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uS Downgrade: Deven Sharma Becomes an Instant Hero & Villain in Cyberspace NEW DELHI (TOI): Deven Sharma, the man who downgraded US debt has emerged as an instant hero for Indians and the expatriate Indian community on social networking sites but is also facing a volley of hate messages for

in Dhanbad proudly set their status on Facebook saying: “The man behind striking off “AAA” ratings of US is a Nobilian from Dhanbad.” Sharma did his schooling from De Nobili School in the coal belt district of Dhanbad. Sharma and his brother Ravi studied at De Nobili School, Dhanbad. It was on the request of their father, R N Sharma, once chairman of Bharat Coking Coal Ltd and then of Coal India that De Nobili School opened its first branch school, in Sijua, the website of the school said when Sharma was appointed president of S&P in 2007. “It is indeed a good news. I Sharma said that “some of the plans” to still remember Deven. cut the U.S. deficit could bring the nation’s He was a wonderful debt “in the range of the threshold for AAA student,” the school ratings,” And while the U.S. “debt burden website had quoted one does need to be addressed,” a drop from of the oldest servicing a AAA to AA rating doesn’t mean his teacher at the school analysts predict default, just that the risk as saying. “Awesome is predicated to be higher p e r s o n a l i t y, ” s a i d Photo: Lawrence Jackson another another message “destroying the global economy.” on Facebook. Sharma, president of ratings But along with praise Sharma has agency Standard & Poor’s, was been at the receiving end on cyber one of the key players behind space as well. “The S&P and Deven the historic downgrade which Sharma want to destroy your wealth has rattled global markets and and future,” read message on triggered talks of a prolonged Twitter. “Now waiting for the US global economic slowdown. A to make the downgrading a racist page on Sharma has appeared on issue,” said another post. “The most Facebook and it is getting a steady important man on Earth not the stream of messages from proud Pope, not Obama, not even Putin Indians. “ Expect the Unexpected” .... He is Deven Sharma, president read the caption of a wall photo on Standard & Poor’s,” wrote Philo the Facebook page. Ribeiro on Twitter. “You will be a big contributor, But there were some harsh words if the US is able to reduce massive from Indian Americans as well. debt...the world is going to benefit “This Deven Sharma has really from it in the long term,” read spoilt it for the rest of the Indians a message on Sharma’s wall on and the great American dream. He Facebook. just made the Americans hate us Several students from his school more,” a post on Twitter said.

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SRINAGAR (IE): In a cheerful hall humming with voices, rows of young men and women handle calls from irate cellphone subscribers in eastern India in perfect Hindi. It could be an outsourcing centre in Bangalore or Hyderabad. But this

beginning, given the opportunities exploding in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Indeed, planeloads of India’s upwardly mobile middle classes have visited the picture postcardperfect Kashmir Valley this summer,

head of the Srinagar call centre sitting in his office as a steady stream of people arrive looking for work, sometimes young girls accompanied by their father or a brother. My hiring costs are zero. No advertisements, no headhunters. It’s just word of mouth. I get walk-ins every day and most are graduates. A brief training session follows, including in Hindi, and the young man or woman -- hired at a monthly salary of Rs 7,000 rupees -- is ready to take the first call. Yes we get abusive customers, but that is what our job is about, we have to tackle them, says Tahoor, a team leader, smiling as she listens in to the conversations of her colleagues watching A traditional Kashmir shop where two men talk business. Kashmir is now for mis-steps. Some of the callers are recovering from its 15 year political and extremist turmoils. Outsourcing centers and other points of business are opening up in an insurgency-scarred not even literate, such as Kashmir giving a chance for its nearly 48 percent of unemployed youth. a street-side vegetable seller in a small town in is insurgency-scarred Kashmir. making it the busiest tourist season eastern India, part of the country’s As call centres go, the 230-seat since the armed revolt began in massive mobile phone market, office in a run-down industrial 1989. which adds more than 15 million quarter of Kashmir’s summer Hotels and the famed houseboats subscribers a month. capital, Srinagar, is small compared on the mirror-calm Dal lake framed It is still too early, and the gains with offices that pack in up to 3,000 by snowcapped mountains are could be wiped out just as quickly workers in India’s big cities. booked for weeks even though if there is a renewed bout of unrest, The centre, run by Essar Group’s new ones such as the Taj chain’s but the signs that Kashmir’s business processing arm, AEGIS, is luxurious Vivanta have opened. economic isolation is ending are the first of its kind in the region. The streets are blocked with unmistakable. But if the steady stream of 25 to traffic, the shops are filled with It’s not just not information 30 youth who show up at the office customers bargaining for everything technology that is cracking open each day looking for jobs is any from carpets to walnuts. the Valley. gauge, the rapid growth of India’s Kashmir cannot it seems, In a report last week, Mercy giant economy is finally exerting escape the power of India’s $1.6 Corps, an international agency a pull on the troubled Kashmir trillion economy growing at 8 seeking to light an entrepreneurial Valley. percent despite severe problems fire among Kashmiri youth, Over the next few months of governance that have taken documented stories of young men AEGIS will add another 270 seats, the shine off the country as an and women who have launched employing up to a thousand shift investment destination. business ventures in the past few workers. Its executives, many of We are here because it makes years, meeting India’s hunger them Kashmiris who have worked absolute business sense to be here, CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 in India and abroad, say it is only the said Omar Wani, the operations

