Ranchi | “Surendra Singh Ruby was not just a journalist but an idea as well as a social worker” these words are of Palamu Divisional Commissioner Jatashankar Choudhary. Addressing the tribute meeting cum SS Ruby Smriti Gaurav Samman ceremony of Palamu organized on her first death anniversary at the local Gandhi Smriti Nagar Bhawan. The Chief Guest Commissioner Shri Choudhary said that it was only after seeing the large presence of the dignitaries in the meeting. It can be guessed how big a journalist Ruby ji must have been. Today’s journalists should take inspiration from the works of Ruby ji and play their part in carrying forward the legacy of impartial journalism.
In collaboration with the DNS Foundation, Ranchi, an organization dedicated to social service and under the aegis of Palamu Writers Association, addressed this program. Rajkumar Lakra, DIG of the Palamu region, paid his tribute to Ruby ji and said that she just did not give a positive direction to the journalism of Palamu but her contribution has also been important in changing the condition of the society. Inder Singh Namdhari, who’s the first Speaker of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, presented the moments spent with Ruby ji in a very emotional way. Recalling many incidents, he said that Ruby ji was a journalist as well as a social worker. He has set an example by dedicating five decades of his life to journalism and society. Other journalists also need to follow in his footsteps. Palamu’s Police Captain Chandan Kumar Sinha paid a heartfelt tribute to Ruby ji in a poetic style. He said that Ruby’s body is not among all of us, but her principles are among all of us.
SP expressed gratitude to the Palamu Writers Association and DNS Foundation for organizing a better program on the death anniversary of Ruby ji. Eminent educationist Prof. SC Mishra said that today’s journalists should imbibe the works and principles of Ruby ji. He said that as much as he had a love for journalism, he was equally in social activities. He said that investigative journalism was the special quality of Ruby ji. It was only after fully confirming the news that they were sent to the publication. Senior journalist Gokul Basant said that Ruby ji was not only a good journalist but a better person than that. Having affection and love for people was one of his habits. While conducting the stage, President of Palamu Writers Association, Kundan Kumar Verma said that Ruby ji has prepared hundreds of journalists like us, who are discharging their responsibilities well in today’s journalism. He said that she used to mark the mistakes of journalists like us and rectify those mistakes. It is a matter of pride for journalists like us to learn the art of journalism under his guidance.
During the program, senior journalist Ravindra Upadhyay in the field of journalism, Shyam Kishore Pathak in the field of literature, Aman Chakra in the field of arts, Aksa Nag in the field of sports, and Yugant Badri Pandey in the field of acting were honored SS Ruby Smriti Gaurav Award. Apart from this, Vikas Dubey, a meritorious student of the Department of Journalism, was honored “SS Ruby Smriti Gaurav” Award. The family members of SS Ruby were also honored on the occasion. Among the present editors Sanjeev Nayan, Dilip Kumar, and Sanjay Pandey, Political Editor of The Emerging World were also given SS Ruby Smriti Gaurav Award by the visiting guests. The visiting guests were also honored in the program. Apart from this, the director of DNS Foundation Geeta Sinha and coordinator of Palamu Writers Association Abhishek Raj, and others were also encouraged by honoring them for their cooperation in the program.