An inspiration to future journalists
Sanelisiwe A. Mabaso
“You have to be the change you want to be. You have to discipline your mind”.
This was said by Kajari Biswas during the annual Mahatma Gandhi Media Lecture (MGML) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) City Campus on Thursday.
Delivering the keynote address, the Head of Chancery at the Indian Consulate, further said: If you have faced injustice, if you have lived amongst violence, if you have been treated unjustly, chances are very high that that’s exactly what you are going to do when you grow up, which is a shame and pity, very few manage to rise above the circumstances and that is what leadership is,” said Biswas.
The Media Lecture was presented by the DUT Journalism programme in partnership with the Gandhi Development Trust (GDT). The lecture, now in its 11th year, has been hosted annually since its inception in 2008.
Biswas touched on a number of relevant topics including the effects of violence in modern society, gender inequality in the workplace and urged those in attendance to uphold journalistic ethics.
“It’s very important to keep inspecting every bit of fact that’s given to you with a lot of objective because you write and interpret how those who read the story think,” she said.
The core purpose of the lecture, which is part of the DUT engagement programme, was to recognise and celebrate Gandhi and the role of women in South African society, as part of women’s month celebrations.
Faheedah Crouch, a second year journalism student at DUT said that the lecture was an eye opening discussion that left her feeling inspired.
“It was eye- opening, there definitely needs to be more discussions where students and academics can engage on contemporary issues, ” she said.