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Jenny Housego: An Englishwoman Running an upscale Business Out of India By NuPur amarNath SRINAGAR (ET): In her 20 years of doing business in India, if there’s one lesson that Jenny Housego has learnt, it is to have patience. The textile historian by education and textile exporter by profession, after her numerous runins with the Indian Standard Time, has realised that time-lapses are a part of the warp and weft of textile weaving. Yet, seven years ago, when she visited one of her weavers in Kashmir she was bubbling with excitement. In a brainwave of sorts, she had asked her weaver (“begged him literally”) to use a metallic yarn in weaving pashmina. The weaver — who like most of his ilk, likened weaving to meditation — was not biting. A year later, he called Housego and her Kashmiri partner Asaf Ali home. After what Housego recalls as an unbearably long lunch, Jamalbhai got out the gossamer stole, this time, with a little more sheen than usual. And metallic pashmina — the first of its kind — was the next big thing from the house of Housego. But this is fast forwarding the Kashmirloom and Jenny Housego story by two decades. It all unfolded in London where Housego enrolled for textiles in the Victoria and Albert Museum, a department she headed years later. For someone who has written two books on Iranian tribal rugs and bridal durries of India, as well as sundry articles on textiles, launched two textileexport companies, and adopted a village of weavers in Haryana and Bengal, textile was not her first choice. “It was ceramics,” she confesses. Grudgingly, she started her course, convinced that she would hate it. “But I found myself falling in love with textiles and the stories they had to tell,” she says. The love affair continued when she went to pre-revolution Iran with her ex-husband journalist David Housego. She extensively travelled in Iran and became an

expert on Persian rugs, an expertise that would later form the basis of her friendship with Ali. In fact, her book Tribal Rugs is a must-read for anyone researching on Persian rugs.

Jenny Housego is English, a textile historian, a member of the Textile Department at Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Thanks to David’s travelling job, she later lived in London and Paris. But the game-changer was David’s marching orders for India. She moved to India in 1989, never to return. Here, Housego converted her love for textiles into business. When a friend from France gushed over some organdie curtains with patti ka kaam saying “they will be huge in France”, Housego went to Rampur in search of the craftsmen. A deal was struck and delivery time set.Delayed order, shipment hassles and many hurdles later, to cut a long story short, the products reached New York to great reception. Soon, David too joined the business and in 1997, Shades of India — a home-products company that would export Indian-inspired home furnishings to the western market — was set up. From her first exhibition in Paris’ Maison & Objets to taking her girls (craft workers) abroad to single-handedly driving out eunuchs from her new Lado Sarai office in New Delhi, Housego cut her business teeth

