NEHA DIXIT- A promising journalist amplifying women’s voice in society

A reflection of a foreign student

The 12th National Conference of Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) that was held in Hyderabad opened the door of opportunities for various perspectives in the sphere of Mass Media and Journalism for many young volunteer journalists. Having more than 300 members across the country, the NWMI is a 14 years old association that seeks to provide forum for women in media professions  to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote gender equality within the media as well as society. The Conference’s focus this year was on ” Gender and Media: Continuities and Discontinuities” on what has changed and not changed for women in media over the years. Participating in the three-day conference discussions on diverse issues such as tribes, media law and gender in media challenged me deeply. Of the several journalists gathered there, one of the brightest, intelligent and most outstanding journalist, who created an enormous impact on me, was Neha Dixit.

My initial impression about her was absolutely different. During my research about this reporter, I discovered her to be a risk taking, self-assured, motivated person and after my interview with her, I realized that at the same time she is modest, polite and kind. Finding two different personalities in one person astonished me.

Despite having grown up in Lucknow, and completing school there, she moved to Delhi to study English literature in Delhi University which seemed to me  as an act of courage in her part. As a fact, it is not acceptable to the typical Indian family to send their daughter to study and live far from them. A master’s degree in Convergent Journalism directed her to choose the professional path of a journalist.

What I found most exceptional  about Neha Dixit was the sheer breadth of her interest in developing issues such as gender equality, social justice, defending the rights of women, sexual violence, etc. She started her career after her graduation from Jamia Milia Islamia as an investigative journalist with Tehelka magazine. I realized that being the same gender and fighting for their rights of women was not a simple task for Neha. In order to show that women are as strong as men and have strong opinions on everything including the government, the media and  others such as Neha are responsible for raising the volumes of those oppressed and downtrodden. As she said, ” If I have to write about women’s issues,  it is necessary to understand that women’s issues also have to do with economics, politics and social justice. I think, it may be tough in the beginning, but becomes more and more important eventually as you end up producing your article or journalistic piece. Make the world  understand that it can’t keep underestimating you.” 

Since 2013, Neha Has been working as an independent journalist writing for the New York Times, Al- Jazeera, Outlook magazine, Foreign Policy, Caravan, Himal South Asia and several other national and international publications. I also got deep impression from her description of the resistance of people to fight injustice, stressing that it is far greater than anything else; that resistance is their strength  and power. That is what keeps people going, including herself. That’s why reporters should continue to keep reporting, she says , because eventually , people are also resisting the same injustice that journalists are trying to fight through their writings and reports. The unfailing resistance of people for their rights constantly motivated and pushed  her to produce great articles over the years, she said. The stories ” Lost children of  the Prophet”, “Operation baby lift”, “Shadow lines” which are landmark achievements in her career, have received a widespread acclaim, with PII-ICRC Award,  UNFPA – Laadii Media Award and others. A remarkable number of her reports are evidence of her unstoppable struggle against sexual harassment, gender inequality, women’s rights and social justice. It is essential to note that, the number of awards she has received every single year are the proof of her hard work and her commitment to the nation and humanity.

I think that in future this self-motivated, far-sighted, driven person, Neha will continue to set up justice in the community with her stories and reach better destinations. When I asked her for her advice to young journalists, she said, “Always learn to enjoy the work you are doing. And never lose hope, never become cynical, negative or pessimistic. Because a lot of people only survive on the hope that things will get better for them.”

I believe that India should be proud of possessing such a courageous and ambitious journalist, who always keeps challenging herself, and at the same time keeps challenging others around her. As for me, a fresh volunteer journalist who came to study in India, the first interview I did was with Neha Dixit- an experience which not only showed me the initial steps to my future job, but also awakened an understanding of the real essence of our job.

I am very grateful to the Department of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University  for giving me the privilege and opportunity to interview the strong, self-confident and promising reporter Neha Dixit, for she is a reporter who managed to entirely change the conceptions of one common foreign student. 

