The Eclectic Group, which is a leading media and communications house of Northeast India, headquartered in Guwahati, has completed 10 eventful years. Since the past one decade, it has been bridging the gap between the region and the rest of the world, bringing opportunities to the people of the Northeast and highlighting the strengths of a resilient land. In a press meet organized at the Press Club to commemorate the event, the Eclectic Group shared their eventful journey and upcoming plans.
Tanushree Hazarika, Managing Director of the Eclectic Group said, ‘Our goal has always been to bridge the gap between the region and the rest of the world. Even within the region, we know so less about each other. We have tried to showcase our region in the best possible manner. We have also been practicing journalism in a completely ethical and responsible manner. We are also blessed to have an excellent group of associates.’
Elaborating on the editorial journey, Nasreen Habib, Editor of Eclectic NorthEast said, ‘Eclectic NorthEast has always stood for journalism of courage, and believed in the power of the pen to bring social change and give voice to NE India’s marginalized communities. We have also constantly highlighted the achievements of our people to contest the popular image of the NE as a violent zone, while there are issues, there are also success stories, often lesser-known. We have also extended the magazine to have a new digital wing: the Eclectic Northeast website. It represents the changing face of Northeast India with dynamic content in an easy-to-read and visually appealing format.’
Former Editor of The Sentinel and one of NE India’s most well-known journalists, Dhiren Bezbaruah, who attended the event as special guest said, ‘I am delighted to be a part of the 10 year celebrations of Eclectic NorthEast. I don’t think there is any other magazine in this region which can match Eclectic NorthEast in any aspect, be it printing or content. There are a lot of journalists who are good in every aspect but lack the courage. It is thus heartening to see Eclectic NorthEast not shying away from bold stories.’
Utpal Baruah, the Director of UB Photos, who also attended the event as special guest said, ‘We have been associated with Eclectic NorthEast since its inception. A good thing about Eclectic is that it has given a platform to young photographers. In the Northeast, photographers do not get much scope to showcase their work. But in Eclectic, I see the work of photographers, many of whom have been my students.’