here. Housego in collaboration with Ali that left her left side paralysed,” Shades set up a production unit in and his brothers Hamid and Zahid Ali recalls spending endless nights Dhaula in Haryana that employed in Kashmir travelled there and met at the hospital in Delhi and London. 250 women. “Women are tougher the weavers. And soon a supply It was then that a luxury company than you think and really rose up chain started forming. touted as the world’s best scarf to the challenge of producing maker called with an order for quality work,” she says. But she the company’s cashmere stoles was looking for higher quality for their brand. This was the something that would make it proverbial silver lining they possible to feed the demands needed. of foreign buyers at a good Today, Housego’s back price, and make a profit too.”My and her enthusiasm is intact. standards of quality and timing, I Currently she’s in Kashmir — to learnt, were unrealistically high. I escape the heat and devise a new have tempered down since,” what collection. Always a hyperactive she calls, “losing my ferocity”. person, she confesses to not Competition came in the having an easy life. “When I form of copiers. “It’s difficult to came to India someone had told copyright designs in India. We me not to jump up and down as have patents for our designs in the ground here shifts like the Europe and the US but in India sand. But I would get used to it,” the file keeps circulating,” Ali, she says. “Today, I find myself her business partner, says. shifting with the sands.” And If anyone had to be destiny’s she has got used to it. child, Housego can stake that Jenny is English, a textile claim. Even her meeting with historian, at one time a member Ali, then a 17-year-old carpet of the Textile Department at the seller from Kashmir, was by Victoria and Albert Museum in chance. “I had gone peddling London. my Persian rugs at the British She has lived in Delhi for High Commission,” Ali recalls. the past twenty years, and Housego was there. And she spends much of her time in refused to accept that one of the Kashmir, working with her carpets was an ancient Persian partners and their talented team rug. A small argument later, a sad of craftsmen. Ali walked away with only two Infusing new life into the carpets sold. famous Kashmir shawl- making But this was not the end. tradition, they produce a unique Later, she called Ali to get This design is attributed to the collection of Lena cashmere some more carpets, this time for Shahsavan tribes of Azerbaijan, early and fine Kashmir wool stoles, herself. “I knew he was honest 19th century. As with many pile rugs scarves and throws. In subtle of Shahsavan origin, it looks familiar if only misinformed,” she says. yet different, with features from both textures and softly harmonizing Towards the end of 90s, Housego Kazak and Persian sources. colours, the team and its crafts approached him again, this time people have achieved superb with a business proposition. “She examples of contemporary asked me to work with the weavers Housego had one mission: to fashion. in Kashmir,” Ali says. And handed contemporarize pashmina and The company develops designs him some wool swatches. make it relevant to the western and weaves in its own workshops A year later, he returned with the market. Kashmirloom categorically in Kashmir. Jenny has inspired her results. And as Housego’s marriage distances itself from calling their team to work in all it does to the ended, Kashmirloom started. “The wool, pashmina (a bad word as highest standards. insurgency was at its peak. Because many fakes and posers exist) and With successful sales in Europe, of constant curfews, we were unable prefer cashmere. In five years time, the USA, the Far East and Australia to even get to the office for days or the company was almost finding the company has expanded to travel to liase with the weavers,” a footing, when in 2007, tragedy include a delightful collection of Ali recalls the difficult times. Yet, struck. “Jenny suffered a stroke hand woven silks and Cottons.

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for everything from flowers to holidays. One of them is Irfan Wani, 28, who returned to Kashmir in 2005 after working as a sales executive for pharmaceutical firms to set up a company to cultivate and market cut flowers such as Oriental lilium, Asiatic lilium, and gladiola. A Delhi-based firm soon became his main client and each day thousands of cut flowers are flown into the nation’s capital. Wani later expanded his business to produce strawberries and highvalue vegetables like bell peppers and cherry tomatoes which have a bigger market outside Kashmir. His KVB Agro Farms, one of the largest agri-flori firms in the region is expected to reach an annual turnover of Rs 19 million

($430,000) over the next three years. Another young entrepreneur figured out that the lack of a cold chain was preventing apple farmers from competing in the Indian market flush with produce from as far away as the United States and China. Khurram Mir, a 30-year-old, U.S.educated Kashmiri, established a 500-tonne integrated cold chain facility for storage, ripening and primary processing for fruits and vegetables in Pulwama in southern Kashmir. He provides farmers with a post-harvest facility to store their produce for 10 months with no risk to its quality. It’s like we are just waking up from a time warp. The last 15 years just skipped us by. Forget the big cities like Delhi.

It is even in next-door Punjab you can see the scale of change, the opportunities available, said Usmaan Ahmad who heads Mercy Corps in Kashmir. Of the large cohort of youth between the ages of 18 to 30 in the Kashmir Valley, an estimated 48 per cent are currently unemployed. In a recent survey conducted by the London-based think tank Chatham House, 96 per cent of respondents from the Kashmir Valley identified unemployment as one of the main problems facing the state of Jammu & Kashmir along with conflict and corruption. The challenge for Kashmir is how does it manage the youth bulge, said Ahmad. It could be a demographic dividend or a disaster.

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Indian Diaspora in Belize, Guadeloupe and Suriname Rediscovers Its Roots By Kumar Mahabir TRINIDAD (CN):“The Indian Diaspora in Belize, Guadeloupe and Suriname,”is an 80-page, fullcolor, glossy magazine is edited by anthropologist Dr Kumar Mahabir, who is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Belize is located in Central America, Guadeloupe in the

percent (7,000 persons) of the population, Guadeloupe, eight percent (30,000), and Suriname, 37 percent (172,200). Belize and Guadeloupe has lost its Indian culture, while Suriname has managed to preserve a rich Indian cultural heritage. If there is one country in the Western World that can be labelled “Little India,” it is Suriname.

