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IJA President S. Sabanayakan (centre) presenting a memento to Hon’ble Minister of Development, Western Region, Government of West Bengal, Dr. Sukumar Hansda, at the inaugural ceremony. IJA General Secretary, Sekhar Sengupta (left) watches on More »






The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), one of the oldest journalist bodies in the country, has elected its two principal office-bearers.


The President of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists and a Press Council of India member, Mr. Vinod Kohli, was unanimously elected as the President of IJU. He was the lone candidate in fray.


The President of India’s oldest journalists union, Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA), West Bengal, Mr. S. Sabanayakan, was unanimously elected as the Secretary General of IJU. He too was the lone candidate in fray.

Mr. Habib Khan, Central Returning Officer for IJU Election 2022, declared the election results recently at Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh).

The two principal office-bearers of the IJU will have the onerous task of not only rebuilding the Union into a vibrant one but also have the tough task of spreading the Union to all parts of the country. Shri Kohli, who would be leading IJU for the first time in over four decades of journalistic life, said, “The primary task is to rearrange the priorities of the IJU. Unionism in the country is in shambles as there are too many splinter groups operating without any aim or agenda. Our task is to bring all likeminded Unions under one umbrella and give a momentum to the movement.”

Elaborating further, he said, “IJU would like to walk the thorny path to achieve its goals nationally. IJU would also focus on its state unions and encourage them to renew their drive to bring in more journalists under their ambit so that a greater cause can be served.”

Shri Kohli has more than 48 years of experience in journalism having worked in various print outlets. A graduate in psychology and journalism, he had been the General Secretary, Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists; General Secretary of The Tribune Journalists Guild and presently the President of Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists.

He has been made a member of the Press Council of India (2021 onward). He is also a member of Election Commission of India, Level Committee on Paid/Fake News (April 2022 onward), he was also a member the Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC), Govt. of India (2004 to 2007) and was an IJU Convener, Majithia Wage Board Committee for Working Journalists.

Shri Sabanayakan has nearly four decades of experience in journalism after joining Indian Express Kolkata bureau in 1980. After four and a half years, he joined The Telegraph, Kolkata. After spending exactly a decade, he joined The Hindu, Kolkata news bureau and served the institution for a little over two decades. Thereafter, he began to contribute to The Assam Tribune group and in 2018 he joined Eastern Chronicle when it opened its Kolkata edition.

Shri Sabanayakan was a member of West Bengal Union of Journalists for 10 years before joining IJA on assuming office in The Hindu. After being in the Executive Council for many years, he accepted to head Indian Journalists’ Association in 2013. After a break of one year in 2016, he returned to head IJA from 2017.

18th June, 2022

International workshop on rural journalism at Kalyani University

International workshop on rural journalism at Kalyani University
KALYANI: Celebrating the centenary of Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA), Nadia District Unit conducted an international workshop on rural journalism on June 12.
Participants in this workshop were journalists from Bangladesh’s Baishakhi TV and other journalists from India and abroad. Students, journalists and others also took part. Eminent journalists from Kolkata, Sekhar Sengupta and Suven Raha, as well as Professor of the Islamic University of Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman, acted as instructors.
Present on the stage were Professor Manas Kumar Sanyal, Vice Chancellor of Kalyani University, who inaugurated the workshop, IJA general secretary Sekhar Sengupta, Prof. Mustafizur Rahman, Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club president, Suven Raha, Professor Sujoy Mandal of Kalyani University and Dr. Kingshuk Chakraborty, National Award winning teacher.
After the class on rural journalism, the question and answer session lasted for about an hour. Eighty students from different districts took part. The whole event was held at Kalyani University. Kalyani University and Department of Folklore of the university sponsored the workshop.
Nadia District IJA unit’s general secretary, Sukhendu Acharya, was the brain behind the programme.
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16th June, 2022

Sabanayakan, Sekhar Sengupta re-elected

The Indian Journalists’ Association, the oldest trade union body of journalists in the country, had its annual general meeting on March 27 at Press Club, Kolkata. The well-attended meeting re-elected Messrs S. Sabanayakan and Sekhar Sengupta as President and General Secretary respectively for another one year term.

The association, which stepped into its 100th year, had its first executive meeting on Monday, April 18, 2022, at the IJA office where the following office-bearers and Committee members were decided.

The meeting finalized to begin the association’s centenary celebrations on June 22, 2022, with a panel discussion on the future of trade unionism. All the top trade union leaders of the state will be invited to participate in the programme. Chief Minister, Smt. Mamata Banerjee will be approached to inaugurate the celebrations.

