Media Exchange

Exchange journeys for Indian and Danish journalists and broadcasters

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Journalists in Copenhagen

- in November 2012:

Ms Aditi Tandon, Special Correspondent, The Tribune

Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director of the Sustainable Development Outreach Division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr Iftikhar Gilani, Senior Editor and political commentator

Mr Shastri Ramachandaran, political commentator, Times of India, Sakal Group, DNA



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Related articles

- published by the Co-create Now team:

Knut Gotfredsen: The Danish anti-corruption model

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



- published in India:

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’

| Epaper | Webpage |



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Journalists in Copenhagen

- in September 2012:

Mr Urmilesh Urmilesh, independent journalist, tv host, reporting for Jansatta and others

Ms Supriya Bhardwaj, tv-journalist, ZEE TV

Mr Debasis Batabyal, cameraman and photographer, ZEE TV



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Related articles

- published in India:

By Ms Supriya Bhardwaj and Mr Debasis Batabyal, ZEE TV:

Zee TV: ‘Green Denmark’

Zee TV: ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’


By Mr Urmilesh Urmilesh:


• Global Oneness – September 2012:
Urmilesh Singh: My observations on Danish society and culture

• Co-create Now – September 2012:
Urmilesh Singh: My observations on Danish society and culture

• Co-create Now – September 2012:
Ulrik Haagerup: ‘Danes, you must learn from the Indians: become hungry!’
Ulrik Haagerup, Head of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR, explains to the three Indian journalists – Urmilesh, Supriya Bhardwaj and Debasis Batabyal – his own theory on why, according to researchers, the Danes are the most satisfied people in the world.


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Mini-CVs




Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran

has a Ph.D in Corporate Social Responsibility from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Bachelor of Science from the Delhi University.

She is Director, Sustainable Development Outreach Division (SDO) at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The focus of her work is mainly in the area of global sustainable development and includes interactions with international and Indian organisations, Government Departments, NGOs and the private sector with particular application to the diverse problems of India.

In addition to her responsibility as the Director of SDO, she is the Vice President of TERI, North America to oversee TERI’s programmes and activities in the region and the Convenor of TERI-BCSD (Business Council for Sustainable Development).

TERI-BCSD is a consortium of over 100 corporate members across India, representing a varied section of the industry. It is the regional network of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva and the activities are involved in the development of social programmes for the corporate sector and providing a platform for debate and discussions for an efficient and socially conscious corporate community.

She has been coordinating the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit since its origin in 2001. Now recognized as the sole forum on global issues related to sustainable development, the DSDS series has received expressions of commendation from across the globe and attracts participation from a host of dignitaries worldwide, comprising heads of governments, Nobel laureates, corporate leaders, and ministerial-level representation from many countries.

Given her two decades of experience in sustainable development, she is the Advisory Council Member of Bayer CropScience Child Care Programme and the Advisory Group Member on corporate social responsibility for the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and German Development Agency (GIZ).

She also represented the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India as Member of the Expert Group in drafting the National Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Business.

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Aditi Tandon

Aditi Tandon: About my background

Aditi Tandon: About India of today

Aditi Tandon: About why I am interested in Denmark



Aditi Tandon’s Curriculum Vitae

 

Personal

Father’s name: Late Mr. R.K. Tandon

Date of birth: September 30, 1973

Nationality: Indian

 

Experience

Posting/Role

Fifteen years of reporting experience in politics, health, education, human rights, gender, minority issues, environment, wildlife, arts, culture and lifestyle. Currently Special Correspondent covering the Lower House of Parliament, the Left Parties and the development sector.

Career highlights

Published a series of articles on the failure of the multi-crore child nutrition scheme — Integrated Child Development Services — launched by the Government in 1975; India’s Human Rights Commission took suo motu cognizance of the series and sought explanation from the Government.

Investigated the incidence of deaths of volunteers in clinical trials of drugs in India and the lack of regulatory structures for the sector. Human Rights Commission issued show cause notices to Centre, states. Hearings in the case are on.

Revealed a major human trafficking and child prostitution racket ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Covered the worst floods in India’s history – the floods in Ladakh, one of the three divisions of Jammu and Kashmir state, bordering China.

Covered the longest surviving communal disharmony issue in India – the row between Hindus and Muslims over ownership of a stretch of land in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu Lord Rama. While India’s principal opposition party, the BJP wants a Hindu temple at the site, Muslims are opposing the move since the BJP led a drive in 1992 to demolish a mosque which stood there.

