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India to become superpower by 2020: Naidu

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The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, speaking at the 125th anniversary celebrations of The Hindu in Hyderabad on Thursday. Also seen are (from left) Dr Kota Harinarayana, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, leader of the Opposition in the dissolved Assembly, Mr S. Rangarajan, Managing Director, The Hindu, Mr N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, Dr K. Anji Reddy, Chairman, Reddy's Laboratories, and Mr N. Murali, Joint Managing Director, The Hindu. _ A. Roy Chowdhury

Hyderabad , Nov. 27

SUPPORTING the ongoing reform process, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has said that the country is headed towards becoming a developed nation and a superpower by the year 2020, where The Hindu, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, would continue to play a pivotal role in India's march towards achieving that major goal.

In his address here today during the celebrations, Mr Naidu said according to Goldman Sachs, BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China and India) have been chosen as potential candidates to get into this brigade of developed nations.

Later speaking about journalism and the newspapers, Mr Naidu said today they have undergone tremendous changes due to competition and technical progress. Negative reporting, sensationalism have eroded journalistic ethics. However, it is time for positive thinking, where objective reporting will replace negative thinking and sensational approach.

Earlier, the leader of Opposition, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said in the emerging world of globalisation and consumerism, all those entrusted with the responsibility of keeping up democracy need to keep our eyes and ears wide open and hear those voices of the quietest and the anguished. This is important given the issue of reforms not reaching all sections of society. The reforms have touched only the rich and privileged.

The Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, Mr N. Ram, in his welcome address, said that that it was time to reconsider some of the Constitutional provisions, to safeguard Article 19 freedoms, defamation must be de-criminalised and the civil remedies made more effective, and the power of higher courts to punish for criminal contempt of court must be checked by Parliament.

Tracing the long history of the paper, Mr Ram said that The Hindu re-dedicates itself to its ideals of Panchsheel of truth telling, freedom and independence, justice, humaneness and contributing to social good. The mission to serve its informed, enlightened and growing readership, would continue.

Dr Anji Reddy, Chairman of Dr Reddy's Laboratories, said The Hindu had succeeded in making the values of science — rationality, accuracy and objectivity — a way of life. "Those values permeate the pages of The Hindu and all its reporting. And as in science, its opinions and conclusions are fact based, rather than the espousal of prejudice and dogma," he observed.

"The Hindu exerts a strong influence on the leaders of modern India," he said, hoping that the tradition would continue and influence the next generation that is now being brought up on the paper.

Dr Kota Harinarayana, the architect of India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme and Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, called for finding ways to "bring back creativity" in the education system that would help the country achieve a position it really deserved.

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