Caribbean Basin. Belize has giant in the Caribbean is the fact that with turmeric [curry] and the Mayan pyramids and the world’s early immigrant laborers worked observance of Hosay/ Muharram second largest barrier reef. It has in Belize in the sugarcane, as well [Who-se-me-say]. Indians now a mélange of over ten different as lumber and banana plantations. comprise about four percent cultures, which are concentrated in As early as the 1860s, they worked (7,000 persons) of the multi-ethnic specific areas in the six districts. under the employment of American population of Belize. Gaudeloupe, occupied by the Unlike any other Caribbean ex-confederates. With the passage of country, Belize experienced time, the mainly-Hindu immigrants British for a period of time, was three waves of Indian migration, have all converted to Christianity, restored to France in exchange commencing in 1858. The first resulting in the absence of temples for all French rights to Canada wave of migrants consisted of 1,000 and lack of festivals in the country. in 1763. It is the only country in deported ex-soldiers (and their The only remnants of Hindu culture the Caribbean that has partnered families) who had rebelled against are the special preparation of food the British government i n I n d i a ’s First War of Independence/ S e p o y Rebellion. The second wave of Indians went to Belize Group Dental Specialty Care in 1872 as exindentured Family, Cosmetic, Full Mouth Reconstruction, workers from Periodontics & Dental Implants Jamaica. The CT Scan available for treatment planning. third wave Digital X-rays. of Indian migrants to Grand Opening Special: 20% off out of pocket pay for all treatments Belize left from Saturday Appointments Available. Guatemala, from where General Dentist: they had Karuna Peravali DDS, GPR gone to work (Advanced Post Graduate Training in General Dentistry). in the coffee plantations in Cafe Specialists: Mountains. Dental Implant Surgery: by Jennifer Chen, DDS, MS, Unique to A Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology Indian history Prosthodontist: Aurelija Galanis, DDS, MS


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Pakistan is the third Largest Immigrant group in Far North Norway

By ChiDaNaND raJGhatta OSLO (TNN): It was an eyepopping - and not just an eyecatching - statistic. In the hours and days after the terrorist attack in Norway on July 22, when the world’s eyes trained towards the usual suspects, it emerged that Pakistanis (absolved of the blame,

Why Pakistanis have the wood on Norway becomes a little clearer when you examine the next two immigrant nationalities on the list - Iraq and Somalia (27,000 each). Iran and Turkey also figure at 9th and 10th (16,000) each. In contrast, there are only 10,000 Indians in Norway, less than a third of the

region. Their observations provide a fascinating insight into the drivers of immigration. Clearly, population of countries is just one part of the equation because Chinese and Indians are among the smaller immigrant groups in Norway. From all accounts, immigration to Norway is driven from distant politically and economically troubled states. Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka all went through political turmoil at a time Norway also had liberal immigration policies, especially towards political refugees. One Indian diplomat, who served in nearby Denmark, also pointed out that through much of the 1970s and 1980s, when it was difficult for Indians to secure passports, much less visas, Pakistanis had no such problems, often snagging 2-3 passports. A liberal passport regime Pakistanis play an integral part of Norway’s citizenry and contribute in their home countries helped them to the growth of the nation, here children celebrating National Day emigrate in much larger numbers in proportion to India, which has six much to their relief) are the third Pakistani immigrant population. times Pakistan’s population. This is evident across the world, largest number of immigrants in In fact, there are more Sri Lankans Norway after Poles and Swedes. and Afghans (14,000 each) than including in the US, where the Further inquiries revealed that it Indians. So are Indians reluctant Indian-American population is was an accurate, verifiable FACT. to migrate to Norway? If it is not said to have crossed 3 million, A thinly-populated country of 5 cold enough or distant enough to and Pakistani-American numbers million people, Norway, according stop Pakistanis and Lankans, why are thought to be in the region to its government statistics, has should it inhibit Indians, arguably of 700,000 - about a 4:1 ratio. more than 600,000 (or about 12%) one of the world’s biggest migrant But in many Western European immigrants as of 2011. Poles top groups with a diaspora of more than countries, especially in Scandinavia, Indians are fewer in numbers than the list of immigrants at 60,000, 30 million worldwide? We put the question of the Pakistanis, Arabs, Turks, etc. In followed by Swedes at 34,000. But followed by Pakistanis at 32,000? skewed numbers to Indian that sense, both India and China diplomats who had served in the appear to have been victims of a How could that be?