 

 

Some people don’t believe in heroes, they have never met my DAD

my dad
my dad

Today, when I am going to tell about father’s in the world, the main question which I want to ask from majority are -Who is father for  us ? What is his role in our life? How much do they matter? How much we need him? What is the place of the father in the physical and psychological growth of children? and etc  make us rethink about their roles in our life.

Father…..Father’s are like mothers- irreplaceable. There is no doubt that mothers play an all-important leading role in the lives of their children. They are obvious heroes of children rearing. But what about fathers? Just how important are the dads of the world compared to the almighty image of mother? My belief is that, fathers play just as important a role as mothers. They have a significant impact in the growth and emotional development of their children, daughters and sons alike.

All the children are generally  attached to their parents from their childhood. Each parent has a special role responsibility and place. Father is significant in a family life.There are large and undeniable difference between the full families with parents and families with single parent. Fathers are angels sent from the heaven. The only person you can depend on is your father;the one who mortgages his own dreams to fulfill yours-is father! In fact, father is the man of the family; he is the column of the family, he is protector; he is provider and leader as well as father is a teacher an example for children. He is the king of his queen(mother), he is hero. In short, he is everything for family members. He is the one whom he should be-father!

With this in mind, I would like to tell that my father has deepest sense and place in my life. The love I feel to my father is different and huge. The more I think about him the more become my admiration and love to him, the more I want to tell and praise, the more  things want to do for the sake of him, more and more…. While I remember his deeds, his strives and attempts for the prosperity, well- being of children, I assured once more that, he is the best one.

I know him….he is very generous, open-hearted, kind and friendly; intelligent ans smart. I am appealed when he works, earn money and bring all these to his family. He does everything for his children. The first person who he thinks is his children-not himself, not his wife, no any another one. He sacrifice, does compromises his wishes, dreams for me and my brothers; put our well -being first. Particularly, I am astonished the way he gives advises, the lovely and polite way he explains something without lauding his voice, the words he choose to be understandable for us. I never forget the times when he is angry with us or upset, when my brothers specifically do something wrong. Every time when they don’t listen to him and make problems such as with  police or fighting’s and it usually happens when there is no good condition at that moment. I am fascinated how he keeps his anger in any events, doesn’t shout or beat any of them, just maintain calmness and tries to find a way from this situation -definitely at the end he finds it. Because  I know, not everyone able to keep quite when they are angry, outraged and disrespected. How many times his head was down before his brothers and children, other relatives because of the youthfulness of his children, how many times he put aside his pride  before people for the sake of his children- these are features and deeds that not everyone able to do; even not every father!!! Just he!

Furthermore he acquires such characteristics of ideal man that impossible to stay invisible. He has a great patient and he is brave. More, he is foresighted, kind and humble. Even if we are in a sad or difficult times he usually does an attempt to change the situation to humor, giving positive and hope to others. What else I love about him is that my father always support my interests and activities, stimulate you forward. The strong communication with him and firm bond pushed me  to get education and be knowledgeable.

My father- he is a person who lets you  experiment life in your own way and pulls you up when you fall; lets you get angry  on him and loves you more after that; lets you see things your own way and then gives his view point; the one who is with you always- especially when you need him! It is only person who  believes you weather you fall or fail; weather you cry or sob; he pick you up; brushes you off and lets you try again. This is what means love unconditionally! he gave most precious things for my whole life. One is love with sacrifice, the second is education with spirituality. He is my teacher taught me  the responsibility of my thoughts, attitude and actions. Told me the seed of greatness is responsibility. He is a great man!

Countless studies show the importance of father’s role in early childhood and it is now considered to be an important factor in a child’s overall social competence, social initiative , social maturity and the capacity to relate to others. Every child needs an involved and loving father.

