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Where would democracy go without good journalism?


Freedom of speech in expression can only be used in the right manner if we have the appropriate information about a specific issue that is of national concern. But, who gives us that base to actually fight, argue and make our points? Media and journalists.
In this time of TRP and capitalism, wherein everything is about profit, it’s hard to find good journalists courage to come forward and use their positions to oust the truth, I am giving you the following list :

who actually want to educate people about the going-on’s in the nation, rather than just constructing click-
bait headlines and writing hollow articles. So, in the honor of those female journalists who have the

1) Barkha Dutt
Padma Shri award winner, host of the award-winning show We The People & The Buck Stops, and prominent journalist in NDTV since the past 21 years, Barkha Dutt rose to fame when she covered the Kargil Conflict from the frontlines and was taped in the Radia Controversy. It’s not sheer luck that brought her to such heights, she is well-educated and has many degrees to flaunt from some amazing colleges and universities. Dutt completed her graduation from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, secured two master’s degrees — Master’s in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia and Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, NYC. Named twice on the list of
100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” compiled by World Economic Forum, Barkha has surely bagged enough evidence of her brilliant journalism.

2) Sagarika Ghose
In her relatively short life span, Sagarika has achieved what most just dream of achieving. A journalist since ’91, she has worked with The Times Of India, Outlook, The Indian Express, and has been an anchor on CNN-IBN. Author of two books and winner of many awards, she is currently working as a consulting editor at The Times of India. Coming from a background of highly educated intellectuals; father an IAS Officer, aunts being diplomats, ambassadors, and justice of the SC, Sagarika herself has a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Magdalen College. An M.Phil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, she is surely very well-educated.

3) Madhu Trehan
Founding editor of the news magazine India Today and co-founder of a digital media portal called Newslaundry, Madhi proved herself a courageous journalist when she and her colleagues published “rating the High Court’s Judges in terms of various attributes and qualities” for which all of them were guilty of contempt of court but were excused when they’re presented their apologies to the judges. She
has taken interview of Takub Menon, who was convicted in 1993 Bombay bombings. Madhu is also the author of the book — Tehelka as Metaphor.

4) Gauri Lankesh
The South-Indian journalists has recently been in news due to her murder on the very entry gate of her own house. She was known as a ferocious, fearless and righteous journalist who did fear telling the truth and stating her opinions in the public.She was a journalist-turned-activist from Bangalore, Karnataka and worked in Lankesh Patrike, and her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was famous for being
a critic of right-wing Hindu extremism.
I applaud these women for being so brutally honest with the civilians of India and providing them with the real information without any bullshit. It is because of them that many women dream of becoming journalists.

By Harshikha Kapoor

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