Chairman of Sakal Media honoured with Punyabhushan Award

Pranab Mukherjee, the president of India, presented the Punyabhushan Award to the veteran media personality Pratap Pawar, the chairman of Sakal Media Group recently at a function in Pune. The ‘Punyabhushan’ is awarded every year to an eminent personality from the field of arts, music, culture, science, industry, social service and sports by Punyabhushan Foundation. The foundation was established in 1989 with a view to express a profound gratitude towards the citizens of Pune who have made an exceptional contribution to the national and international forums and transformed Pune city into conspicuous place on the map of India and the world.

The president congratulated Pawar for being the recipient of the Punyabhushan Award this year and appreciated his contributions to the Indian media through Sakal and to the region’s industrial development and social activities. He said, “Last year, as the president of India, I had the privilege of conferring ‘Padmashri’ on Pratap Pawar to recognise his contribution in various areas of public service. Through Sakal he has played a major role in educating and awakening the masses.” The president said that media plays a very important role in our democracy.

It helps in creation of an awakening amongst the vast multitude of masses through dissemination of information. It helps shape ideas and opinions. He further said the media as a whole not only keeps people informed but also performs a very crucial function of presenting ideas and alternatives in the domain of policy formulation and implementation. The media space thus becomes an important component in the fabric of a functional democracy by not merely reporting the ‘dialogue of democracy’ but also by taking an active part in that dialogue. He also appreciated the work of ‘Tridal’, (Pune) to commemorate the memory of the great trio of the country’s freedom struggle — Shahid Bhagat Singh, Sukhdeo and Rajguru. He remarked that the rich tradition and heritage of the city of Pune are an inspiration to the whole nation.

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