Gunachandra gets Maipaksana journalist fellowship

12 October 2017

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Oct 11

R.K. Maipaksana Journalist Fellowship was awarded to Ningombam Gunachandra  a well known columnist who has contributed for many different newspapers and journals for the last 28 years on different topics.

The award distribution function, celebrating the  93rd birth anniversary of R.K. Maipaksana was held today at Lamyanba Shanglen, Konung Mamang.

Gunachandra wrote 28 articles based on communal harmony for the welfare of the ethnic groups in the state.

In his address he assured to contribute more after researching the history of the ethnic groups of the state to bring a good and healthy society, Gunachandra added.

 The fellowship carries a citation and cash award for Rs. 3,000 per month for one year.

Chief guest of the function, Prof. N Tombi in his speech said history is incomplete without journalism. Journalism and literature are like friends, siblings, which complement each other.

One classic example would be of Dr. Kamal’s poem ‘Meitei Chanu’, which drew inspiration from Hijam Irawat’s journal with the same title published in 1922, he said.

This was stated by Prof N. Tombi, delivering his speech at the He was delivering a lecture on the topic, “Journalism ga Manipuri sahitya amasung sanskriti ga leinaba mare.”

Continuing his speech, Prof Tombi said the role of journalism is not only to disseminate news but it also plays a dynamic role of giving knowledge through magazines and journals.

Nowadays people spread useful information and opinions on social media, and media being considered the fourth estate of democracy, it can shape the society in a dynamic way, he added. 

Meanwhile, people paid floral tribute on the portrait of R.K. Maipaksana. It was followed by releasing of a souvenir “93rd Birth Anniversary of R.K. Maipaksana” by R.K. Maipaksana memorial trust.


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