restrictive passport regime, not to speak of their own domestic economic success. Such one-shot political and economic-based immigration can occur between countries under special circumstances. For instances, Germany’s massive 4 million Turkish immigrant population began innocuously enough in the 1960s on the back of high population growth and

mass unemployment within Turkey and a demand for cheap labour in Germany. The construction of the Berlin Wall had restricted the flow of labour from East Germany so the Turkish government asked Germany to recruit Turkish guest workers. By the 1980s and 1990s, family re-unification rights propelled it past a million, at which point it also becomes a political and electoral issue.

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with a city in India; Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe has been twinned with Pondicheri in India since 1981. From 1854 to 1885, 42,326 Indian indentured labourers were brought by the French government to work on the sugarcane plantations in Guadeloupe. Most of the immigrants came from South India, unlike those of the English and Dutch-speaking countries in the Caribbean who came from North India. About one fifth (9,460) returned to India. Indians now comprise eight percent (30,000) of the population of Guadeloupe. It is remarkable that they have been able to maintain their cultural practices after being cut off linguistically from India and other Indian diasporic countries. During indentureship, Hindu practices were forbidden and conversion to Roman Catholicism was compulsory. Today, most

Roman Catholic Indians participate in Hindu rituals. They sacrifice animals, chant verses in Tamil, play tappu drums, and light candles for South Indian deities. After the abolition of slavery, the Dutch government contracted Britain to recruit labourers from India to work in the sugarcane, cocoa and coffee plantations in Suriname (then Dutch Guiana). From 1873 to 1916, 64 ships brought 34,304 immigrant workers to Suriname, a little less than the number to Jamaica (36,412). Indians (called Hindustanis) now comprise the largest segment of the population (37% =182,040) in the multi-ethnic society. They have established several radio and television stations broadcasting primarily in Hindi/ Sarnami. In addition to cultivating thousands of acres of rice, they have also built the most elaborate temples and mosques in the Caribbean.

