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"We want to be judged on the basis of our work, stories not just on the basis of being female reporters," Barkha Dutt

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October 6, 2016: Women journalists, like men, should be judged on the basis of their stories rather than their gender in the male-dominated world of journalism where they face “misogyny and patriarchy” on daily basis, renowned Indian scribes said here on Thursday.

“We want to be judged on the basis of our work, stories not just on the basis of being female reporters,” Barkha Dutt, consulting editor of NDTV, said here at a discussion on “The female journalist in India”.

Barkha Dutt, Wikimedia
Barkha Dutt, Wikimedia

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Veteran journalists, including Suhasini Haider of The Hindu and Harinder Baweja of Hindustan Times, were also part of the discussion at the American Center to commemorate the life and work of American-Israeli Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and later killed by militants in Pakistan.

The women journalists spoke about their lives as young reporters, covering conflicts and facing harassment and being the target of humiliating and hateful tweets but still standing out in the male-dominated profession.

“I stayed quiet as a younger person when I was harassed during work. Because, I did not want to lose the story,” said Dutt, who shot to fame after her live coverage of the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan.

Harinder Baweja, Twitter
Harinder Baweja, Twitter

“I had to argue with the army for allowing me to go to Kargil during the war and their reason for not letting me go was there are no bathrooms,” she said.

“I told them, I would go the way men out there would do.”

Baweja, known for her investigative reporting, echoed the lines. “As a female, we all have faced difficulties. But to all young reporters, I would advise to have a thicker skin and move on. Although things now are changing.”

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Speaking to journalists, students and diplomats, the panellists highlighted the social media abuse that women journalists go through.

“This is where it is different with men. Male journalists do not undergo sexual abuse online whereas we all face it every day,” Baweja said.

They said “misogyny, institutional patriarchy, and fictionalising of personal lives” by the society was not what their male counterparts would face.

US envoy Richard Verma and Israel’s envoy Daniel Carmon were also present at the event.(IANS)

 

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  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    Female journalists should get the same kind of behaviour and feel equally safe as their male collegues

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Time has come where all this gender discrimination will not work. We are living in a that country whose x-president was female. Need to change our vision then only we can grow.

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Transform your Living Room into a Quaint Space now: 9 Styles that will leave you Awestruck!

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April 27, 2017:

“Design is not how it looks like and feels like. It’s how it works.” – Steve Jobs 

Your living room is the most occupied space at your home, which is why it should be appealing to the eye and comfy to reside. Therefore it is essential to keep in mind the changing needs of Urban lifestyle.

Here is a list of some of the most sought-after designs for your living space- a kind that can change your life in myriads of magical ways-

  • Bohemian Style

 

A Bohemian Style room, Pixabay

 The Bohemian style is also known as “boho chic” has an edgy touch in its truest sense.

It gives a homely feel and this style is all about creating a home than exhibiting vintage collections. It is a cult drawn back from the period of the 90s but in a refined and imposing way. Most of the living rooms have white walls, neutral tones, natural and earthy materials making it a perfect epitome of bohemian quaint. 

  • Glam Living
Luxurious room, Pixabay

As the name insinuates these living rooms are loaded with luxuries and adds to the immense glamour quotient. What I like about these rooms is the aesthetics and how it strikes a balance between glamour and warmth.

Imagine yourself environed by such overwhelming texture plus the comfort it will give. The subtleness is just breathtaking and yet of course who wouldn’t admire such a sumptuous piece of art.

  •  Romantic Living space
A Romantic Living space, Pixabay

These are the perfect style bedrooms to lure your partner. It appeals to the senses and arouses intimate feelings in partners. It has a hint of femininity supplemented by graciousness and elegance.

Romantic rooms need not be in a red colored theme as there is no austerity. It can have beautiful lighting, a comfortable bed, low lighting, candles and flowers on the décor side. It offers warmth and indulging aura that can pacify your frame of mind.

  • Contemporary living style
Contemporary style living space, Pixabay

The Contemporary styled living room has bold texture and is round on the edges. The pattern, color, textures, and shapes downright make it a very sophisticated style.

You should not stress about a single color scheme, here you use two contrasting colors to give it a more sensible appeal.

  • Traditional Living Room
Traditional living space, Pixabay

They say one must not forget its roots where it came from. Seems right? The Traditional style of living rooms is timeless and effortless. You don’t have to think twice if you are pondering over this one. This one is worth a shot. In the world of trends chose to remain classic by making a right choice for yourself.

These kinds of living rooms come peachy, green, tan or aubergine tone tones. To give your living room a more authentic look you can place oil painting, antiques or ornate stands which you may like.

  • Cottage Living rooms
Cottage living room, Pixabay

Cottage styled rooms are colorful and comfortable. It has painted wooden furniture with weathered finishing and floral cushions.

It will give a homely feeling with smooth features on the outlook.

  • Eclectic Living space
Eclectic living space, Pixabay

Eclectic means to combine myriad of propositions. Eclectic styled living rooms are a combination of different styles.

It takes in all kind of color schemes, texture, finish, pattern or color. So if you are not able to pick any of the designs, go eclectic. Mix it all and bring out a uniqueness in your design.

  • Minimalist style living room
Minimalist Living space, Pixabay

These living rooms are new of a kind as they are spacious and there is a very minimalistic amount of furniture in there. Those who like spacious rooms can opt for this genre of design.

These are high-ceilinged rooms with a generous amount of space. Everything is really placed and well kept. A minimalist living space is important because it fills up your room with meaning rather than stuff. A minimalistic living will create peace in your life.

  • Rustic living
Rustic style living room, Pixabay

Rustic style living rooms will have stone walls, exposed woods, a warm fireplace at the centre of the room.

It is all about embracing the nature while sitting at home and gazing the unavoidable and spell bounding aesthetics.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter Nainamishr94