Combat Terror Day will be organised by the students of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune to combat terror in a day of debate and learning with leading Indian media personnels and activists on February 5, 2009.
ON FEBRUARY 5, students of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune will pledge to combat terror in a day of debate and learning with leading Indian media personnels and activists that will ultimately culminate in a Charter of Peace formulated and signed by the students. SIMC’s Combat Terror Award ’09 will be presented on the same ocassion. The award will be presented to Deepthy Menon, Times Now, bureau chief (Mumbai), for her bold and responsible journalism during the siege in Mumbai last November.
The other dignitaries who will preside over this youth initiative against terrorism include secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace, Teesta Setalvad; actress-cum-director Nandita Das; NDTV- Kashmir correspondent Zaffar Iqbal; journalist and editor of ‘Gujarat Carnage’, Asghar Ali Engineer; Centre for Health and Allied Services activist, Abhay Shukla along with director general of RSS-run NGO Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
“This movement on our behalf aims to explore terrorism as a socio-economic concern that budding media professionals need to be sensitive about to engage in peace rather than war journalism,” says Susmita Biswas, co-ordinator of the event.
A play based on the Mumbai terror attacks on November last year, ‘Ae Ab Bas Hua... Teri To’ directed by Mujeeb Khan of Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy will also be performed at the institution’s sprawling campus in Lavale, near Pune.