A centenary celebrations committee will be formed in the next meeting in May. A number of sub-committees will also be formed to focus on the core issues concerning the members and the association.


President: S. Sabanayakan

General Secretary: Sekhar Sengupta

Vice-Presidents: Taraknath Roy and Shyamal Mukherjee

Secretary: Debasish Das

Assistant Secretaries: Sukhendu Acharya and Kamlesh Pandey

Treasurer: Amitabha Das Sharma

Members: Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, K.D. Parth, Tapas Ghosh, Purnendu Chakraborti, Abdul Odud, Debjani Laha Ghosh, Jagannath Bhowmick, Aminur Rahaman, Jayanta Dutta, Tapesh Kumar Basu, Adityanarayan Chowdhury, Gosai Chandra Das, Rana Mukherjee, Ashish Kumar Ghosh, Robin Chatterjee.

Coopted: Shyamal Naskar, Prabhat Ghosh, Chandra Mitra Shee, Prosenjit Dutta, Amit Ukil.

Former minister Manish Gupta (left) exchanging greetings with party colleagues and ministers Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (centre) and Manas Ranjan Bhunia (right) before the start of the IJA AGM at Press Club, Kolkata, on March 27.

Former minister Manish Gupta (left) exchanging greetings with party colleagues and ministers Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (centre) and Manas Ranjan Bhunia (right) before the start of the IJA AGM at Press Club, Kolkata, on March 27.

IJA President, S. Sabanayakan, welcoming minister Manas Ranjan Bhunia to the AGM.

IJA President, S. Sabanayakan, welcoming minister Manas Ranjan Bhunia to the AGM.

General Secretary Sekhar Sengupta (centre) and President, S. Sabanayakan, welcome well known artiste at the start of the AGM .

General Secretary Sekhar Sengupta (centre) and President, S. Sabanayakan, welcome well known artiste at the start of the AGM .

19th April, 2022

IJA AGM on Sunday, March 27

The Annual General Meeting of the Indian Journalists Association (IJA) will be held at Press Club, Kolkata, on Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 10 am.

Eligible members are requested to attend the AGM on time.

Sekhar Sengupta,
General Secretary

22nd March, 2022

Journalism workshop in Howrah

Local MLA Sitanath Ghosh (fifth from left) releasing the souvenir along with IJA state and district officials on March 13.

GODARIA: The Howrah District Unit of the Indian Journalists’ Association, West Bengal,  organised a journalism workshop on March 13 at Biswanath Niketan, Godaria, Jagatballavpur in Howrah district where nearly 100 young and practising journalists participated.

The chief guest of the function was local MLA Sitanath Ghosh whose speech on media was invigorating to the young minds.

State president S. Sabanayakan spoke on two language formulas in journalism and how one more language other than the mother tongue will help in the profession. State general secretary, Sekhar Sengupta, lectured on journalism, the role of IJA in encouraging the profession and its centenary programme.

The question and answer session was very lively with the audience asking questions that varied from journalism to morality of the society.

On the occasion a souvenir was released. Local organisation headed by district president Shyamal Naskar, general secretary Ashis Ghosh and convenor Manas Manna did a wonderful job.

The district committee distributed participation certificates to all in the second session after a sumptuous lunch.

13th March, 2022

New EC meets on March 12

District general secretary, Arup Laha (left), IJU NEC member Tarak Nath Roy, State general secretary Sekhar Sengupta, State president S. Sabanayakan and District president, Swapan Mukherjee, during the meeting.

BURDWAN: The new executive committee which was formed on March 6 for 2022-23, met for the first time under the chairmanship of district president Swapan Mukherjee at a city hotel.

Among the 19 members, apart from Mukherjee, dist. secretary Arup Laha, and dist treasurer Sheikh Samsuddin were re-elected including two invited members. Tanushree Bandyopadhyay and Ram Narayan Kundu have been elected as the vice-presidents.

Atanu Hazra has been elected as the secretary. Suprakash Chowdhury and Santosh Das have been elected as asst. secretary. Anirban Hazra has been re-elected as the office secretary.

The newly elected members of the executive committee were: Mithilesh Roy, Manotosh Poddar, Dhiman Roy, Kaushik Chakraborty, Somnath Bhattacharya, Bijan Ghosh, Sujit Dutta, Bijoy Prakash Das. Besides, former president Debabrata Chattopadhyay and Partha Chowdhury have been made invitees.

