Punjab’s media baron gets Padma Shri
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
It’s a matter of great pride and honour for all Punjabis to know that renowned veteran-journalist, educationist. Jagjit Singh Dardi ( Editor- in-Chief Daily Chardikla, Chairman- Chardilkla Time T.V. & Sri Guru Harkrishan Public Schools & Colleges), has been selected by Govt. of India for one of the highest Civilian Awards ‘Padam Shri’ for his dedicated services in national integration, communal harmony , exemplary contribution in the field of media, education and promotion of Punjabi language, culture & heritage.
He has begun his career in his teens for the creation of Punjabi speaking state with struggles and sacrifices and has been court arrested in June 22, 1960 for his participation in Punjabi Suba Movement from Dukhniwran Sahib at the young age of twelve years.
He has to his credit 62 years of long experience and has done remarkable services in the field of media. He became the Member of Press/ Media Advisory Committees of Lok Sabha in 1997-98 and Rajya Sabha in 2014. He is member of the Executive committee of the world’s largest body of Print Media “THE INDIAN NEWSPAPER SOCIETY” (INS) since 1988. He became the member of Press Council of India in 2001 and continued his services for 3 termHe remained accompanying member of media delegations of all the Prime ministers of India since 1993 and visited various countries of the world.
Under his dynamic guidance, Charhdikala Newspaper is being published daily since 1970. He has achieved the heights of excellence not only in the field of print media but also in the field of electronic media. He started Chardikla Time T.V. channel in the year 2007. Chardikla Time T.V channel has now become one of leading Punjabi satellite channels globally.
Live Telecast daily from of the holy shrines i.e. Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, Hemkunt Sahib, situated at the height of 15000 ft. in the Himalayas and from Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib, Bihar for the welfare of humanity and for spreading the message of Gurbani to millions of viewers all over the world and continues to telecast live till date.
Due to the glorious history of more than 50 years for serving the cause of patriotism, language, culture, moral values and Indian heritage amongst its readers and viewers across the world. Chardikla Time TV has gained creditability and global presence on all the available DTH, Cable, OTT and Social media platforms and has become one of the best and top ranking Punjabi channels of India and has acquired immense popularity around the globe.
Acknowledging selfless services of Jagjit Singh Dardi for the Sikhism, Punjab, Punjabi language, culture and heritage, he has been honored by all the highest temporal seats of the Khalsa Panth, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib and Sri Damdama sahib, Takhat Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib has bestowed upon him the title of “BHAI SAHIB”.
Besides being a renowned journalist, he is also Chairman of chain of educational institutions in Patiala with the aim to spread quality education to the masses and inculcate the sense of moral values amongst the new generation.
Due to his exceptional services, he has also been bestowed upon with the title of Shiromani Patarkar Award by President of India K.R. Narayan ji in 1998, Shiromani Sahitkar Award by Govt. of Punjab in 1992. He has been honored by World Punjabi Conferences in Canada in 1989 and U.S.A in 1997.
In recognition of his exceptional services, he is going to be bestowed with the prestigious PADMA SHRI AWARD by the President of India ‘Ramnath Kovind ’ on the occasion of Republic Day of India.