Awarded the UNFPA Media Award for Best Reporting (Gender Sensitivity) in the Country in 2007. It was the inaugural year of the Award.

Awarded a commendation for investigative reporting by the jury of Chameli Devi Award for Best Women Media Person in India 2007-2008

Awarded the British Chevening Scholarship of the UK Government in 2005-2006

Awarded a commendation The Independent on Sunday, UK, for meaningful contributions to the paper during a special attachment in 2006.

Exposed the scam in Joint Entrance Exams held for entry to India’s most coveted technical institutes, the IITs in February 2010.

Covered the Christian persecution by Hindu radicals in Kandhamal district of the eastern state of Orissa in 2008

Conducted a special investigation on top bureaucrats of India’s only planned city state – Chandigarh — splurging public money on their foreign jaunts and claiming return with fake bills; Since the revelation in February, 2008, India’s top anti corruption watchdog, the Central Vigilance Commission has been probing the matter.

Special investigation on the condition of women and children lodged in 10 central jails of India’s wealthiest northern state – Punjab; in 2007

Special investigation into the causes and impact of industrial pollution of Punjab’s main water channels; 2006

Research on honour crimes in the UK as part of the British Chevening programme 2005-2006

Coverage of all general, assembly and civic body polls in India’s most volatile state, Jammu and Kashmir along with all northern states – Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Tracked farmers’ suicides in Punjab

Covered development issues concerning the visible minorities – children, women and elders

Consistently reported on HIV/AIDS

Important published articles

The Tribune

July 2011

ICDS AILING: 5-PART SERIES

Child Nutrition plan ailing: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110722/main8.htm

40 per cent anganwaris lack medical kits: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110723/main8.htm

Weighing children without scales: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110724/nation.htm#4

Anganwari helpers, wrkers get peanuts: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110725/main7.htm

Explain ICDS Failures: NHRC to Centre: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110729/nation.htm#6

Oct 2010

Children for sex: An investigation

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101010/nation.htm#1

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101011/nation.htm

September 22 to October 3, 2010

The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict from Ayodhya

Ahead of the verdict, surface calm in Ayodhya http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100923/nation.htm#1

They want the matter to end at the High Court

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100924/main1.htm#2

Radicals soften stand http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100925/nation.htm#1

We want harmony, say Ayodhya residents

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100926/main4.htm

One petitioner favours talks, another backtracks

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100928/nation.htm#8

Uneasy calm in Ayodhya

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100930/nation.htm#1

Divali for some in Ayodhya….others restive

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101001/main2.htm

Radicals set to throttle chances of reconciliation

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101001/main9.htm

In Ayodhya now, Hindu versus Hindu

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101002/main1.htm

August-September 2010

The floods of Ladakh

February 2010

Mass discrepancies in the IIT system

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100205/main3.htm

2010

General election coverage in the states of Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir

2008

September 3 to 15: Anti-Christian violence in Orissa

2006-2007

The Tribune

July 2, 3, 4, 2007: Women behind bars: Special investigation

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070702/main3.htm

Independent on Sunday, UK

17 June 2007: Honour killings: Father, uncle, brother, killer

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2666268.ece

22 January 2006: Booker author’s snub shakes Indian elite

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article340227.ece

Unicef India

28 September 2006 : Miracle Baby: Day-old girl returns from clutches of death

http://www.unicef.org/india/child_protection_2406.htm

27 September 2006: Child fights battle against her own mother

http://www.unicef.org/india/child_protection_2407.htm

The Tribune

August 2006: Killer Drain: Special investigation

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060828/main2.htm

December 24, 2005: State of World Children Report, Unicef, 2006 http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051224/edit.htm#6

British Chevening website (2005- 2006)

Killed for honour — 5000 women every year

http://www.cheveningprint.com/2005site/homepage2005.html

2000–to date The Tribune Group New Delhi

Special Correspondent

POLITICS/LOK SABHA/SOCIAL SECTOR MINISTRIES

April-May, 2009: 15th general elections with special focus on the states of Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir

December 2007: Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh

February 2007: Assembly elections in Punjab

Jan, Feb 2005: Civic body elections, Jammu and Kashmir

May 2004: General elections (Ladakh parliamentary segment)

Sept-Oct 2002: Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

June 2001: Human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of Agra Summit between the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of India.

2001: Assembly elections in Punjab.

