Aroon Purie Awarded AIMA's Lifetime Contribution to Media Award
Aroon Purie Awarded AIMA
Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group, received a prestigious award from the All India Management Association (AIMA) for "Lifetime Contribution to Media" last Tuesday. The award was presented in recognition of his outstanding role in the Indian media landscape for several decades.
The award was presented by Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of Hero Corporate Service, who read the citation. Munjal praised Purie as a pioneering media entrepreneur, a fearless editor, and a benchmark in the world of publishing. He also acknowledged Purie's leadership in bringing about significant transformations in Indian news media over the past half-century.
Aroon Purie, one of the longest-serving editors in India, is renowned for his remarkable achievements in print, television, and internet journalism. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2001, along with numerous other national and international awards for his exceptional contributions to Indian journalism.
In his acceptance speech after receiving the award, Aroon Purie expressed his delight at the recognition and discussed the role of the media in today's society. He acknowledged that the media often becomes a target of criticism, stating, "We are the ones who create riots, create chaos in society; we are held responsible for all the problems." However, Purie also emphasized the importance of honest and balanced journalism in supporting India's democracy, which is becoming increasingly vital.
He described journalism as a noble profession with social responsibilities similar to those of doctors and teachers. He stressed that the primary goal of journalism is to seek the truth to the best of one's ability and present it objectively.
Purie also cautioned about the widespread epidemic of fake news, especially with the advancement of artificial intelligence. He stated that "truth is becoming an endangered species," and journalism must play a crucial role in addressing this issue.
He concluded his speech by expressing gratitude to all those who have worked with him over the past 48 years and to his family, who have supported him through the demanding 24-hour news cycle.
AIMA's Managing India Award is one of the most prestigious business leadership awards in India. In addition to Purie, Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, and RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, were also honored for their achievements in various fields.
The awards were presented by Amitabh Kant, India's G20 Sherpa, who stated that Purie is the visionary behind the success of India Today and India Today Group, reshaping journalism in India. Bhargava emphasized the importance of respecting and celebrating the role of the media in society.
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