We should avoid seeing bad: Dr Nanda

Media professor Dr Varkita Nanda in the online lecture series ‘Stree Shakti Samvad’ of MCU on ‘Jail and Media’

Bhopal, 21st June, 2020: ‘We should see the bad where there is needed to notice it. We should see the positive things. If we continue to see the bad, we will not be able to do good.’ Media professor Dr Vartika Nanda said this in online lecture series ‘Stree Shakti Samvad’ today, organised by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal.

Dr Nanda, who is famous for her work on welfare of prisoners, has been a crime reporter in electronic media.

On her lecture on ‘Jail and Media’, she shared her experience of launching Tinka Tinka, a movement for jail prisoners. She said she gave up her approach what she continued to follow in media and had dialogue with prisoners without any prejudice. Life in jails is difficult and full of pressure. There are many in jails who have not committed any crime. There are many other prisoners who have committed crimes and they regret. She had sympathy with all such prisoners. But, in the jails and outside, there are many people who have committed crimes but do not regret. We should not have sympathy with them.

Dr Nanda said corona made us felt the jail life and we should not forget it. She said whoever need justice, must be helped. But we should not publicise it. Many prisoners want to share their creativity with the outside people. Some women prisoners drew pictures and penned poems.

Sharing her experiences, Dr Nanda said the life taught her that we should speak less and should be seen less if we want to take a big task. She suggested that one more ‘H’ – humanity, should be added with five W and one H – what we are taught in basics of journalism. As a journalist, one should maintain secrecy and follow commitments. Home work should be done before taking interview.

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