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England’s Quicks Destroy India’s Batting for 224 By Andrew McGlashan showed the mark on BIRMINGHAM HotSpot. Sehwag was (Cricinfo) It’s a mark of seemingly carrying the the high standards which hopes of a nation on his England now set that India’s dodgy shoulder, but eventual total of 224 felt a the odds were always few too many after the pace stacked against him attack had made short work having an impact even of the top order, but the if he’s one player who openers reached 84 without often goes against loss to ensure England convention. remained firmly in control However, as India at Edgbaston. The visitors were sensing stability slumped to 111 for 7 before England burst through MS Dhoni rediscovered as Bresnan, who his form with a counterhad bowled with attacking 77 as Stuart Broad nagging accuracy and and Tim Bresnan shared immediately located eight wickets to do the bulk the right length for the of the damage. pitch, was rewarded Andrew Strauss won his when Gambhir insidefirst toss of the series and edged a drive onto leg was happy to insert - as stump. Tendulkar was his opposite number had greeted with the cheers twice done in the series - Tim Bresnan continued his fine form and produced that have followed him but though conditions were a superb delivery to remove Rahul Dravid. throughout the series helpful the pitch was slow and Anderson was and the Indian batsmen mostly 14 overs there was a strange loss of recalled immediately to target aided in their own demise. The direction in the field. Strauss was someone he has removed seven only real exception was Rahul very quick to go on the defensive times. This time, though, Anderson Dravid, removed by a wonderful to Dhoni, at one stage with eight had to settle for a helping hand in ball from Bresnan moments before fielders on the boundary, and the wicket when Broad found the lunch, while Virender Sehwag’s the bowlers diverted from their outside edge and he held the catch return lasted one ball and Sachin successful strategy. As with the at third slip. It was the third time in Tendulkar fell for 1 as England Broad-Swann stand at Trent Bridge the series that Broad had removed it showed the impact of a positive Tendulkar, whose 100th hundred is surged either side of the interval. If it wasn’t for Dhoni this match approach and India were served proving elusive. could well have been over as a well by the captain coming out of The innings was at its low point, contest already, but India still have his shell. Dhoni had taken 16 balls and England will have expected a huge task to keep the series alive to get off the mark, and India were to be batting by tea, but India after Strauss and Alastair Cook going nowhere as the main batsman responded with some gusto. made a significant dent in the total had departed in a rush, but he burst Praveen more than played his part during the final 23 overs. Strauss into life with a string of boundaries with an idiosyncratic innings which reached his first international fifty and the strut so often associated included crunching drives and of the season as the pace bowlers with his batting hinted at returning. haphazard defence. The partnership struggled to make an impression His fifty came from 62 balls and was ended when Praveen top edged and Amit Mishra didn’t pose many included three mighty sixes to a pull off Bresnan, but it again various corners of the impressively needed DRS to confirm the edge problems. England’s quicks, on the other redeveloped ground. after Davis said not out for the Still, Dhoni’s innings only second time. hand, are a handful in most conditions so a well-grassed pitch papered over the ever-expanding Given the ultra-defensive fields and cloudy skies just added to the cracks in India’s batting. It would set by Strauss it was ironic that threat. James Anderson wasn’t quite have seemed inconceivable at the Dhoni’s resistance was ended when at his best, but Bresnan continued start of the series that such a strong an edge flew to the one close man to demonstrate his development line-up (even allowing for the - Strauss, himself, at first slip. The as a Test cricketer - and it’s worth missing Sehwag and other injuries) innings was ended when Cook, at remembering his place was only would have failed to pass 300 in five silly point, managed to cling onto confirmed when Chris Tremlett innings. Sehwag’s return couldn’t a well-timed punch that lodged in was ruled out on Tuesday - while have been briefer when he failed to his elbow. When a team is playing Broad’s resurgence shows no sign lower his hands and gloved Broad’s confident cricket those are the sorts first delivery to the wicketkeeper. of things that go their way. of abating. Yet it wasn’t perfect from the The umpire, Steve Davis, initially home side. While Dhoni and said not out and Strauss was swift Andrew McGlashan is an Praveen Kumar were adding 84 in to call for the DRS, which clearly assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Olympic Champ Anjali Bhagwat is Upstaged by a Rookie Shooter PUNE (DNAI): Unheralded Kumar of Army, the last shooter to shooter Aayushi Gupta fired a make it to the 8-man final, and was world class score of 396 in her eliminated. UP shooters topped the medals qualification round to make it to the women’s 10m air rifle final pushing tally with five gold, three silver two-time Olympian Anjali Bhagwat and one bronze medal , one gold to fourth position in the Gun For ahead of Maharashtra shooters. By Glory Shooting championship in numbers, though, the home state had nosed ahead after collecting 10 Pune on Monday. Uttar Pradesh markswoman medals as against nine by UP. Delhi Aayushi, getting past 392 only once, were lying third. Results: ISSF Ranking was a revelation as she opened with a 99 and then fired a perfect 100 (finalists): before letting out another 99. She then closed her series with a 98 to sneak ahead of Anjali in third position by virtue of her 30 inner 10s as against 29 by her more fancied rival at the Balewadi ranges. In the finals Two-time Olympian Anjali Bhagwat slated on Tuesday, in-form 10m Air Rifle: Men: 1. Suma Shirur, who posted 397 on the opening day of ISSF ranking Parmendra Kumar (Army) 593, 2. event, and Priya Agarwal would Aribam Dicky Sharma (Army) 593, 3. PT Raghunath (Navy) 591, 4. take on Aayushi and Anjali. The corresponding men’s Ramesh Mali (Mah) 590, 5. Ashok event also saw a slight upheaval Karande (Rlys) 589, 6. Fulchand as Parmendra Kumar of Army Bangar (Mah) 589, 7. Chain Singh leapfrogged to the top after Aribam (Army) 589, 8. Bishnu Nag (Navy) Dicky Sharma had held the position 588. Women: 1. Suma Shirur (Rlys) for two days. Kumar and Sharma were tied 397, 2. Priya Agarwal (Rlys) 397, 3. on 593 but the former finished Aayushi Gupta (UP) 396, 4. Anjali ahead as he had 43 Bulls Eyes as Bhagwat (Mah) 394, 5. Radhika compared to 40 of his rival. Also, Barale (Rlys) 394, 6. Gurjeet Kaur Kumar shot two perfect rounds of (NCC) 394, 7. Neha Sapte (Mah) 393, 8. Shweta Devadi (Mah) 392. 100s, and a 99 and three 98s. Maharashtra shooters Ramesh 10m Air Pistol: Men: 1. Omkar Mali and Fulchand Bangar were the Singh (Navy) 578, 2. Om Prakash only civilians in the final of men’s (Army) 576, 3. Vijay Singh (Army) air rifle that otherwise should see 576, 4. Gurpreet Singh (Army) a battle between Army and Navy 575, 5. Deepak Sharma (AI) 575, 6. Satendra Kumar (Navy) 573, 7. shooters. In the pistol events, there were Vipin (UP) 573, 8. Vijay Kumar SM no surprises as those who had their (Army) 573. Women: 1. Heena Sidhu (Pun) qualification rounds on Sunday failed to get into the top eight for 387, 2. Annu Raj Singh (AI) 382, 3. Shweta Chaudhry (ONGC) 382, the final. S a m a r e s h J u n g , “ G o l d 4. Neha Tokas (Del) 380, 5. Rahi Finger” of the 2006 Melbourne Sarnobat (Mah) 378, 6. Sarvesh Commonwealth Games, was off Tomar (CRPF) 376, 7. Sonia Rai the mark as he managed a poor (HP) 375, 8. Lakhbir Kaur Sindhu 369, four shots behind SM Vijay (Pun) 374.


