Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Jan 3: Excessive allegations by the media can weaken democracy, particularly when allegations replace proper criticism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Saturday.
"Criticism can help prevent mistakes and enable reveal the truth. However, in recent times, there hasn't been proper criticism, as allegations have replaced criticism," Modi said during the platinum jubilee celebrations of Marathi newspaper Pudhari here.
"The need of the hour is healthy criticism, not allegations."
The prime minister said people looked up to the media to provide good, truthful news as a dialogue was imperative for the survival of democracy.
"The credibility that the media enjoys today also gives it immense responsibility. Pudhari is one newspaper that has fulfilled this responsibility. It has overcome obstacles, persevered and won against all odds during the Indian freedom struggle," Modi said, lauding the newspaper's contributions.
He appreciated the newspaper's chairman, Pratapsinh Jadhav, for highlighting issues related to Kolhapur, especially the issue of toll collection. A few toll booths were vandalised and burnt in Kolhapur in January 2014.
Modi expressed hope that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would look into the matter and also prayed that Goddess Mahalakshmi - whose temple adorns the city - would provide strength and resources to fulfill the dreams of all Indians.
Earlier, Modi inaugurated Pudhari's new building and a bust of its founder G.G. Jadhav.
He released two books "Marmabhed" and "Sinhayan", a compilation of editorials published in Pudhari.
Governor C.V. Rao, Fadnavis, union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu - who are from Maharashtra - were present on the occasion.