He was the only leader in India who was offered thrice the honour of the presidentship of the Indian National Congress and which he declined every time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was “fully committed” to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms on the occasion of National Press Day, commemorated every year on November 16.
“A free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. We are fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms,” Modi said on Twitter.
“May our media space be used more and more to showcase the skills, strengths and creativity of 125 crore Indians,” he added.
Appreciating the hardwork of media, especially the reporters and camerapersons, who “tirelessly work” and bring forth news that shapes national as well as global discourse, Modi said the role of the media in giving voice to the voiceless is commendable.
“Over the last three years, the media has added great strength to ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and effectively furthered the message of cleanliness,” he said.
“In this day and age we are seeing the rise of social media and news being consumed through mobile phones. I am sure these advancements will further the reach of the media and make the media space even more democratic and participative,” he added.
National Press Day is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. On this day, the Press Council of India (PCI) started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not fettered by influence or threats.