INVESTIGATIONS

July 2011: Crores meant for children’s nutrition siphoned off from the ICDS; Anganwaris failed to deliver goals; used expired medicines; weighed kids when they had no weighing scales. NHRC took cognizance of the reports and called Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry and chief secretaries of all states for an explanation.

October 2010: Children for sex: An investigation into a sudden surge in the incidence of trafficking of children, primarily minors, to feed the booming sex industry ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

February 2010: A four-part investigation on the ongoing frauds in the IIT-JEE system, where the IIT authorities were found to be bending the rules to facilitate the selection of certain candidates.

September 2008: Anti-Christian violence in Orissa – its causes and spread

February 2008: Jaunty babus cost you Rs 50 lakh: How Chandigarh bureaucrats splurged public funds on foreign trips. The expose led to a CVC inquiry and the Chandigarh Administration banning foreign trips of its officers.

July 2007: Women in jails. Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu notice.

August 2006: Heavy metal pollution of principal water bodies in Punjab. High Court took suo motu notice.

March 2004: Discrepancies in selections of candidates to Punjab administrative services. Judiciary stayed all the appointments.

June 2003: Safety scenario in the industrial units of North India, following a fire a Ranbaxy’s Chandigarh plant.

July 2003: NGO scams.

SOCIAL WELFARE

Several campaigns for the rehabilitation of abandoned children and elderly.

ART/CULTURE/LIFESTYLE

Interviews with celebrities from the world of classical music, dance, films, theatre, health and education.

Interviews with dignitaries/professionals including architect Moshe Safdie, Assistant Director-General Unesco A.W. Khan, Iranian Ambassador to India S.Z. Yaghoubi, among others.

Annual heritage festivals in Punjab and Haryana.

Attended fashion communicators workshop organized by the British Council in New Delhi in December 2003. Article feature in the lifestyle magazine “Wave” produced at the end of the workshop.

Sept 2001: Attended the cultural meet of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN), a Unesco unit, at Dalhousie in September 2001.

 

Education

Interests

1997-2000 The Indian Express Chandigarh

Staff Reporter and Sub Editor

Covered former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination trial.

Plight of juvenile delinquents in Chandigarh.

Worked on Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh news desks, editing copies and making pages.

1995-1997

Topper, Masters of Journalism, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana;

1997

Topper, BA (Economics Hons), Panjab University, Chandigarh; 1995

Topper, Class X, St Mary’s Convent, Udaipur; 1989

Travelling, listening to music and singing.

 

Achievements

Internet links to some older articles

2008: Commended by the Chameli Devi Award jury for investigative reporting

2007: Won UNFPA award for best gender sensitive writing; nominated to the State HIV/AIDS Council, Chandigarh

February 2006: Awarded a letter of commendation by the Editor, Independent on Sunday, UK for making purposeful contributions to the newspaper while on attachment with the same during 2006.

October 2005: Awarded the UNDP’s appreciation certificate for participation in Population Foundation of India’s workshop on HIV/AIDS coverage.

March 2005: Selected for the British Chevening Young Indian Print Journalists Programme 2005, funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

June 2003: Environment Journal “Green Hope” published my work on the threat posed to Chandigarh’s green cover by the mango mealy bug.

July 2001: My article on Romas, the gypsy tribe with roots in India, published in Roma journal “Rrom-Po-Drom”.

January 1997: Represented north zone in debating at the national youth
festival, Mumbai.

1996: Adjudged best speaker at the All-India Indira Gandhi Memorial Debate organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi in December 1996.

1987-1991: Best speaker of St Mary’s Convent School, Udaipur, Rajasthan, for four consecutive years (Class IX to XII).

1991: Captained the school house.

Conducted a comparative study of newscasts on Zee & Doordarshan as part of the Masters in Journalism course at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab.

Jammu and Kashmir

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010714/windows/main1.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040711/spectrum/main4.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20021019/windows/main2.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041107/spectrum/main1.htm

Wildlife/Environment

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040502/spectrum/main1.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030628/windows/main1.htm

Visible minorities

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041121/spectrum/main1.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051224/edit.htm#6

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050727/edit.htm#6

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060405/edit.htm#6

Culture/Arts

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051119/saturday/main1.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20031115/windows/main1.htm

 

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Iftikhar Gilani

Iftikhar Gilani: About my background

Iftikhar Gilani: Learn from India how cultures can co-exist

Iftikhar Gilani: About why I am interested in Denmark



Iftikhar Gilani’s Curriculum Vitae

Iftikhar Gilani perhaps one of most widely read journalists in South Asia. Till recently he was heading the Delhi Bureau of multi-lingual 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. He has headed the Political Bureau at Tehelka.com and its financial daily “Financial World”.

