People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 52

December 27, 2009

Prajasakti Vizag Edition Building

Foundation Stone Laid

IT is only Prajasakti that has been covering the ongoing agitations for separate Telangana and integrated state in various parts of Andhra Pradesh in a restrained and balanced manner. It stood out in sharp contrast to other dailies which were openly stoking the flames.

CPI(M) central secretariat member and former editor of Prajasakti, V Srinivasa Rao, stated this while laying the foundation stone for the daily's new building, Comrade Koratala Satyanarayana Bhavan, in Vishakapatnam, which is one of its nine edition centres in Andhra Pradesh, on December 18, 2009. The building is coming up in the industrial park in Duvvada, near the city.

Speaking in the meeting organised on this occasion, Srinivasa Rao said Prajasakti has consistently stood for an integrated state in order to keep the unity of the masses intact. At a time when many dailies and television channels are indulging in false propaganda, driven by their own agenda, the role of Prajasakti is crucial in bringing the facts before people in a fearless manner. To fulfill such a role, it is imperative that the daily is strengthened. He said Prajasakti cannot   be compared to any other daily because of its staunch commitment to stand by the people, both during political uncertainties and natural calamities as was seen recently.

The CPI(M) leader also mentioned how sections of monopoly national media are consciously spreading untruths, with ulterior motives. He charged sections of media with spreading falsehoods originating from imperialist-backed corporate media, which is roping in serious journalists with awards and other means.

Prajasakti editor S Vinay Kumar explained the growth of the daily right from 1942 when it was a weekly. He told how it stood against Nizam on one hand and the British colonialists on the other and spread in all regions of the state. It is today being published in colour from four editions � Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajamundry and Tirupati. It has network of computer centres in almost all constituency headquarters and municipality centres. He said this growth was possible only with people's help.

The meeting was presided over by edition manager S Sudhakar and among those who participated included CPI(M) state secretariat member Ch Narsinga Rao, MLC M V S Sharma, CPI(M) Srikakulam district secretary Choudhary Tejeshwara Rao and Gajuvaka MLA Ch Venkataramaiah.