A Tribute To Our Dear Friend Jayant
(Star News Assam)
Jayant of Star News Assam died of Brain Hemorrhage on 20 June 2006.
A very sensitive reporter who used to do lot of sensitive reporting on Development issues from Assam and the North East. He regularly used to reports lots of stories from the source area of North East and the Bangladesh Border.
He was associated with Shakti Vahini since 2001. We still remember how he went to the village of Kanika Das (from Hajo, Kamroop) a trafficked girl, who is still reported missing. He took personnel interest in the above case and helped Kanika mother and sister, by doing a half hour story and letting the world know how worse the situation was. He did one of the First stories on Trafficking from Assam to North India. I remember when we were doing press conference in Guwahati Press Club, and he missed our briefing , he took personnel interest to track us and visit our hotel to complete his story. After doing report he took us to his home and we had a happy time with his family.
He was a young man, with lot of sensitivity to work for the rights of victims and letting the world know the REAL stories of humanity. I met him a day before he fell ill on 16th and we had a good discussion about Guwahati Media Coalition workshop on right based media reporting on Trafficking and HIV/AIDS.
He was very happy that the National Media Coalition is doing the conference in September and also helped us by giving valuable suggestions. He said the conference will help media in writing sensitive reporting. He was thankful to UNIFEM for selecting North East which he thought was a neglected sector. He requested us to make drugs trafficking also an issue in the Consultation.
We were scheduled to meet in August but due to his untimely death we will never meet our dear friend again.
The National Media Coalition will mark respect and hold the Guwahati consultation as a tribute to one of the brightest upcoming young Reporter from the North East.
He has left behind his wife and a daughter. We pray to God to give courage to his family members to bear this untimely loss.
Note : Tributes and condolence message for Jayant can be sent and the Blog in the Comments section. The Coalition Secretariat will deliver all the messages to his Family.