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Indian media and caste: why are lower caste journalists missing from newsrooms?

Tejas Harad, Copy Editor at Economic and Political Weekly, and Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute
12:30pm, Monday 24 February 2020
Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HD

Tejas Harad currently works as a copy editor at India’s reputed weekly journal Economic and Political Weekly. His work involves proofing copies, getting pages ready for press, and steering the department in absence of the chief copy editor.

In this special event at the Somerville College's Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Tejas will discuss why people from India's lower castes are under-represented in journalism. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

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In an independent capacity, Harad regularly writes commentary pieces on Indian politics, technology, media, and social movements. Lately, his writing has focused on India’s caste system and the anti-caste movement’s challenge to this oppressive social structure. His articles have appeared in the Hindustan Times, Mint, The Print, NewsLaundry, Round Table India, Buzzfeed India, Loksatta and other publications in both English and his mother tongue Marathi. In his spare time, he runs a personal WordPress blog.

He is a founding member of a non-governmental organisation called Junoon Foundation through which he teaches and interacts with children to provide equitable educational opportunities. His favourite activities include reading in the backyard and taking solitary walks. Harad holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media (journalism) and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai.