Aswani Sarin-my real hero


I still remember the film Kamla for it’s powerful and bold storyline.Later, I discovered that the film was based on the path-braking investigative reporting by Journalist Aswani Sarin.I also mesmerized by the powerful acting of Sabana Azmi and Dipti Naval.But,when I read the actual series,Aswani Sarin became my real hero.Actually, in investigative reporting,deception plays a major role.In the case of Aswani Sarin,he approached the slave traders to buy a girl to prove that slave trading was thriving in the country.According to expects,if sarin didn’t approach the slave traders to buy a girl,they wouldn’t sell him one either.It might be a breach of media ethics but as an investigative reporter,I often asked myself then how I expose someone who is in murky world.
Ashwini Sarin was the Delhi-based Indian Express reporter who ‘bought’ Kamla at a market place in Dholpur to make a strong social statement – money can buy anything.But its another matter that no body knows what had happened to Kamla after that(Kamla was sent to an orphanage in Delhi, from where she disappeared after few weeks).But hats of to Indian Express editorial team to allow Sarin to carried out the story.

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About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

Posted on January 10, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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