Three Indian journalists: What we take back with us to India



As part of the ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ initiative, three Indian journalists were invited to come to Copenhagen to meet the Danes and experience their culture. In November 2012, they had an intense week in Copenhagen, full of meetings, impressions and ideas on how to co-create a better future.

EVALUATION

 

Ms. Aditi Tandon, Special Correspondant at The Tribune, found the Danish education system genuinely interesting and wanted to bring back to India her insights into what she had seen and heard about this:

“I had a really fascinating talk to a teacher [Consultant in danish Union of teachers] yesterday. In fact, she explained that the teachers in Denmark are free to design their curriculum. [In India] we have this huge demographic advantage, but it could become a disaster because our education does not teach children well enough. It doesn’t educate people to get jobs. That is because the Indian education is it very structured and regimented, quite the opposite of here [in Denmark],” she says in this video clip, which was recorded on her last day of the visit in Copenhagen.

Aditi Tandon has 15 years of reporting experience in politics, health, education, human rights, gender, minority issues, environment, wildlife, arts, culture and lifestyle. As Special Correspondent she covers the Lower House of Parliament, the Left Parties and the development sector in India.

 

Evaluating his one-week visit to Denmark, Mr. Shastri Ramachandaran focused on the way Danes make things happen in the ‘green sector’:

“Denmark has a lot to offer, what come to mind, quickly, is technology and carbon free, clean world. But, form the conversations I had with people, it is not about marketing technology. It should be more on how take stuff forward to cooperation. Is about how you can find a base for cooperation. The most impostant thing; the language has to be respectful of the culture, appreciating the social structure and the economic conditions. So that this thing will be welcome and not seen as implanted from the outside.”

Shastri Ramachandaran has an experience of over three decades with leading English dailies as editor, senior editor, bureau chief, special correspondent and staff reporter. Responsibilities included reporting and writing – features, analyses, commentaries and editorials – on national and international affairs. He has been guest editor and contributor to newspapers, radio and tv in Scandinavia, Austria, Germany, England, Nepal and the US. In 2000, he was invited as a ‘Global Personality’ for the Images of the World festival in Denmark.

 

Mr. Iftikhar Gilani is interested in investigating how the Danish “anti-corruption system” can be exported to India:

“As a political reported what I want to take back is how Danish society has isolated itself from corruption. In India we have more members of parliament in jail so it is a learning experience from here. How politicians are in touch with the ground, transparency and administration. Moreover, we need more and more such a program as there are a lot of things that India can learn from Denmark!”

Iftikhar Gilani is perhaps one of the most widely read journalists in South Asia. Till recently he was heading the Delhi Bureau of multilingual Kashmir Times, the widely circulated newspaper from Jammu and Kashmir published from Jammu and Srinagar simultaneously. Currently, he is Senior Assistant Editor in Delhi Bureau of Daily News Analysis, DNA, India’s fifth largest selling English newspaper.

 

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DNA: ‘Denmark, where our politicians will feel like fish out of water’

| Epaper | PDF front page + PDF page 10 | Webpage |



Iftikhar Gilani’s write-up in Urdu language in Inquilab
- a multi-edition paper published simultaneously from 10 places and the largest circulated Urdu daily in India

| Epaper |

Translation to English:
Iftikhar Gilani: What makes Denmark corruption-free



DNA: ‘India at sea in Arctic Ocean’

| Epaper full view | Epaper article 1 + Epaper article 2 | PDF |



The Tribune: ‘Monarchy, Ministers lead the biking craze in Denmark’

| Epaper | Webpage |



The Tribune: ‘Yoga industry grows as Indian spiritualism sweeping Nordic nations’

| Epaper | Webpage |



The Tribune: ‘World’s 1st experiment to battle the bulge with ‘fat tax’ fails’

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More information about the ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ Media Exchange Programme can be found here

Copenhagen Climate Plan (PDF)

More video clips with interviews, speeches and powerpoint presentations – and more about the conferences, which are part of the ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ initiative, can be found here: indiadenmark.in/conferences

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