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In a Diwali Milan celebration today at Bhartiya Janata Party’s Ashok Road headquarter in New Delhi while the prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have exhibited a grand gesture to merrily mix with the journalists of the national media, electronics as well as print including its photographers, particularly those covering the the BJP and government affairs for a long time on the other hand at the Press club of India several journalist organisations were vociferously deploring the arrest of the former BBC journalist Vinod Verma terming it as arbitrary and attack on the freedom of the press.

It was just a coincidence that while a section of the media men and photo journalists were busy interacting, merrily shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with prime minister Modi who voluntarily mixed with journalists at BJP headquarter, another section of media men were worried and concerned over the arrest of one of the scribe of their fraternity from Delhi yesterday on allegedly false and fabricated charges as pronounced by them in the protest meeting at Press Club of India, Raisina Road just less than a half a kilometer away from the BJP’s national headquarter. Sounds interesting.

Prime Minister Modi while addressing the leaders , workers of BJP before posing for photographs with the media men and photographers, majority of whom he knew personally said the internal democracy in political parties is utmost essential to strengthen democratic values. He spoke extempore and also remembered his old days when he functioned from the BJP headquarter and looked for journalists for the political briefs and publication of his point of view.

He spoke at length on strengthen the inner party democracy in political parties and praised the media for outrightly supporting his flagship initiative on Swach Bharat Abhiyan and stressed the need for maintaining better, cordial and trustful relations between the fourth estate and political parties despite differences in opinion. He also touched several other significant issues particularly how the BJP has accorded bright opportunities to young party cadre in the oganisational hierarchy as compared to the dynastic promotion in rival political party without naming the Congress.

Prime minister Modi merrily mixed, interacted and shook hands with journalists and press photographers and also posed with them for pictures. Some journalists and press photographers seemed to quite happy and eager to pose with the most popular prime minister of the largest democracy of the world while at the press club of India the senior journalists held a protest meeting against the arrest of the former digital editor of Amar Ujala and BBC terming it arbitrary and on fabricated and concocted grounds to stifle the free voice.

SUNIL NEGI

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    When the society fails in its moral activities or when its intellectuals ignore moral duty, activists will rise to counter them.

    Activists have become highly unpopular and have become the targets of a highly active middle class. It is hard being an activist, although it is a little easier being an intellectual. The activist is always in the middle of conflict while the intellectual is in the middle of the world of ideas and scholarship.

    Becoming an intellectual is a very long process and often relies on access to education as well as on various resources. A school student can be considered an activist but not an intellectual. Students can easily join marches, shout slogans and are free to write blogs. The opportunity to be an activist is easily available.

    Activist may or may not be a scholar. But what an activist does is far more important than the scholar because any action by them is most fundamentally a moral action. On the other hand, action of an intellectual is most often an epistemic action, which is an action that is concerned with information and knowledge.

    An activist acts on behalf of others, and with, others. It involves a sense of giving and giving-up something. While more ‘normal’ individuals in a society act in order to benefit themselves, activists often have to act against their own interests. Often their actions improve the well-being of others, more than that of the activists.

    When students go on a protest, they pick up an important skill — that of developing a moral sense, a sense of concern and respect for others. And this sense, is the most important quality of being an activist.

    Although some intellectuals have a really deep sense of the moral, but the history of intellectual labour has consistently separated the moral from the accumulation of knowledge. The best example of this is by removal of moral considerations from science and the creation of scientific knowledge.

    When the society fails in its moral activities or when its intellectuals ignore moral duty, activists will rise to counter them. When the moral temperature of a society decreases, as it on a global scale in recent times, activists will rise. If this is stopped from happening, the moral force of a society will deplete. It is only the activists who can ensure that the moral skills of a society do not vanish entirely. They give up their personal and material comforts for the larger values of dignity, respect and equality for a society. Activists and intellectuals are crucial to protect the society from two very great dangers — power and profit. Getting rid of them is to compromise the present as well as the future of our society.