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Mangalore: Mahesh Bhatt Lauds Vartha Bharathi on Completing a Decade

Mangalore: Mahesh Bhatt Lauds Vartha Bharathi on Completing a Decade

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (BG)

Mangalore, Sep 15: "Secularism is still alive in India, and we need to raise our voices against anti-secularists, just as Vartha Bharathi (VB) is doing. VB has been doing what each Indian needs to do. Society is highly effected by media that focus on unwanted issues and powers," said popular Bollywood director, producer and human rights activist Mahesh Bhatt.

He was addressing the Readers' Convention on the occasion of Vartha Bharathi Kannada daily's decennial celebrations held on Friday September 14 at Town Hall. A special commemorative issue was also released on the occasion.

Mahesh Bhatt further said that his one eye is Muslim and the other one is Hindu, because his mother was a Muslim and his dad a Gujarati Hindu.

"India is safe today because we Indians are ready to give our lives to one another, and this is because we share a strong brotherly bond between us and not because of any police force or politics. Moderate forces are being supported by VB, which is the best they have been doing in todays world," Bhatt said.

He added, "Corruption is increasing in India, and we all need to be revolutionaries to fight against such evil, especially through such media. The mainstream media are getting more glamourized, but VB's focus has been on bringing out the truth and not on glamour."

Addressing the gathering, litterateur and Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga chancellor U R Ananthmurthy said that in today's scenario, we are confused over whom to vote for as all parties are involved in  major scandals and all parties are corrupt.

"VB is not a Muslim paper, it’s Karnataka’s paper. 'Guardian' is the best and most honest newspaper of England, and has created a revolution in the whole of its nation. In the same way, Vartha Bharathi is Karnataka's Guardian," he lauded.

"Many TV channels are taking up communalism as a subject of discussion, but it is a crime, not a subject of discussion. Muslims have come to the mainstream to support the poor, downtrodden and the backward classes of the community, and VB is following this same agenda. Media needs to show the right path to the public, just as VB has been doing," added.

Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by Mahesh Bhatt and the special issue was released by Dr U Ananthamurthy. The evening began with a prayer song by the students of Bearys Public School.

The programme was presided over by Abdul Salam Puthige, editor-in-chief, Vartha Bharathi.

In his address, Puttige said that there is usually a big difference between production cost and the cost of the newspaper. "In VB the production cost is 100 percent higher than the cost of the paper," he said.

"Papers should not only give news, but focus on bringing out the truth. But truth differs from paper to paper. There are many media that give totally wrong and false information.

"Newspapers should be based on certain values. Newspapers have the power to turn right into wrong and vice-versa. In the same way, they also have the power to do both right and wrong things," he said

"Some say, reservation is the main cause for corruption as officlas are chosen based on reservation, and not on their merits. The new and latest technologies are for our good, but people are misusing them," he said.

"Media shouldn’t be a business. People should also support the media and be their backbone. They should be active participants in the media and not just readers," he said.

Aga Sulthan, founder member, AICTE, VTU and Bangalore University, H M Afroz Assadi, director, Madhyama Communications Ltd and Syed Abdul Khader Basha, managing trustee, Green Valley National School and PU College, Shiroor were the guests of honour.

Selected readers namely Narayana K Kyasamballi, K Sanjeeva Poojary, Bollai, Zahida Jaleel, Sheena Shetty, Udyavara Nagesh Kumar and B M Shabeer, news editor, Vartha Bharathi were also present on the dais.

The readers on the dais also spoke on the occasion and put forth their ideas, thoughts, best wishes and their views on VB. Mahesh Bhatt and Dr Ananthamurthy also expressed their best wishes to VB on its 10th anniversary.

Mementos were presented to the guests, selected readers and the entire staff of VB.

Yaseen Malpa welcomed the gathering, B M Basheer rendered the keynote address. Pushparaj, bureau chief, VB, proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Abdul Razak Ananthady.

Ramanath Rai, B A Moideen, Rohan Monteiro, Siraj Ahmed, Ivan D’Souza, U T Khader, Abhayachandra Jain, Krupa Amar Alva, Mithun Rai, special invitees and well-wishers were present in large numbers.


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  • Aijaz Jamali, Talhr Sindh Pakistan

    Mon, Oct 1 2012

    Secularism is the new terminology for mysticism Sufism wedianat.Puritan mystics are the lessons of Kabir, Gorakh, dadu.Bulleh, Sachal Lateef, Farid and Sami for peace and tolerance. Follow the followers of said individuals of reverence.

