Reportage

THE AFGHAN ROUNDABOUT

As the Taliban began encircling Kunduz, I was interviewing Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani. A scholar, Mr. Ghani was banking on his Pakistan gamble to bear fruit, admitting there was no change in the security situation on the ground despite embracing Pakistan. It was filed after interviewing the President, the second in command in Afghanistan- it’s CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah and many other Afghan players.

INSIDE IRAN 

Inside Iran is an experiential piece from a country one rarely visits. It also focuses on the global and regional politics at play. We discover how despite the lifting of partial sanctions the Iranians have not derived any benefits and accuse the U.S. of playing them. We Interviewed scholars arrested for standing up against the clergy and the former hardliner President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the quest of the intellectuals to take Iran forward.

SRI LANKA: CHASING PEACE

LTTE, the terrorist group in Sri Lanka lost the war but did the government win? This report was filmed in the erstwhile stronghold of the LTTE, Jaffna. A lady shows a picture of her hand cuffed naked husband, surrounded by Sri Lankan army. An old grandfather desperately waits for his grandson to return and the families of the intellectuals describe mysterious abductions of their loved ones for being critical of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

RUSSIA: BRICS- A NEW WORLD ORDER? 

BRICS is trying to redefine the rules of regional economy. Russia though seems more interested in using it to counter the U.S. The report has been filed from Moscow after attending ‘Çivil BRICS Forum’ and speaking to a range of experts.

MYANMAR: DEMOCRACY – OUR CAUSE

A 40 minute piece, this was filed at a time Aung San Suu Kyi was still under house arrest. I went undercover to meet the victims of Junta’s atrocities- raped women, mothers who lost their sons and underground student revolutionaries.

ROAD TO RANGOON

I accompanied India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh  in 2012 to Myanmar and filed a half hour report on India and Myanmar’s relationship and the change in the state post Suu Kyi’s release. I also visited the Indo-Myanmar border areas held by anti India extremists and discovered how the weapons these men used came from China.

ENDGAME AFGHANISTAN

End game Afghanistan is a 40 minute piece from AFPAK shot in 2013. Sadly, the web link isn’t available. Here are the links to some of the reports filed during this visit.

 

AFGHANISTAN ON THE RUN

The focus of this report is the external and internal migration. Intrigued about why workers from countries like India and the Philippines are flocking to the war zone as Afghans leave.  It also narrates the story of a former Taliban soldier- a changed man.

THE FALL OF KUNDUZ

A few months after the interview of Ashraf ghani, Kunduz had fallen.

We returned to Afghanistan to cover the story and spoke to a range of stakeholders including the defence minister of Afghanistan. The report also looks at the talk of the talks with the Taliban through China. To find out what does the Taliban want, we interviewed Syed Akbar Agha, a Taliban leader and the cousin of Mullah Muhammad Syed Tayyab Agha, former chief of staff of Mullah Omar and then the chief negotiator of Taliban’s Qatar office.

SRI LANKA: A BRIDGE TOO FAR

I accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in March 2015 and revisited Jaffna. This report focuses on India and Sri Lanka’s relationship.

BANGLADESH: A DIVIDED BLOODLINE

In 2015, PM Sheikh Hasina’s government started the trail of men responsible of killing thousands in the 71 war. It is in this backdrop that the rationalists began protesting against what they called growing radicalisation of the youth in Bangladesh. We met families of killed bloggers, writers under threat and students of Islamic schools known as Madrasas to explore the widening chasm between the radicals and the liberals in Bangladesh.

INDIA-PAKISTAN: BUSINESS UNUSUAL

The theme of this report was to look at the benefits of trade between India and Pakistan. And what a score it was. The ratings of the show shocked the network. A whopping 98.5 % of viewers tuned in to watch it.

BHUTAN: IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

A look at the fairy tale wedding of Bhutan’s king Jigme Wangchuk of the Wangchuk dynasty and Bhutan’s unique “Gross national Happiness” product.

NEPAL: POWER AND PREJUDICE

Nepal’s new constitution evoked protest by minorities in territory bordering India.More than 40 people were killed by Nepal’s law and order apparatus and the protestors blocked the supply route. Nepal’s PM blamed India for backing it. The report looks at this difficult relationship and exposes the deep discrimination the ethnic Madhesis face at the hands of the hill elite.

VEDANTA VS THE TRIBALS

A few tribals in the Niyamgiri range defeated mining giant Vednata. In a local referendum the Dongria tribe voted against the mining of bauxite. We travelled to all twelve villages deep in the Niyamgiri range to cover the voting. The range is in one of the poorest areas of India- the KBK or Kalahandi Bolangir Koraput belt. The success of James Cameron’s block buster “Avataar” generated immense interest in the story across the world.

DECODING KEJRIWAL

In 2013, India saw a wave of protests against corruption. It was led by Corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal. This report looks at Arvind Kejriwal now donning a politician’s hat. {he is now the Chief Minister of Delhi and a major political contender to the powers that be in upcoming state elections]

DUBAI: TRAPPED IN A DESERT STORM

This award winning report exposes the plight of the workers of the Indian sub continent working in the UAE.