Ujjain: MPISSR inaugurates national seminar on political communication

Ujjain: Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain organised two-day national seminar on ‘Locating Democracy and Governance in Political Communication in Contemporary India’ on Thursday at auditorium hall, Bharatpuri.

Political analyst and Vice-Chancellor of Jain Deemed University, Professor Sandeep Shastri was the chief guest in the programme. Institute’s president Nalini Rewadikar presided over the inauguration session. Institute’s director Yatindra Sisodiya delivered welcome speech.

Co-convener Prateep Chattopadhyay put forth theme and objectives of the seminar. Addressing the session, Professor Sandeep Shastri acknowledged role of media in contemporary political scenario. He asserted that media has by and large marked its influence in every nook and corner but more precisely in politics.

Political parties are using media to set their own agenda. He stressed on the need for citizens to inculcate demarcation of democracy and governance in political communication. He also elaborated on general perception prevailing among common men about democracy and governance.

First day seminar was held in three sessions in which 15 research papers highlighting diverse issues were presented before the gathering and discussion were held on it. Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Ajay Gudawarthi presented views on changing dimensions of political communication in contemporary India.

Calcutta University’s professor Dipankar Sinha and Delhi University’s Dr Satish Jha put forth views about the subject. In the last session, Hyderabad University’s professor Vinod Parwala put forth views on political utility of community radio. Prateep Chattopadhyay anchored the session and Dr Tapas Dalpati proposed vote of thanks.

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