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  • Zaheer H, manipal

    Mon, Sep 17 2012

    Congrats VB Team, & All The Backbones of it,
    The person Who took the initiative In this Project during the Tough Time is the Real Hero ...Many More Celebrations to Come
    All The Best to Spread the truth

    Thanks For Giving Us the Truth Info

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 16 2012

    Yes Ravi Bhasker, it is our CULTURE to hide the truth and seek refuge under lies and created stories. that is why the news papers of DK & Udupi are not publishing such types of news. More over our Govt is also following the same attitude and culture by not giving any govt related advertisements to VARTHA BHARATI. Any how VB keep up your good work.

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  • Prasheesh Kumar. S., Mumbai

    Sun, Sep 16 2012

    Congrats A.S. Puthige the Editor of VB. But it is surprising that Guari Lankesh (Editor of weekly) who always stood by you, has not graced this occasion. Even Prof.Gopal B Shetty and Author C N Shetty the pillars of Udupi Vicharavadi Vedike, who always advocated all their friends to patronize your News paper, were not seen.

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  • Nabil Nawaz, KatapadiDubai

    Sun, Sep 16 2012

    Congratez, vartha bharti team n supporters who worked hard n pains to getthis newspaper into streamline

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    Sun, Sep 16 2012

    Congratulation VARTHA BHARATHI for completing TEN years in media business in odd weather.Colorful function with distinguished guests.

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  • a rahman.k, dammam k.s.a

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    mashaallah fredom of press vb congratulaion 10th anniversary save karnataka nd kannada

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  • Abdul Samad, Mangalore / Riyadh

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Heartly congratulation to Mr. AS Puthige and VB team. Many more years to come.

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  • Parvez , Riyadh (M'Lore)

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Voice of All and Voice of a common man is Voice of Varthabharati. Truth is always win.
    Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Puthige to bring the paper to 10th year with all the hurdles. Congratulations. God Bless you.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Mr. Mahesh Bhat is a peace lover and much secular minded. He voices against any injustice and fights for the cause of victims. Mr. Bhat is a true national with friendly thoughts for all communities in the country. I wish him pink of health and full of honour thorough out his life ahead.

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  • Zameer H Khan, Udipi

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congratulaion VARTHA BHARATHI

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congratulations VARTHA BHARATHI.

    one of the trust name in Print Media. Always Keep it up.

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  • zameer, mlore

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    congrates varthabarathi for completing 10 successive years..vb is nothing but revolution in journalism...

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  • Thanzeel, Kuwait

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congratulations VARTHA BHARATHI.
    Mr. Chelayya could have been invited to the dias.

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  • abdul samad, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 15 2012


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  • Zahoor Ahmed, Karkal / Dammam

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congratulations to Vartha Bharathi-Kannada Daily, You are Delighted your Readers and Wellwishers.

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  • Ravi Bhaskar Shenava, MANGALORE

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congratulations to Vartha Bharathi on completing 10 years in the Service of Kannadigas. I had observed that yours was the only mainline Kannada newspaper who publish the news about activities of Rationalist Society of Udupi (Vicharavadi Vedike - Udupi), while all other morning newspapers intentionally black-out this news.
    There are many newspaper vendors in Mangalore who do not display Vartha Bharathi & Gauri LANKESH on their news stands, and only when the customer enquires the vendor takes it out from under the table and gives it. But why ? They are afraid of whom ?

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  • Noor Ashfaq, Karkala/Sharjah

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Indeed, it’s great to watch Varthabharathi commemorating its decennial celebration with a promise to maintain and improve the ethics of journalism for the welfare of the society. Each one of us can be human rights activist for promoting the peace and tranquility provided we disseminate truth. Unfortunately, the role of media (but for very few) have become the means of discord and honest information is rarely made available. Let the Varthabharathi emerge as a benchmark in the field of media and be the voice of all the communities in the society.

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  • ayman hassan , kudroli

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    no greeting card to give noflower to send no cute picture to forward just loving heart saying v.b jiye hazaron saal karnataka no.1 newspaper satya elledege all the best

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    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    varthibharthi ...all the best and u r doing good job

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  • Rizwan, Udupi

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Congrats..... Best of Luck VB, You are doing good job.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    We have to raise our voice against anti-secularists.!!!
    Anyone comes to Manglore talk about anti secularists WHY? Are they Tagged like Terrorists?
    Looking forward born communals valuable comments..

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    Sat, Sep 15 2012

    Masha Allah.. all the best to VB, be No.1 in Karnataka.

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