Pranjal Dhar


Pranjal Dhar was born in 1982 in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, India. He did his Graduation with Hindi Literature and Political Science from Allahabad University and then completed Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. He is a Post Graduate in Mass Communication.His poems have been widely published and translated into several languages. ‘Antim Vidayi Se Turant Pahle’ (Immediately Before The Last Farewell), a collection of his Hindi poems, was published by Sahitya Akademi, India in 2014.For last two decades, his poems, essays and comments have been widely published in prominent newspapers, literary magazines and websites including BBC Hindi etc. He has written, edited and translated several notable books on Media and Social Issues. Some noted books written by Pranjal Dhar include ‘Samkalin Vaishvik Patrakarita Mein Akhbar’(2013, Vani Publication), ‘Media Aur Hamara Samay’(2014, Bhartiya Jnanpith) etc. He has written few entries for the Hindi Encyclopedia published from Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata.. A known Hindi critique. He is also a regular columnist with several publications.
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What was the attitude of the people who are close to you towards your becoming a Hindi writer for it is an impractical decision to depend on Hindi writing to earn a living?

My family’s response, to be specific, towards my choice of becoming a Hindi writer was discouraging as they thought that I was only spoiling my life. I received a typical suggestion to begin with some normal job instead that could at least promise a fixed salary on a monthly basis. However, my grit and perseverance soon won me their support and their perspective towards my decision began to change.

How do you think is the role of media misconstrued these days?

The principal role of media is to provide the society with a bridge between its government and its people. This role, however, is misused when the power of media is wasted in presenting news that is nothing but sheer hogwash. The sole responsibility of media is to filter out inessential tidbits and serve only what is needed, which the media is expected to shoulder responsibly. Nevertheless, I would also like to confess that even the society must acknowledge media’s rights and not mistake it for misusing democracy.

What according to you is that one unethical practice pertaining in the domain of journalism?

If a journalist’s duty is to disclose truth, it is his duty also to suppress falsity. However, journalism is robbed of its sole objective when it is bribed to not follow its basic code of conduct. We have media covering the actions of the people and the government, however, we have nobody covering the actions of media.

Do you think it is our own attitude towards Hindi which marks its poor business?

All problems related to the rights of our mother tongue owe their existence to employment related barriers. Lack of knowledge of English for it being the universal language is considered an obstacle while fetching any job. Nevertheless, another aspect to it is that all the quarrels related to Hindi being our classical language seem useless because Hindi has never really been the language of our Shastras.

What are your views on the state of hindi literature in india today? Is it dying out?

Nothing is dying out, I think that’s a clichéd and over hyped phrase – that it’s happening. Literature doesn’t die. The medium changes. We used to read paperback books, now we read on kindle, we read on Facebook, we read blogs; so the medium, the expression changed, it has become more democratic. We used to go to publishers and editors earlier who would reject it. Today you can write your poems on blogs and express yourself, and get people who appreciate your work. There is a different cyber culture today – every newspaper uses the online medium to get articles out as well. So I think this is a lot more democratic because people get to have their say more. But I don’t think literature died out.

What are you looking forward to in the upcoming Art and Literature Festival, 'Valley of Words'?

I am looking forward to a dignified and meaningful festival that invites those writers who are truly deserving but have not been able to be known for different reasons. I perceive this festival as an opportunity to celebrate the rich literature that we have and I am hoping to learn a lot from the select people of our country who I would get to meet.

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