Entry type: Single project

Country/area: India

Publishing organisation: ThePrint

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 2022-02-12

Language: English

Authors: My desk, and my editors for editing the story.


Award winning journalist with 6 years of experience in reporting India’s most critical issues–unemployment, gender crimes, human rights, politics, policy.

Born and brought up in a village in Haryana, I fought my way out of the state’s stifling patriarchal set-up to reach the National Capital, becoming the first person to graduate in the family. During my college days at Delhi University, I learnt to wear the lens of English writers to examine the condition of Rural Women. In journalism, I wear both my rural and urban lenses to bring an element of critical intersectionality to my reporting and writing. T

Project description:

This is a deep dive into the lives of Indian youth and how they spend their 2gb data everyday.

Impact reached:

The story was a big hit. It was trending on ThePrint’s website for a whole day. For feature stories, this reach was quite unusual. Policy makers, intellectuals and members of civil society, all shared it.

Techniques/technologies used:

For this ground report, I travelled to the remote corners of the country, meeting young and old people. I interviewed them and brought minute details to write this story.

Context about the project:

The idea came out of one of our editorial meetings when my editor in chief asked us— what is India’s youth doing? What do they do on their phones? How do they spend their data? These were questions of every Indian citizen. But the answers were vague. To get a precise idea of what was happening in not just small towns, but in villages too, I decided to examine the lives of youngsters.

What can other journalists learn from this project?

To pay attention to the smallest changes happening around us to be able to document the transformation of the society.

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