All things considered I may tell that life doesn’t come with an instruction book. That’s why we have fathers! My father is my power, he is mountain to lean on, he is my everything. Any time I think about him, his kindly looking eyes and care for me always make me cry and increase my love to him. He taught me the reality of life, he taught me to believe in myself. His favorite sayings “can’t is in the book of fools”; “don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today” and many other quotes he used have been my own internal motivational soundtrack throughout my life. Because of my father I understood from a young age that perseverance and hard work are the keys to everything in life, school, work, relationship.

Perhaps, some of you say that all fathers are like this, kind and protectors to children. Maybe you will be right! But i don’t think so, because my father is different , he is not all. They say ” Becoming a father easy enough, but being one can be very  rough” , ” Any man can be a father, but only someone special be real DAD” , “real hero”.

I love him. I am lucky to have him as my father. I appreciate him so much for being in my life.

 

We don’t want love, we want unstoppable fun…

In today’s world making relationship become so tough and unbearable. It’s mostly similar to cheating because we are ok when there is a communication shortcuts. From the time when majority of the countries accepted “American Democracy”  and of course the impact of new innovative technologies changed the whole world of the people; common relationships like love , friendship, attitudes between parents and children have been modified remarkably. Observing the people around you easily understand most of the things become artificial. In addition to it, many countries government accepted and stated the fact that everyone is free of opinion and has full of rights despite their gender, race and religion. This is the reason why to some extend the attitude to women, their place in society and their behavior have been changing still  and treatments towards them as well. This also has influenced to the  interpretation of treatments or relationships.

Let’s take love, love between boy and girl become so easy and feeling-less nowadays. Seems like inspirable and real love that we read on book and watched on TV is far more different. Before it was so thrilling to see guys doing their best to keep their love, to please them, to fight for them if someone is disagree for their love and even after separating they never change their love  to another, keep  loving the one through their whole life…. Seeing this , you wanted to love… As the name is saying , it was in books …not in reality. Today’s youth are too much careless about their relationship. When distance separating them or when they fight, none side does any afford to save their love, because of  their pride , in this way they fall apart and love vanishes as well. And it doesn’t take long when you see them with another one , another entertainment. Why it is like this? Why it becomes so easy? It is not love we are looking for, only excitement and thrill in life. We want someone to watch movies and party with, not someone who understand us even in our deepest silence.

Not only love, friendship treatments also modified. Who were unseperatable true friends before, now are not talking and  looking to each other. For the sake of business and benefit, own priority one can today trick and betray even long years friendship. And the most surprising fact is that , these friends and lover  couples mostly live, study or are working in the same establishments and when they come across to each other they behave themselves soo artistic like don’t know each other.

The only question that comes to mind every time: why ? why people become so careless, rude? what is the main reason not caring about anything and anyone? It turns out , we forgot what is making sacrifices, the compromises, to invest our time and energy to maintain our relationship last and love grow… That’s why most youth are not looking for love. They just want unstoppable fun, lots of fun, thrilling and amazing experiences that last long. And if we don’t get excitement, bored from any relationship, here we crave, go on to the next one. This is how modern relationships form based on conveniences. Because we think that we don’t have time and patience to long relationships, to develop love. Instead of meeting to face to face, making physical  relationship, we are used to chatting, writing and texting in various social sites. That is also one of the major sources that tremendously affecting to the attitude between people. This, on it’s way producing cold faces and treatments. We start preferring attraction instead of love. And whenever we disappointed or  someone doesn’t meet our expectations, we immediately break up... so sad…so sorrowful. This is the reality of present times.

All things considered , it seems reasonable to assume that love is sacred feeling, and it is not given to everyone. Together with, relationships are valuable, doesn’t matter which kind of. It’s not easy to conquer someone’s heart and belief, once you did it, appreciate it. Don’t use technology as a dating resource, value time and people, as they both precious. Do an afford to make unforgettable memories that makes you live forever in the mind of the people, not just time-pass.