November 12: Public Service Broadcasting Day

Every year 12 November is celebrated as Public Service Broadcasting Day to commemorate the first and only last live visit of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. He addressed the displaced people from AIR studio, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

Public Service Broadcasting Day

The day was declared as Public Service Broadcasting Day or (Jan Prasaran Diwas) in 2000, after it was conceptualised by Suhas Borker, Convenor, Jan Prasar.

Prasar Bharati has been given the responsibility of public service broadcasting, deepen democratic traditions and provide opportunities to all diverse communities and cultures.

On 12 November 1947, Gandhi had decided to visit the studio of All India Radio, to convey his message through radio, as he couldn’t visit refugees of Partition stationed at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

Public Service Broadcasting Day 2019: To mark the occasion a function will be organized at the premises of All India Radio in New Delhi.The words, which were spoken by Gandhi on that day, became a treasure and a snippet of the speech is played every year on November 12.

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