He was also the Special Correspondent (India) for Daily Times, an independent and mainstream English newspaper of Pakistan, published from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. Gilani also covered India for Urdu Service of Radio Deutche Well (DW), German Radio. His columns appear regularly in The Friday Times, an esteemed weekly from Pakistan, Urdu daily Inquilab (India), Daily Dunya (Pakistan), and in Weekly Kashmir Life, published from Srinagar (Kashmir).

He has worked with various national newspapers in India like Indian Express and The Pioneer. He has also participated in a research project on “Insurgencies in South Asia”. Gilani was conferred the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Media’ by the government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2010. Author of 2005 Penguin book ‘My Days in Prison’. Urdu translation of his book won India’s prestigious Sahitiya Akademi award, the highest literary prize, in 2008. A visiting fellow of Dart Centre, Australia, a project of Columbia University of Journalism, Iftikhar Gilani has been deputy chairman of Indian Parliament’s Press Advisory Committee and also vice-president of the Press Association of India. Currently, he is also a Trustee of Delhi Centre for Media Research and Publication Trust and member, national executive of Delhi Union of Journalists. Having several research papers to his credit, he is also an external discussant at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), a premier security thin-tank in India and research advisor at Centre for Land ware Studies (CLAWS), a strategic think-tank.


Detailed Resume

Personal Information
Date of Birth 09-07-1967
Place of Birth Sopore (Jammu and Kashmir)
Marital Status: Married

Employment History
Current position:
Senior Assistant Editor DNA


Past position:
Chief of Political Bureau Financial World, an upcoming daily of Tehelka
Group of newspapers
Bureau Chief (Delhi) The Kashmir Time
Multi-edition and largest circulated English newspaper of Jammu and Kashmir.
Special Correspondent (India) Daily Times, Pakistan
An Independent and largerly circulated English newspaper of Pakistan
Columnist The Friday Times, Lahore
Weekly Kashmir Life, Srinagar
Sahara Times, Delhi
Contributor Urdu Service of Deutche Welle (DW) German broadcaster, Bonn
Contributor Khabrain Group of Newspapers
Special Correspondent (India) The Nation and Nawaiwaqt Group, Pakistan

1998-2002
Senior Sub Editor, 1996-1998 The Pioneer
Sub Editor 1994-96 Indian Express
Sub-Editor cum Staff Correspondent Feature and News Alliance (FANA)
A multi-lingual feature agency
Sub-editor 1990-91 MIDDAY, Delhi’s local newspaper
I have also contributed to The News International feature section occasionally, 1992-95.

Academic Positions;

1. B. Sc from University of Kashmir

2. P. G, Mass Communication and Journalism
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
India’s national institute for training, teaching and research in mass communication

3. Second position in Diplomatic Reporting Course
Foreign Services Institute (FSI) arranged by Ministry of External Affairs

4. Certificate Course in Parliamentary Reporting
Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Tranining (BPST), Parliament House.

Appreciation course in Radio Journalism, organised by Radio Deutche Well (DW), German Radio in Bonn. The course involved handling and recording from modern equipments and use of studio and software.

Research Papers:
(i) History of Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir 1947-1989 for South Asia Policy Network Analysi (SAPNA).

(ii) Why Kashmir Erupts—Empowering People
For Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA, a premier think tank of India.

(ii) Law and Lawlessness against Press in Jammu and Kashmir—A study on Press Freedom, for South Asia Media Monitor

(iii) Advent of Cable TV in India—a research project for IIMC

Certifications and Accreditations
United Mass Media Scholarship for Journalism.
PANOS Media Fellowship



Teaching Skills

Visiting Fellow
(a) DART MEDIA CENTRE, AUSTRALIA
A project of Columbia University of Journalism, USA
(b) Human Rights Law Network

Computer Skills: Proficient
Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, Kashmiri

Awards
Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s highest literary Prize – 2008
State Award for Outstanding Contribution in Media – 2010
Represented India at the 2010 Gwangju (South Korea) Asia Forum



Books

‘MY DAYS IN PRISON’ (Penguin), 2006-07 – bestseller

Tihar Kay Sbah-o-Roz, Urdu translation
External Discussant Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on Internal Security
Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA, a premier security think-tank in India


Professional Memberships
Member Housing Committee for Journalists, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Government of India
Trustee Delhi Centre for Media Research and Publication Trust
Past memberships:
Vice President Press Association of India
Member Executive Council Press Club of India
Vice-Chairman Press Advisory Committee of Indian Parliament
Member Lok Sabha Press Advisory Committee
Executive Committee, Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia



 

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Shastri Ramachandaran

Shastri Ramachandaran: We need to have cultural co-existence


Shastri Ramachandaran: An aspect that should be celebrated


Shastri Ramachandaran’s Curriculum Vitae


Shastri Ramachandaran – born 19 September 1953
Present position

Executive Director, National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune 411021 India

Independent journalist: editor, writer, columnist and correspondent.

