Location: Delhi, India
We are joined by Senior Journalist and Author, Mr. Kishalay Bhattacharjee, who is the founder-director of Reachout Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan foundation whose main goal is to work on issues around stereotype and discrimination by empowering entry-level journalists. Mr. Kishalay has been with broadcast television for more than twenty two years, seventeen of which he spent at New Delhi Television (NDTV) where he was a Resident Editor covering conflict in India’s North-East as well as in the Maoist corridor. He is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award (2006-07) which he was awarded for his coverage of internally displaced people, a Panos Fellow for HIV/AIDS (2007) and an Edward Murrow Fellow in Journalism (2006). As a film maker, Mr. Bhattacharjee has made several documentaries one of which, “Santi, Lucy and Thoibi” was screened at international festivals in Goa and Barcelona.
Mr. Kishalay Bhattacharjee mentions a few things he loves about Manipur. He is fascinated by the mixture of different cultures, particularly the traditional entities that have a touch of modernism. We discuss in brief about his two books – “Che in Paona Bazaar” and “Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters”. In this interview, Mr. Kishalay Bhattacharjee reveals a horrifying underground activity which is apparently still in practice. His second book contains confessions from army officers and it is sure to shock you if you don’t already know! Why it has not been circulated by the media at large or why it has not become a controversial issue is unknown and rather very surprising. You be the judge!
Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.