Please join us for a talk by Ravish Kumar, one of India’s most well-known TV journalists, on the state of the news media in contemporary India. Ravish’s lecture, titled “What is National about the National Media?”, shall be followed by an open discussion, moderated by Professor Sudipta Kaviraj [MESAAS, Columbia University]. Please note that while Ravish’s talk will be in Hindi, printed translations of the text of the lecture will be available at the venue. Real time translation shall also be provided.

The lecture is scheduled to be held on Friday, October 26th, at the Heyman Center for the Humanities (Seminar Room, 2nd Floor), at 2:00 PM.

Ravish Kumar is an Indian TV anchor, writer and journalist who covers topics pertaining to Indian politics and society. He is a senior executive editor at NDTV India, the Hindi news channel of the NDTV news network and hosts a number of programmes including the channel’s flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report. Kumar has authored two books, Ishq Mein Shahar Hona (Rajkamal Prakashan [Hindi], 2008) and The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture, and the Nation (Speaking Tiger, 2018).

He received the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010 from the President of India (awarded in 2014). Kumar was honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017 for the broadcast category in Hindi language. He was included in the list of 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express and named the best journalist of the year in 2015 by Mumbai Press Club. In March 2017, Kumar was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award for his contribution to the field of journalism.