New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a commemorative postage stamp on late Shri Purnchandra Gupta, the founder of Dainik Jagran Group, on the occasion of centenary celebration of his birth anniversary in New Delhi on Monday.

IN PICS: Postage Stamp on late PC Gupta

Paying rich tributes to late Shri PC Gupta for yeoman services to the nation by his maverick and brave journalism, the Prime Minister while addressing the august gathering said that independent and fearless journalism is the cornerstone of democracy.

Remembering PC Gupta as true freedom fighter, revolutionary and suave entrepreneur, Singh said Purnchandra Gupta was of the firm belief that the aspirations and sentiments of people of India can be inked out only through newspapers in Indian languages.

"In my opinion, there is a general consensus in our country that no outside control should be imposed over the media. But I am also of the view that the representatives of media should find a way by which objectivity and impartiality get encouragement and sensationalism is reduced," the Prime Minister said.

Speaking at the function, Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, lauded PC Gupta for never compromising with democratic values and independent thinking throughout his life.

Chairman-Managing Director and Managing Editor of Dainik Jagran, Mahendra Mohan Gupta thanked the Government for recognising the services of his father and bringing out the commemorative stamp.

He said his father strongly believed that awareness among the countrymen can only be spread through a newspaper in a native language and talked at length about the latter's participation in the freedom movement.

Winding up the function with his thanks giving speech, CEO of Dainik Jagran Group Sanjay Gupta thanked the Prime Minister and all dignitaries for their participations on this occasion.

The event was also attended among others by BJP leader L K Advani, Union Ministers Jairam Ramesh, Jyotraditya Scindia, Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

JPN