12th March, 2022

Veteran scribe TN Roy felicitated at AGM

District secretary, Arup Laha, felicitated veteran scribe Taraknath Roy during the AGM.

BURDWAN: A new committee of the Purba Bardhaman District Committee has been formed at the Annual General Meeting on March 6 at the Burdwan Lions Club Hall.

A minute’s silence was observed at the beginning by remembering the members of the organisation, Geeta Ghosh, eminent Singer Lata Mangeskar, Sandhya Mukherjee, Bapi Lahiri footballers Subhash Bhoumick, Surajit Sengupta and others who passed away.  Member Shyamaprasad Chowdhury started the programme with an inaugural song. District Committee President Swapan Mukherjee presided over the function.

6th March, 2022

District journalists submit 5-point demand

President Swapan Mukherjee handing over the letter of demand to the district officer at his office
Bardhaman: Purba Bardhaman District Committee recently submitted a five-point demand to the Government of West Bengal. The demands are directly connected with the interest of journalists.
District president, Swapan Mukherjee, handed over the letter of demand to Information and Cultural Dept officer of the district, Ram Shankar Mandal.
The demands include (1) cashless health insurance scheme for journalists and outdoor treatment; (2) Linking of the form of Laxmi Bhandar of the journalist family with Mavai instead of Swasthya Sathi and arrangements to submit it through the district information department; (3) Inclusion of 60 year old in the pension scheme introduced for senior journalists under government regulations and immediate arrangements for payment of pension; (4) Issuing two accreditation cards to recognised newspapers published from the district immediately and (5) Formulate specific policies on advertisement to keep small newspapers alive with increase in payout.
Mr. Mukherjee was accompanied by secretary Arup Laha, Jagannath Bhoumick, Aminur Rahman, Partha Chowdhury, Mithilesh Roy and Somnath Bhattacharya.

6th February, 2022

Journalism workshop in Howrah held

Mr. Debashis Das speaking on the occasion
HOWRAH: The Howrah District Unit of the Indian Journalists’ Association successfully organised a workshop for journalism students and up and coming scribes near Amta earlier this month.
The IJA president, Mr. S. Sabanayakan, General Secretary Mr. Sekhar Sengupta, secretary Mr. Dabashis Das, senior journalist Mr. Amit Ukil, local unit president Mr. Shyamal Naskar and Howrah Dist. general secretary Ashis Ghosh spoke on the occasion.
Delivering his keynote address, Mr. Sabanayakan told the audience that print journalism is still alive and active. “People by and large believe in the news appearing in dailies and magazines at a time when visual media has been making a terrific impact in the lives of people. To prolong the life of print media and to curb the influence of social and visual media, print journalists should focus on facts, figures and in depth analysis to keep the readers engaged to their work,” he informed the gathering.
Secretary Debashis Das, who is also the chief reporter of Dainik Statesman, a Bengali daily from the house of The Statesman, focussed his attention on coverage of election news. West Bengal is going to assembly elections later this month.
General Secretary Mr. Sengupta informed the house of IJA’s Centenary celebration plans as the august body will be entering into its 100th year on June 22, 2021. Mr. Ukil spoke on the role of journalists in developing and shaping a society
The students and  budding journalists put forward a number of probing questions to the speakers in which the most engrossed session was on how to tackle the spread of fake news.
Mr. Ashis Ghosh proposed a vote of thanks.
Enthusiastic audience

Enthusiastic audience

21st March, 2021

Swapan, Arup Laha take charge

BARDHAMAN: Veteran journalist Swapan Mukherjee and young and energetic Arup Laha took charge of the Bardhaman District Unit of the IJA as its President and General Secretary respectively.

The District Unit had its first Executive Committee meeting at Hotel Mrigaya on Sunday where the State President, S. Sabanayakan and General Secretary Sekhar Sengupta were invited to attend. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sabanayakan urged all district units of IJA to actively participate in celebrating the IJA’s centenary year beginning June 22, 2021. Mr. Sengupta laid out the centenary plans and stressed the importance of the district units in taking the celebrations forward.
Messer Taraknath Roy (NEC member), Swapan Mukherjee, Arup Laha and Jagannath Bhowmick spoke on the occasion.

Mr. Swapan Mukherjee led a team to meet the local district administration to submit a memorandum demanding a vaccine for COVID-19 for working journalists, among other demands to safeguard journalists during assembly election coverage.




21st March, 2021

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