But, more that speaking I was interested in writing. I was always being appreciated my teachers and seniors because of my writing. My writings were basically on the social issues and showed my perception regarding the various happenings of the society. As I am from Assam and Assam being a politically sensitive region gave me enormous chattels for writing. Thus, the pointer of my writing slowly shifted towards the political happenings. Until my school days, my writings were confined only to the happenings of Assam and I had a very least knowledge of the scene in India and around the globe. Also, at school I only had the sense of writing, but speaking publically on issues was far behind my imagination.
After completion of schooling my journey of college like began. For my higher secondary I enrolled myself in one of the oldest and most prestigious college of Assam, Cotton College, which was established in 1902. In college I slowly began to realize that if my knowledge continues to be only confined to only the happenings of my state then, no matter how well I write, I will land up nowhere. Also I must have the knowledge of public speaking. So, I decided to expand my knowledge, which I started off with reading the newspapers thoroughly and watching news patiently.
My college was considered to be the hub of students’ politics in Assam and while in college I began experience politics, politicians, its pros and cons very closely. Being associated with student politics I also experienced the darker side of politics. It was in college that I took writing seriously and began writing for various newspapers of Assam and other websites. Also during college days I was a part of numerous anti-corruption protests and participated in various other social activities. It was in college days that I came in contact with activists like Medha Pattkar, Sandeep Pandey, Aseem Trivedi, Arvind Kejriwal and our very own Akhil Gogoi, which inspired me to fight for the social causes and fight for the basic rights of the people. But, I always wondered how to move with this fight and this was where the seed of journalism began to grow in my mind.
After completing my 12th, it was time for me to make a serious decision about my future and taking such a crucial decision was never easy. I knew that if I choose journalism, life would going to be very tough and full of struggles, however if I go for other choices then I might led a somewhat comfortable life. But, to do what I really wanted to, journalism was my last and the ultimate choice. I pursued journalism as a career, but as there was no sound graduation courses in journalism in Assam, so I opted for Delhi and landed up at Sharda University.
Other than my close acquaintances, amongst all who know me, I guess very few people are aware that other than working as an independent journalist carving out articles for various news portals, magazines and newspapers; presently I am also pursuing graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication from Sharda University. After my classes began at Sharda University, I felt as if this was what I was longing for and this is where I have to bring the best out of me. After I am done with my graduation, I want to go into hardcore journalism. As we all are aware that the major and heinous problem of the society is corruption so as a journalist I don’t want to keep myself simply confined to journalism. I want to use journalism as a tool to fight corruption in the society and specially the political corruption. There lies a very important and powerful tool with the common people i.e. Right To Information (RTI), which gives enormous power to the common people to question and to know. As a journalist I want to make full use of the RTI and unearth corruption and inform about it to the mass and while doing it, journalism will work as a backup for me.
The subjects that are being taught here at Sharda University will be very much helpful for me. Being a journalist I want to mix journalism and activism. As a journalist to reach the mass, hear their problems and bring it out to the outer world. It’s true that the task is very difficult and there must be a ground breaking planning for it. So, after BJMC I want to directly step into industry and start my work. Though, it’s said that degree is important, but what I believe is more than degree experience matters. So after BJMC I won’t directly go for MJMC, but I will start working. After I complete my graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication I will step into the active and full-time media coliseum. I want to be specialist in investigative journalism and in long term I see myself as a renowned political analyst of the country.
However, it’s till now just a thought and yet miles to go for the real task. But, with the brilliant, cooperative and friendly faculty at Sharda University, I am pretty hopeful to make it big in the journalism industry.