Birth centenary of Dada Saheb Apte
Birth centenary of Dada Saheb Apte, founder of Hindusthan Samachar and Vishwa Hindu Parishad, is being celebrated all over the country. A seminar was organised in New Delhi on June 18 to highlight different aspects of his life. Presiding over the seminar, Shrikant Joshi, veteran Sangh Pracharak, said that the media had lost direction and forgotten its duties. He said that Dada Saheb Apte founded Hindusthan Samachar with the view to providing news to different newspapers in various Indian languages. He said literature would be published in Hindi, English and Marathi by Rashtriya Patrakarita Kalyan Nyas to highlight the life and work of Dada Saheb Apte. Shri Jagdish Prasad Mathur, veteran BJP leader, was chief guest on the occasion. He said Dada Saheb Apte adopted journalism as a mission at a time when it had become commercialised. He suggested that exhibitions on the works and books of the late Apte should be organised. Shri Sadanand Kakare, vice president of VHP, said that Apte was deeply concerned at the problems of Hindus living abroad, and that was why he founded Vishwa Hindu Parishad in 1964. Dr Kuldip Agnihotri also spoke on the occasion. Dr Ravindra Aggrawal, editor, Hindusthan Samachar, initiated the discussion at the seminar and expressed concern over granting permission of 26 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in print media. He said it would prove very dangerous for the print media of the country.