On Ravish Kumar
From Jagjit Singh, Los Altos, CA
One of India’s last bastions of free media, NDTV, has been taken over by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, believed to have close ties to Modi. NDTV now parrots much of Modi’s BJP-RSS fanatical beliefs and goals fanning the flames of violence towards Muslims, Christians, and low-caste Dalits.
NDTV’s former executive editor and longtime anchor Ravish Kumar, one of India’s most prominent TV journalists who has reported critically on Modi’s Hindu nationalist policies, is the subject of Vinay Shukla’s film While We Watched, which is being released this week in theaters in the United States.
Kumar, in his unwavering pursuit of truth amidst the challenging the autocratic rule of Prime Minister Modi. Kumar reminds us that Modi has not had a single press conference for the past nine years and is using mass media to generate intense hostility towards India’s minorities. Modi was banned from the United States for nearly a decade for his role as Chief Minister of Gujarat during which time he refused to stop the violence against Muslims.
Ravish Kumar, a prominent figure in Indian media, has consistently been at the forefront of investigative journalism, fearlessly shedding light on critical issues facing the nation. The film not only showcases his journalistic endeavors but also serves as a reminder of the significance of a free and responsible press in any democratic society.
In Modi’s India, where media censorship and press freedom have been contentious topics, Ravish Kumar has demonstrated exceptional bravery in reporting the truth, even when faced with threats and attacks from various quarters. His unflinching commitment to journalism’s core principles has earned him both admirers and detractors, but he continues to be a beacon of hope for those who believe in the power of independent and impartial reporting.
The film “While We Watched” captures the struggles and triumphs of Ravish Kumar’s journey, providing much-needed insight into the challenges faced by journalists who dare to question authority and expose corruption. Moreover, it emphasizes the vital role of journalism in upholding democracy and ensuring transparency in governance.
As we confront the complexities of our times, it becomes crucial to appreciate and support the efforts of journalists like Ravish Kumar, who risk their safety and reputation to bring truth to the forefront. “While We Watched” serves as a timely reminder of the importance of safeguarding press freedom and the need for society to stand united against any attempts to stifle independent journalism.
I urge readers to watch “While We Watched” and reflect on the sacrifices made by journalists worldwide who persistently strive for truth, justice, and accountability. Their work serves as a lifeline in an era of misinformation and disinformation, and it is essential to protect and encourage such fearless reporting.
In conclusion, “While We Watched” is a powerful testament to Ravish Kumar’s indomitable spirit and his dedication to a free, fair, and just society. Let us all stand in solidarity with journalists who work tirelessly to uphold the principles of truth and democracy.
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