There is no denying he has considerable talent but equally important is that he made one and all laugh not through one-liners and punch lines but meticulously scripted and witty scenarios. Comedy as a political tool is not just for laughs. The power of comedy to provide voices where once voices were marginalized or make others laugh about the absurdity of reality is a great achievement and of course great entertainment.
Anubha Bhonsle is an award-winning journalist, reports on gender, conflict and it's intersection with development. She has a body of work from Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur on human rights and gender. Anubha has reported on strifes across the country. A recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for her documentary on the funding of political parties (Paisa, Power and Politics), she was given the Chameli Devi Award for Outstanding Woman Media Person in 2014 for a body of work that ranged from the aftermath of riots in Muzaffarnagar as well as her work from Kashmir and Manipur. The Mumbai Press Club gave her the Red Ink Award for her documentary titled, Kashmir-After Afzal. The Jury at the New York Film Festival has commended her reportage from Manipur, on the impact of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act AFSPA). Anubha is the 2015 Fulbright Humphrey scholar based in Washington DC. Her first book, a work of non-fiction, ‘Mother, Where’s my Country’ releases in December, 2015.
The so-called disgust for the Indian media in Nepal that triggered a hashtag, #GoHomeIndianMedia, for about 24 odd hours was certainly not expressed by the men and women I met in the villages close to the epicentre, or even those I interrupted while they were pulling out a large rice drum from the collapsed rubble of their house in Kathmandu. But on my return one of the first things I'd say is that a strong dose of introspection by the media is needed.
05/05/2015 4:04 PM IST
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