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Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2022

Tilak Mukherji, President of Charkha Development Communication Network, is no more   

It is with great sadness, Charkha announces the demise of Tilak Mukherji, president of Charkha Development Communication Network, on October 31. He suffered a heart attack on October 24 and did not recover from it.  He was just 66 and is survived by his wife, Supriya, and two sons, Rishabh and Nishad.

Tilak joined Charkha’s board as a member in 2008 and in September 2018 took over as President of Charkha. Energetic and result oriented, he steered the organisation through some of its toughest times, including the death of former CEO, Mario Naronha, and more recently its treasurer, Anil Singh. His long and successful career in social research helped him give a new vision to Charkha. In his spell as President, he watched over it like a hawk — helped raise funds and reached out to friends in the social sector for new insights and guidance. During the unprecedented times of Covid-19 outbreak, he encouraged us to work and also pioneered changes in restructuring the work of Charkha. 

Known widely as the social research legend within the sector, Tilak started his career with ORG (now Neilsen), spent another five years with the Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB), and then partnered with Mode in 1986. Gradually, he became the co-founder & Chairman of Sigma Research, India and continued until 2012. He was also the chairman and senior partner with Median Consultants, Dubai.

Despite a hectic career, Tilak found time for his other passions–mathematics and wildlife photography.

May his soul rest in peace. 

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About Charkha Development Communication Network

Charkha works towards the social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities in remote and conflict areas through the creative use of media. Many of these areas are highly inaccessible and socially, economically and politically unstable.

Charkha conducts five day skill building workshops for youth with each participant undergoing a cycle of three workshops; the first two workshops aim to train participants to report and write on local issues while the third builds their capacity to become social advocates.


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Testimonials

Shagufta Wani

‘When I first wrote the article, I was sure it was worthy of being discarded in the waste bin. Now everyone in my school remembers me. My father and brothers are very proud of me,’ says an excited Shagufta Wani, a school teacher from Khumriyal Village, close to the LoC in the Kashmir Valley, had written an article during the Charkha Writing Workshop on the poor state of widows in the area. The article won the UNFPA-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity 2010for its sensitive portrayal of the plight of the widows of the region.’

Village Khumriyal

District Kupwara, Kashmir Valley

Jammu & Kashmir State

2019-06-08T11:38:59+00:00

Village Khumriyal

District Kupwara, Kashmir Valley

Jammu & Kashmir State

Shagufta Wani

Ashok Singh

‘Being associated with Charkha in 2004 was a turning point in my life. After the learnings from those workshops, I started my own organization, Janmat Shodh Sansthan, on the same lines as Charkha. Charkha has been my mentor in my growth as a development writer and activist,’ says a solemn Ashok Singh. He has instituted media awards and fellowships and has developed strong links with the local media to create space for the articles thus generated. He remains committed to using media as a platform to bring about change.

District Dumka

Jharkhand State

2019-06-08T11:38:28+00:00

District Dumka

Jharkhand State

Ashok Singh

Prof. Vidyanath Jha

‘I want to thank Charkha for creating such an opportunity for our students – their writings are now being published in various newspapers. The students have shared these published articles with the faculty. In recognition of their efforts and exemplary initiative to speak on behalf of the disadvantaged, we have recognized them with Awards on Independence Day, August 15, 2009. The Skill Building Workshop was very necessary for students of this Girl’s College as most of these girls hail from marginalized villages.  As a teacher, it is our duty to encourage them,’said Shri Vidyanath Jha,then-Principal of MRM Girls College, Darbhanga, in a college function shortly after Charkha had conducted writing workshops for the girls who, as per convention, led extremely sheltered lives. With the support of the Principal, the girls travelled to remote parts of the district and wrote about the difficult conditions in which the poor live, particularly in flood-prone areas around the Kosi River.

District Darbhanga,

Bihar State

2019-06-08T11:37:22+00:00

District Darbhanga,

Bihar State

Prof. Vidyanath Jha

Nazam Mir

‘Small steps can become a giant leap,’ is how Nazam Mir sums up his three-year association with Charkha as its Project Coordinator from 2012 to 2015. He understands that change cannot be brought overnight. A resident of Keerni, a village right at the Line of Control in the Jammu region, Nazam graduated from Poonch Degree College despite harrowing experiences of growing up at the volatile border. He’d walk for hours from his village to reach college but such was his dedication that he went on to gain not just the admiration of his peers but also valuable experience of working in the development sector with international NGOs in the area.

Village Keerni

District Poonch, Jammu region

Jammu & Kashmir State

2019-06-08T11:36:30+00:00

Village Keerni

District Poonch, Jammu region

Jammu & Kashmir State

Nazam Mir