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My name is Shagufta Wani. I belong to border area kupwara lolaab valley, Khumriyaal village. I am a teacher in private school of this village “Shah Anwar Memorial School”. When our coordinator Mir Tehmeed told us that Charkha’s team from Delhi is coming, which is working with the media and gives training on writing to youth I thought that my heartfelt desire is fulfilled because I wanted to write for newspapers but did not know how to do the same. I gave an application in my school to participate in the workshop which was accepted. I was a participant in the March 2010 workshop. During the workshop I got to learn a lot. I also went to hanjipura a village 7 kms from kupwara for a field trip. Here I spoke to the village widows and wrote an article on them titled “bewaon Tumhari himmat ko Mera Salaam”.
When I gave this article to Charkha’s Editor Anis Ur Rahman Khan saying that this is my first article and I think you will throw it in the dust bin. Then he replied saying that I shall never do anything like this, even if I would then it would be after it is published. I was happy that I did my part of the job and gave voice to vulnerable widows of the region through my writing.

I received a call from Md Anis Ur Rahman Khan from Delhi in June2010 saying that my article has been published in popular weekly newspaper from Kashmir named “Chattan”. I was very happy and bought the newspaper to see my article which also had my photograph. I never thought I would get a byline I n such a reputed Newspaper. But this was real. I showed the article to all my friend and relatives and they praised me which made me very happy. In Februrary 2011 I again got a call from Md Anis Ur Rahman Khan Delhi that my article has been selected for Laadli Media Award. I was elated. I wanted to go to Delhi to receive the award, but due to some domestic compulsions could not make it. Today on 17th March 2011 I received this ward from Popular Kashmiri Poet Ghulam Rasool Mir Dardpori. I have no words to express my gratitude for Charkha. I feel that in getting this award along with Charkha efforts, are the blessings of those widows about whom I had written and has helped me in getting this far.

I remember clearly the problems I had faced while going for the field visit. I feel that people in the society do not help marginalized needy in their proximity and when someone else goes to help them, they stop them too.
Shagufta Wani, Khumriyaal Vadiye Lolaab,Kupwara, Kashmir

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In Feb 2009, Charkha organized a 5 day workshop in the flood prone area of Darbhanga district Bihar in which I participated. After the workshop I started writing and with god’s blessings, I now write regularly for urdu dailies Published from Delhi, Patna and Ranchi for Quami Tanzeem, for my bloch Keuti.

Other than this I also write for Rashtriye Sahara Patna, Hindi newspaper, for last 6 months. Time to time, my articles have been published in various national newspapers and magazine through Charkha’s feature service. Before this workshop media was a completely new subject for me. It is because of the training given by Charkha that I have become capable of writing. I also create wall magazines for my area in which I give information about government policies relating to the needs of the local marginalized community and bring their problems to the government officers through my newspapers. I thank Charkha for enabling us to understand the problems of the rural marginalized and write about them.  This is the reason why I run a stitching and embroidery centre for women in my area.
Md Shafi Ullah, Pegambarpur Keuti , Darbhanga, Bihar

 

 

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Someone known told me about a 5 day writing workshop. I was very happy to hear this as I always wanted to write articles. But getting your articles published in newspapers lies beyond the capacities of most of the people. And as it is I am a student of 12th class belonging to a rural area, and I could never imagine how my article can be published in newspapers. I was in dilemma as to what would be taught in the workshop, and at the same time I had a hidden desire to have my articles published in newspapers. With these thoughts I entered the City Park hotel in Kupwara distt. Where Delhi based Charkha’s team was present to welcome us. After the initial introduction I came to know of Charkha’s objectives- that it is an NGO which works in a different manner than other NGOs. It works on linking media with rural marginalized and vice versa, and also trains rural educated youth to write on social harmony and development issues, so that they can write about the problems and achievements in their village and bring these stories to public notice via Newspapers and magazines.

Many local journalists had also come to assist and train us. I was really happy to meet, till now I had just heard their names and now I met them in person to answer my questions/ queries. Amongst them was Afsana Rashid from whom we learnt how to write a feature and what are the basics of a good feature? Time to time we got help from Md Anis Ur Rahman Khan from Charkha office Delhi. On the 3rd day of our workshop we went for field trip. Because of bad weather many workshop participants did not come, but my desire for learning and writing motivated me go for field trip. I even went against my family’s wishes for the same.

I wrote an article on a poor old man of village Khumriyaal thinking that when team from Charkha Delhi can do much for us in Kashmir, we are still local people and officers of democratic government from valley itself. Then how can we Kashmiri people lose hope? You will not let our hopes and expectations down in the spirit of democratic tradition while fulfilling the duties of your office. Then tears from those old eyes could be wiped and we can bring a smile on that face. This article of mine was published in Daily Uqab (newspaper in Urdu from Kashmir), for which I thank Charkha.
Roohi wani Hanjipura, Kupwara, Kashmir

 

 


 
 
 

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