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By Neha Bhatt NEW DELHI (Outlook): Geeta Mohanpuria from Kishengarh village near Ajmer says she “used to be shy... too shy to even step out of my house”. But that was awhile back. Today she’s a hard-nosed, sharp-tongued reporter who chases news stories down on her motorcycle, long black plait trailing in the wind. In the last two years, Geeta, 32, has done it all: hassled men for questioning her occupation, ferried fellow women journalists to remote villages on reporting assignments on her bike, quizzed village menfolk on dowry deaths and domestic violence, even reported on panchayat meetings till the wee hours. With four other rural women journalists, Geeta runs Khabra Ri Potli, a six-page monthly newspaper for women that’s put together in a cosy, three-room apartment in Ajmer. There, over cups of masala chai and biscuits, the group huddles over the latest edition of Khabra, swapping ideas, mulling over feedback from readers and the stories they did and missed. It’s pretty much how a newsroom feels like anywhere in the world. Except for this one facet, newsworthy in itself: the thrill of telling stories is attracting scores of rural women across India; young and old, many illiterate, an overwhelming number from marginalised communities. Boosting this shift is an expanding rural media, where several community radio stations, rural newspapers and outlets for video news stories are taking root, offering jobs that pay anywhere between Rs 2,000-4,000 a month. A women’s collective working on a rural newspaper in Sitamarhi and Sheohar districts of Bihar is just taking wing, another in Ajmer is well into its third year of circulation. Over 15 tribal women in Bastar post live news on an online news portal and across Bundelkhand a clutch of women are emerging as RJs-cumreporters, anchoring programmes for women on a number of local radio stations. Keeping up with the times, a fledgling mobile news alert service in Rampur-Mathura village of Uttar Pradesh has roped in a young girl as reporter, while in Andhra Pradesh, over 50 women have been trained in making short films and newsclips that are regularly picked up by regional TV networks. Some of these stories, such as the one that highlighted corruption in nrega, have even been picked up by national publications. Despite the odds, even women who have always been homemakers are now out and experimenting. Like Uma Yadav, a mother of four in her 40s, from Balkheda village in Bun-

Women in India’s villages have stories to tell. Now they are bent on telling it themselves

The Lalit Lokvani radio station. (Photograph by Sanjay Rawat)

“But six months later, with station popularity growing, fathers were bringing daughters to join our reporter gang...” delkhand. “I’ve been a housewife for 20 years, and when I wanted to join Lalit Lokvani radio station as a radio jockey, my in-laws wondered why I wanted to get out and work now. But wouldn’t you want a job like this, where your voice is heard across 120 villages, and people know your name?” she asks. It’s a feeling 36-year-old Gurdi Punyamma knows only too well, having set a different kind of benchmark for womenfolk in her village, Zaheerabad, in Andhra Pradesh. The mother of two, trained in video reporting and documentary filmmaking by the Deccan Development Society (DDS), has travelled to cover conferences on environment-related issues and to promote her short film on BT cotton and biodiversity across India and abroad. “I like the mobility this profession gives me. Whenever I travel in and around my village to shoot a film, people recognise me. They now call me Madam, and I quite like that feeling,” chuckles Punyamma. She cannot read or write, but manages just fine with the help of the younger, literate girls in the 10-member team. Their films have been screened across the world, a sure sign that the agricultural practices documented have global relevance. “The women have a very collective approach to their work and a strong sense of community. So 4-5 of them might do the camerawork, a few others will edit the film, but everyone’s name will appear in the credits together,” explains P.V. Satheesh of DDS, a former journalist himself. He trained the Dalit women

