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Glowing tributes to Ramnath Goenka

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, APRIL 22. Glowing tributes were paid to the founder of The Indian Express group, Ramnath Goenka, whose birth centenary was celebrated today in all centres and offices of the newspaper.

In Chennai, a memorial meeting was held at the residence of Saroj Goenka, daughter-in-law of the late Goenka, at her residence in the Express Estates. It was attended by friends, associates and admirers of the newspaper baron.

The Union Law and Justice and Commerce and Industry Minister, Arun Jaitley, recalled that Goenka contributed to the establishment and preservation of freedom of expression, which included the freedom of the press. In this context, Mr. Jaitley said he was very unhappy with the move to ban exit polls and commended The Hindu 's Editorial opposing the ban.

The former Editors of The Indian Express and close associates attended the meeting. Kuldip Nayar, Prabash Joshi and S. Gurumurthy and industrialist Venu Srinivasan were among the speakers who lauded Goenka's contribution to the growth of the media in the country. Vani Jayaram rendered bhajans. Ms. Saroj Goenka welcomed the guests. The Chairman and Managing Editor, The New Indian Express, Manoj Sonthalia, conducted the proceedings.

Private pujas and ceremonies were held in Mumbai and other centres of The Indian Express. The Chairman of The Indian Express group, Vivek Goenka, participated in the memorial meeting. According to The Indian Express Editor, Shekhar Gupta, a series of events will be unveiled soon for the centenary year. These range from concerts and public functions to an ambitious initiative on water resources conservation under the aegis of the Ram Nath Goenka Foundation.

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