‘I reported against the local BJP MLA, so the police stripped me down to my underwear’

The assault and humiliation of a journalist in Madhya Pradesh exposes the dangers of reporting in small-town India, and how journalistic ethics are not always black and white

Kanishk Tiwari never had much patience for the written word. But show him an image and chances are he won’t forget it.

It’s how he got his engineering degree. While his friends spent nights learning by rote, he’d draw up diagrams to remember how machines worked. Images form an impression, he likes to say. Words only fill in the details.

Ten years ago, his daughter was born. He stocked up on comics and painting books, and bought her brushes and crayons. As she grew up, they’d sit together every morning while he would go through Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar. Tiwari …


Omkar Khandekar

Omkar specializes in long-form narrative features and has reported from India, the UK, Germany and the Maldives. He writes across beats, from politics and crime to cinema and sports. His works have been published in Indian and international outlets including The Caravan, Mint Lounge, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post.

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