in filmmaking, and found that many of them were keen to make films so that their issues could be known outside the community. Back up north in Lalitpur, in the Bundelkhand region of UP, 20-year-old Rachna Singh is busy at work at the community radio station. Her eyes light up when you ask what she savours most about her job. “I love editing my stories, putting music to a script. When I watch TV, I look out for interesting music that I can record and use as background score,” explains the anchor-reporter. She seems completely at home in the studio as she readies to anchor the noon show, adjusting the mic, putting on the headphones and waiting for colleague Vidya Chandel to give the countdown from across the glass window. “This job gives me a sense of independence I had never known,” she smiles. Vidya, 20, pitches in, “Most of our friends are already married, but not us. I would rather do my MBA next year and then think of marriage.” Equally ambitious is Prachi, 22, a star anchor at Radio Bundelkhand based in Orchha, who juggles college, reporting on women’s issues and radio jockeying. As any member of the growing community of rural women reporters would gladly confess, venturing into such unfamiliar territory comes with its challenges—whether it’s battling their families, fending off petty neighbourhood gossip or fighting diktats served by the panchayat. “Uneven hours of work, interacting with men about sensitive issues like violence against women, speaking out against the establishment...that doesn’t seem like a woman’s job to my neighbours. My family was fined Rs 20,000 by the panchayat for supporting me, but we refused to pay,” says Geeta. Despite the swelling aspirations, easing rural women into the media is easier said than done. “It’s tough for women here to hold on to their jobs, often they have to drop out because it’s difficult

for them to travel and manage the work hours,” admits Karuna Philip, editor at Khabra Ri Potli, one of the self-sustained rural media outfits. But there’s been positive changes as well. When Radio Bundelkhand was launched in Orchha five years ago with five reporters, women in the region were hardly forthcoming. “But six months later, watching the community station gain popularity, fathers brought their own daughters to us. They wanted them to join the gang...they began to see it as a stable job where they were paid regular salaries,” says Soma Biswas of Development Alternatives. For Mridul Srivastava, station director at Lalit Lokvani,

outfits depend mostly on government and private grants, and earn a little extra through small-time advertising and subscriptions. The ads, mostly from local traders, is often sought through door-to-door visits by the women themselves. The subscription fee is usually Rs 1-3 for the newspapers, and a nominal amount for the community radio station. The video journalists earn a commission for each news clip or film, depending on the duration of the video. The print journalists also publicise their outfits by travelling to each village in the catchment area, dropping off copies where people might take note of their product, like at the village gro-

Cameraperson Suremma is a 60-plus illiterate Dalit who had never even touched a camera before she was trained by the DDS in Zaheerabad, AP.

the challenge was more in ensuring the women reporters faced the least trouble on the job. That said, women reporters have a clear advantage in some areas—if the story involves women, they get to the heart of it that much faster. They can go into houses, interview them, which is not always easy for the men. “Where they face difficulties is in commuting to the radio station from the villages. Many of them have to walk 8-10 km everyday and often parents hesitate to let them travel alone,” says Srivastava. Ask the women themselves and they tell you they are happy to go the extra mile. Last month, when the monsoons came down hard on Lalitpur, Vidya, from the neighbouring village of Baroda, preferred wading through the flooded 4-km stretch to get to the station rather than miss a day at work. “No, we don’t even get a Sunday off,” she smiles. Many of the all-women rural outfits follow the model popularised by Khabar Lahariya —the Chitrakoot-based newspaper that became a trendsetter—package, market and distribute their own products. The business model is simple: the

cery store. The radio jockeys arrange village meetings with women, take along a radio, and play them a live show to make them aware and create interest in the radio channel. Others package and distribute their own publication, like the team at Khabra Ri Potli in Ajmer, who gather at their office the day the newspaper arrives hot off the press. Geeta, Annu, Karuna, Bhanwari and Padma get down to folding each of the 500 copies of their newspaper, sealing 300-odd copies into envelopes to be posted to subscribers. The rest they deliver to readers by hand, and even hold informal group reading sessions in villages for the benefit of women who cannot read. “The entire exercise challenges illiteracy,” says Shaitanu Gurjar, 17, a subscriber from Ajaysar village near Ajmer. “What I enjoy about a paper like Khabra is the variety it offers, plus it picks on news items that I don’t see in local newspapers.” That sums up the gap this budding community of journalists seeks to fill, perhaps even as they are hot on the heels of the next big breaking news at the heart of India’s hinterland. Besides themselves.

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