transparency and accountability in high places after some political parties and leaders denounced his remarks against politicians.
“Where is our roads, where is the infrastructures,” he asked, while stating that Nagaland has every potential to be a successful State, an independent State that is not dependent on Central funds alone but have failed.
The Governor also censured the habit of ministers/advisors regularly going to Delhi to meet Central ministers to seek funds, click photos with the Central leaders and publish them in the local newspapers. “What is the use,” he stated.
To the media, the Governor admitted that telling the truth is a challenge in our part of the world but that they should stand true to their profession.
Acharya pointed out that there is a perception in mainland India that the Northeast is an insurgency infested region. “But here we are living peacefully,” he said while urging the media to clear this misperception of NE.
Earlier publisher of Nagaland Today, Yudang said Nagaland Today aims to promote free speech and pluralistic public discussion with the goal of treating all parties equally.
“Nagaland Today would want to communicate openly in a way that respects pluralism and takes the opinions of others into consideration in all of our interactive situations,” he said.
(Page News Service)