 

Recent positons

Oct 2010-Jan 2011:     Foreign Editor, Financial World (Tehelka Group).

Nov 2009-Sep 2010:   Senior Editor/Writer, Global Times, Beijing

Apr 2009-Nov 2009:    Senior Editor & Writer – Comment & Opinion, China Daily, Beijing.

Apr 2009-Sep 2010:    Contributor (occasional) from Beijing to Indian dailies

 

Past positions

2004-09:     Associate Editor, The Tribune, Chandigarh. India.

1989-2004: Sr Asst Editor, The Times of India, New Delhi, (Edit Page -10 years)

TOI News Service, Sunday TOI and The Illustrated Weekly of India.

1988-89:     Editor, Sunday Mail, New Delhi.

1984-88:     Chief of Bureau / Assistant Editor, Newstime, Eenadu Group, Hyderabad.

1978-84:     Special (Regional) Correspondent, Deccan Herald, Chennai.

1973-78:     Staff Reporter, Indian Express, Chennai.

 

Experience

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; heading news services/desks/bureaus; editorial management, planning and generating content and coordinating multiple editions; and, designing, developing and upgrading publications and supplements. Hands on leadership experience in all aspects of newspaper and magazine editorial management and publication including on-line electronic systems. Associated with journalism education by way of lectures and responsibility for training, selection and placement; and, was Acting Head of Times Centre for Media Studies (1990-92).

Newspaper assignments enabled my travel to China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Europe, the UK, the US and former USSR, among others, for coverage of events and developments. I also travelled at the invitation of governments, universities, cultural organisations and media institutions for professional workshops, lectures and seminars.

I have worked in China’s leading English newspapers – Global Times and China Daily, and been guest editor/contributor to newspapers, radio and TV in Scandinavia, Austria, Germany, England, Nepal and the US. In 2000, I was invited as a ‘Global Personality’ for the Images of the World festival in Denmark.

 

Television

Written scripts, done interviews and been a discussant on current affairs since 1989.

Concept, proposal development and research for documentary on Sri Lankan film-maker Lester James Peries for External Publicity Division, Ministry of External Affairs.

Jointly wrote script of  8-episode cartoon-based serial, Without Malice, on 50 years of Indian politics. Other efforts include inputs for PTI-TV’s Money Matters and documentaries.

 

Radio

Freelance current affairs commentator for All India Radio until 2004.

Scripts, interviews, talks & reports for AIR and networks in US and Europe, since 1971.

Correspondent, ICRT Radio, Taiwan (1998-2000)

Freelance reports/inputs for BBC, including Tamil & Hindi services, in 1980s and 1990s.

 

Cinema

Member, Film Advisory Committee, Chandigarh Administration.

Associated with films and filmmakers since 1978.

Written for dailies & done TV programmes on International Film Festivals of India (IFFI).

Conceived and coordinated daily supplement for Newstime on IFFI-1986, Hyderabad.

Member, Advisory Committee, Central Board of Film Certification, Madras. 1981-86.

Member, Script Committee, National Film Development Corporation, Madras. 1981-85.

 

Media and related expertise

Editorial management and development: Evaluate editorial conditions, evolve standards, add and upgrade value, benchmark practices and create processes to build effective work situations that maximise productivity of journalists. Lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate editorial staff, and design training/skills-enhancement initiatives.

Launch and re-launch publications, including pull-outs and weekend magazines, of high quality. Ensure continuous adaptation and improvement of editorial staff and processes for set goals in keeping with organisational policies and direction.

Ideate and anchor special purpose publications (including books) and audio-visual productions (including documentaries) on themes, issues, events and personalities.

 

Publications & Papers (Selective)

- Working on second book on Nepal, entitled New Nepal: Challenges and Prospects.

- Working on a book, Road to Peace, on the lessons of the peace process in Sri Lanka. Study supported by India-Sri Lanka Foundation and UN University for Peace in cooperation with International Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO).

