It is hat trick time for Don Bosco Past Pupils in India. Coming on the heels of DB Calcutta alumnus physicist Souvik Das on the Bing Bang Project (LHC), the Booker Prize 2008 winner Aravind Adiga a DB Egmore (Chennai) alumnus and now DB Liluah past pupil is elected President of the prestigious Calcutta Press Club.
Mr. Shyamal Baran Roy (DBL 1980 batch), 20 years with Press Trust of India is currently Principal Correspondent in Kolkata. Roy`s news beat includes West Bengal State Secretariat, State Assembly, Defence, Railways, Diplomatic Missions, Corporates, Politics and Religion.
“This is the oldest press club in Asia and I am its youngest president so far,“ says 43 year old Roy who secured 98 votes more than his nearest rival in a four-cornered contest.
“My agenda is to improve services to encourage more members to visit the club and increasing the club profile in India and abroad,“ tells Roy spelling out his plans.
“A story on the plight of Skeleton Exporters of Kolkata, the decision of the USSR authorities to allow opening of a Ramakrishna Mission centre in Moscow, the arrival of Hillary Clinton for Mother Teresa`s funeral (I was lauded by the American Centre for this scoop) and several Mother Teresa related stories,“ recalls the senior reporter confessing “I have lost the will of late to do scoops for PTI.“
Roy had also the distinction of interviewing church luminaries like Mother Teresa, controversial Jesuit theologian (Fr Dupuis) after the Vatican re-instated him; first Indian Salesian Mission Councilor (Fr Francis Alencherry) as well as first Asian tribal Cardinal Telesphore Toppo.
Roy`s areas of special interest are: Peace, Conflict Resolution and inter-religious dialogue. Being single, he has ample time to engage in social activities as Rotarian (member of RC Salt Lake Uptown, district 3291) and Member of Amnesty International, India.
Maidan Tent Calcutta Press Club
Situated on Maidan Tent, Press Club Path, The Calcutta Press Club is the oldest club exclusively for the working reporters in India. Established in 1945 the Club`s founding members led the movement for the upliftment of the status of a journalist and also for the freedom of press.
Former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi liked to attend the press conferences held at the Press Club. In fact there is a swing still there in the club that Ms Gandhi was very fond of. During the club`s diamond jubilee (60 years`) celebration, the club was graced by the presence of former President of India Sri Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Sri Manmohan Singh.
“This is a club that every journalist of the country would like to be associated with. It is one of the few clubs left in our country with tradition, glory and history,“ said Kalyan Moitra, a member of the club. “Press Club, Kolkata feels like home. It is `our` place where we can be comfortable and relax after a hard day`s work. It is very centrally located as well,“ he added.
The Press Club does social work as well as hold cultural events for its members. It takes part in the annual Kolkata Book Fair exhibiting books written by journalists and other press members. This club is also known for its National Press Day Celebrations where discussions and debates based on media or current affairs are held. Members of the club can also book railway tickets as the club has its own booking counter.
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