Vartika Nanda

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Dr Vartika Nanda
Vartika Nanda Stree Shakti Puraskar.jpg
Vartika Nanda receiving the Stree Shakti Puraskar from the President of India
Born Punjab
Nationality Indian
Occupation Prison reformer, media educator and trainer, author

Vartika Nanda is a prison reformer and media educator. She is the founder of Tinka Tinka, a prison reform initiative aimed at giving prison inmates hope by engaging them in various self exploratory activities. She began her career as a reporter in Zee India. Later on, she became the head of crime beat in NDTV. Today she is the Head of the Department for Journalism in Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University. Down this Journey she has been the recipient of the Stri Shakti Puraskar from the then President of India, Pranab Mujkherjee. This is the highest civilian honour for women in India.

Professional experience[edit]

With a doctorate in Journalism on the issues of coverage of rape cases by Indian print media, she is currently the head of the Department of Journalism in Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi University. She has taught TV journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi as Associate Professor for three years in the past.[1] She has held various journalistic assignments in electronic media including Zee News, NDTV and Lok Sabha TV. Vartika was the First Executive Producer of Lok Sabha TV and played an instrumental role in the conception, setting up and running of the channel.

She was conferred the Stri Shakti Puraskar, 2013 (Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award) by the then Hon'ble President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2014.[2] This award was given in recognition for her contribution in creating awareness on women's issues through media and literature.

Work as Researcher and Educator[edit]

Her research areas include prisons, relationship between police, crime and the persecution of victims, gender reporting and portrayal of women in media. She also specializes in imparting training on crisis communication. In 2017 her book Television aur Crime Reporting, published by Rajkamal Prakashan, was included in the reading list of the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Lucknow. the same year, her book 'TV aur Crime Reporting' and 'Media aur Jansamvaad' were also included in the reading list of PG Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism Course at IIMC

Work as Prison Reformer[edit]

Vartika Nanda is a crusader on prison reforms and the first Indian academician to have started a continuous project on prisons. She is the founder of Tinka Tinka - a unique series to bring change in the lives of the jail inmates. Vartika Nanda is credited to have curated and created the concept of awards for prisoners for the first time in India.Two awards exclusively for inmates - Tinka Tinka India Awards and Tinka Tinka Bandini Awards have been instituted by her as part of the effort.[3]

Advisor or member[edit]

  • 2016: Nominated as a member of the Council of MNREGA, Ministry of Rural Development
  • 2016: Expert on the Evaluation Committee as a member for DD-URDU Channel
  • 2013: Co-opted on the expert committee on Prasar Bharti constituted by the Government of India under the chairmanship of Sam Pitroda
  • 2013: Sole outside expert for the Programme Committee under the chairmanship of DG, Doordarshan to evaluate and examine the feasibility of the proposal titled ‘ 100 years of Indian Cinema’
  • 2013 and 2014: In the advisory panel of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
  • 2013: Media Consultant and moderator for Ahimsa Messenger Programme launched by Sonia Gandhi in Aug 2013. This initiative was aimed at empowering women against violence
  • 2013: Member, Media & Communication Committee for AICTE
  • 2010: On the boards of various academic institutions including NCERT (Text Book Committee on Media Studies)
  • 2013: Media Advisor to the Crime against Women Cell of Delhi Police
  • 2012 and 2011: Member of the committee to select Media Consultants and Research Assistants for the Ministry of Women and Child Development

She is the editor of Gaon ki Selfie, a periodical dedicated to developmental communication, along with well known bureaucrat Rashmi Singh. She is also the honorary editor of "Media Dunia", a section dedicated to news media industry views and analysis, run by Web Dunia. Web Dunia has the distinction of being the first Hindi web portal in the world.[4]

Her association with television news started at the age of twelve as the youngest television anchor in Asia. Her association with print journalism began with her engagement as Associate Editor with a quarterly journal on media, Communication Today. She continues to oversee the journal. As a regular columnist, she contributed for over two years to The Pioneer and Hindi Outlook till 2007.[5]


  • 2014: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Stree Shakti Puraskar, 2013 Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award) to her on International Women's Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 8 March 2014. This award was given in recognition for her contribution in creating awareness on women's issues through media and literature. These awards, instituted in 1991, are given to six women every year.[6]
  • 2015: Included in the Limca Book of Records, 2015, her book, Tinka Tinka Tihar (co-authored with Vimla Mehra, IPS, former DG, Delhi Prisons) is the first book of collection of poems written by selected women inmates of Tihar Jail.


  • Tinka Tinka Dasna, first ever reporting of its kind on jail life. Published in both English and Hindi, the English book has been translated by Dr Nupur Talwar. This book deals with the lives of those who are on life imprisonment.[9][10]
  • Raniyan Sab Janti Hain, the first book with poems dedicated of victims and survivors of different crimes, 2015; rated amongst top 5 books by Femina
  • Tinka Tinka Tihar, co-authored with Vimlaa Mehra, IPS, first book of collection of poems written by selected women inmates of Tihar Jail; published by Rajkamal Prakashan; released by the then Hon'ble Minister of Home Affairs, Sh Sushil Shinde at the APPCA Conference in Vigyan Bhawan in September 2013,[11][12] 15th edition[13]
  • Thee. Hoon..Rahungi, first book of collection of poems in India revolving around the issue of crime against women, published by Rajkamal Prakashan, 2011[14][15]
  • Marjaanee, compilation of poetry, published by Rajkamal Prakashan, 2011[16]
  • Television aur Crime Reporting, published by Rajkamal Prakashan, 2010[17]
  • Co-authored a book titled Media aur Jansamvad, published by Samayik Prakashan, 2009
  • Television aur Apraadh Patrakarita, published by IIMC, 2006
  • Madhur Dastak, compilation of poetry in Hindi, 1989


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  9. ^ Nanda, Dr Vartika (7 January 2018). "Tinka Tinka Dasna". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via Amazon. 
  10. ^ Vartika Nanda (16 September 2016). "TInka Tinka Dasna: Book: Vartika Nanda". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via YouTube. 
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  12. ^ "Jansatta Jansatta epaper dated Mon, 30 Dec 13". Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
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