We Solemnly Promise
The Press Club of India is an institution that’s almost as old as the nation. In its sixty-odd years of history, this organization has, very much like the nation itself, been through many changes, both lofty highs and steep lows. In its halcyon days, the Club was a professional place where journalists, and only journalists, turned in to not only hone their professional skills and enrich their intellectual quotient, but also to rest and recreate with the best of the ale that’s available in town, and at affordable prices.
It used to be a cozy corner that was classy and yet not elitist, elegant and yet not gaudy. It was a spot worthy of belonging to, an address that lent itself pride and respect. The old-timers say that the building began as a stable before it was elevated to a high-end rendezvous for some of the Capital’s sharpest minds and scholarly heads. In six- plus decades, the Press Club of India appears to have turned full circle, from a piss-pot for cavalry horses to a prim and proper saloon for journalists, and now back to a down and out rack meant for just anyone with money to throw around. The journalists-only exclusivity of the place has gradually given way to anyone-but-journalists kind of licentiousness.
If we let the drift go unhindered, this place, in another few years, would go down the dump, to become a place worse than the horse-piss ditch it was, to begin with. Someone has to clean it up, and put it back to its exclusivity as a place worthy of the Fourth Estate members.
This is what we have sworn to achieving once we get your mandate. It’s no easy task by any means, but with the active support and solidarity of the members, that’s you, we are confident of accomplishing it. We have identified a few core areas where we need to achieve quick results, so that we can build on further in order to restore the Club to its lost glory.
1. We will straightaway remove the cloak of secrecy that is identified with successive managements’ style of functioning, and will throw open the Club to transparency and fair play.
2. If the Press Club belongs to the members, it belongs as much to their families, too. We will make it a second home for both the members and their families. It will be a place that the members would use as an ideal work place , while their families would use it as a place for rest and recreation. There will be exclusive Family Days, regional food festivals, talent scout competitions for children (with attractive prizes) etc.
3. Our team will lay special emphasis on the Club’s cultural and intellectual quotient. There will be more cultural activities that are region specific, film festivals that would represent both serious cinema and family entertainers. Sports and games will be augmented by organizing competition for both journalists and their families, cricket and football matches with other professionals such as politicians, bureaucrats, and diplomats. We would try and rope in the international media through the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and foreign missions in Delhi with this end in view. We also have plans to revive regular badminton and chess tournaments, again for both the members and their families.
5. Special focus would be on book exhibitions, book reading sessions, poetry presentations, and quiz competitions for both members and their families.
4. A couple of days in a month can be allotted exclusively to ladies (both journalists and family members) to interact with each other and share their notes – as reporters and wives.
6. The Club will make special efforts to periodically organize news-making seminars and debates that would witness some of the country’s best brains and talking-heads in fiery combat.
7. All festivals (both religious and cultural) would be celebrated with participation of members and their families.
8. Last but not the least we will take forward the idea of a Federation of Press Clubs of India which was launched at the initiative of the Press Club of India with a view to strengthening the role of press clubs in furthering the cause of a free media.
Vote for Transparency and Betterment of Press Club on 1st October 2016…
Vote for “Bala-Srikrishna-Sondeep” Panel
PRESIDENT: P.P. BALACHANDRAN “BALA”(Senior Journalist)
VICE- PRESIDENT: SOUVAGYA KAR (All India Radio)
SECRETARY GENERAL: SRI KSRISHNA (The Statesman)
JOINT SECRETARY: AJAY JHA (Ex-Sahara)
TREASURER: SONDEEP SHANKAR (Deccan Chronicle/Asian Age)
1.PRAFUL KUMAR SINGH (msn.com)
2.UJJWAL KUMAR (NewsRise)
3. KOMAL SHARMA (Sahara)
4. ANITA CHOUDHARY (Doordrasan)
5. ARVIND KUMAR SINGH (Hindustan)
6. SANJAY CHOWDHURY (Aajtak)
7. CHANDAN KUMAR (India News)
8. HIMANSHU MISHRA (Aajtak)
9. JITENDER SHARMA (Zee News)
10. ATUL GANGWAR (TV Journalist)
11. KAMAL KISHORE SHANKAR (PTI)
12. MANASH PRATIM GOHAIN (Times of India)
13. MRIGANK PRABHAKAR (Sahara)
14. BIBHUTI KUMAR RASTOGI (Rashtriya Ujala)
15. UNNIKRISHNAN T (Mathrubhumi)
16. SUJAN SINGH (Photojournalist)
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