- Paper on ‘Role of Media in Conflict Situations’ for Administrative Reforms Commission, 2006.

- Co-author of study for International Media Support (IMS), Copenhagen, entitled Support to Media in Sri Lanka: An Overview of Media Assistance Activities. 2006.

- Conceived, contributed and co-edited (with Kanak Mani Dixit) book State of Nepal published in 2002, Himal Books; result of project for India-Nepal BP Koirala Foundation.

- Presentations on ‘Media, Culture and Globalisation’, Inaugural Conference, Images of the World festival, and at seminar on ‘Linguistic Diversity’, Copenhagen, 2000.

- Paper, ‘Mass Media & People’s Media: Media for People, Peace and Justice’. Published by International University of Peoples’ Institutions for Peace (IUPIP), Rovereto, Italy. 1995.

- Paper on ‘Images of the Developed World’ for Conference on Development Aid in Orebro,

organised by Swedish Foreign Ministry, SIDA and NGOs. 1992.

- Monograph on ‘Civil & Human Rights of Agricultural Labourers in Tamil Nadu’, Lokayan project, Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. 1981.

- Monograph on ‘Dravidian Movement and Brahmins in Tamil Nadu’ for CSDS, Delhi.

- Paper on ‘Conversions to Islam – the case of Meenakshipuram’. 1982.

- Edited monographs for South & Southeast Asian Studies Centre, Madras University.1982-84.

 

International assignments (Selective)

2011 Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Pak-adminstered Kashmir, Swat Valley) at the invitation of the Government of Pakistan for  briefings on bilateral and international issues by senior officials.

China (Kunming, Yunnan Province) for BCIM (BangladeshChinaIndiaMyanmar) Forum meeting.

2009 & 2010: In Beijing most of the period.

2008 Beijing: For coverage of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit.

2007 Nepal 1: For reporting and writing.

Nepal 2: For workshop on New Nepal: Challenges and Prospects; and,

Nepal 3: For seminar on Nepal-India Trade and Economic Relations.

2006 Nepal: For workshop on India-Nepal media coverage.

2005 Sri Lanka: To study national and international media interventions in the context of the peace process for resolving the Tamil-Sinhala conflict.

Nairobi: For the UNCCD conference of parties, including coverage.

2003 Nepal: Symposium on ‘Inclusion in Nepalese Democracy’ of Himal Association.

Norway: Tracking Sri Lanka peace talks & seminar on Nepal peace talks at PRIO, Oslo.

New York: Capacity-building workshop at UN meeting on small arms and light weapons.

2002 Denmark: ASEM Festival & Images of Asia planning and preparatory workshop. 2001 Malaysia: Asian Seminar on Journalism and Democracy.

Sweden: To write on the Swedish political scene and foreign policy.

Nepal: International conference on human rights of Gurkha soldiers in British army.

Sri Lanka: Research for film on Lester James Peries and writing on political situation.

2000 Germany: Accredited to Conference of UN Convention on Desertification.

Denmark: To participate and write on the Images of the World Festival.

Nepal: To interview Prime Minister G P Koirala on the agenda for his visit to India.

Malaysia: To write on the social, economic and political scenario.

1999 Austria: Fellow, Salzburg Seminar on ‘Race & Ethnicity’, and writing on elections.

Hungary: To write a country profile.

1997 Norway: Accredited to cover International Conference on Child Labour; interview Gro Harlem Brundtland on her campaign for WHO chief; and write on election outcome.

Spain: Invited by Institute of Foreign Trade to write techno-economic profile of Spain.

1996 Germany: For a Print Media programme of institutional visits and exchanges.

1995 Italy: Lecture on ‘Mass Media & People’s Media’ at the International University of

People’s Initiatives for Peace, Rovereto, Italy.

Germany: Lectures at the International Institute of Journalism, Berlin.

1992 Sweden: To speak on ‘Images of the Developed World’ at Orebro Development Conference organized by SIDA and Foreign Ministry.

Finland: Accredited to CSCE conference, Helsinki.

1991 Sweden: ‘Journalism and Democracy’ programme and coverage of elections.

Nepal: To cover the first multi-party elections.

1990 Nepal: To cover movement for democracy and constitutional changes.

 

Education

- Advanced Course in Journalism, FOJO Institute, University of Kalmar, Sweden, 1981.

- Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism, International Institute in Journalism, Berlin. 1978.

- B A (English Literature), University of Madras. 1973.

 

 

 


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