Rohit Upadhyay

is creating video stories of socio-political relevance from the grassroots
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About Rohit Upadhyay

What drives me and maybe you

"Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad."

George Orwell
laid it out in his book 1984. Since then, the fictional account has found its relevance across many societies, in many forms. Some much closer to fiction, others a mere indication of the impending crisis that lurks at all times. The only rescue, in such situations, is the conscience of each and every citizen. Even in times of normalcy, what sustains normalcy is sincere, consistent and honest effort in the service of truth which constantly cautions against deviations. With this realization gained in my stint with formal media houses, I decided to do something which is fundamental to journalism but considered a bit 'out of fashion' in the contemporary media - coverage of stories from the grassroots. The ones which get lost in the noise and fail to evoke the empathy which make us human; stories which tell us the impact of political and administrative action, if their has been any. Journalism has the power to transform  systems and make others powerful as the voices which need to be heard get amplified. In an attempt to restore the amplification through my humble efforts, I have started the journey of On the Ground with Rohit Upadhyay  on YouTube.

What's in it for everyone - me, you and the people?

By now, you can perhaps guess what's in it for me - the sheer satisfaction of being honest to the role of a citizen who chose the path of journalism. But apart from that, it keeps me human to have an opportunity to witness the lives of those people which all acts of good governance and social welfare claim to enrich and improve. The responsibility of sharing this element of humanity with the rest of the populace to generate the power of togetherness is the fuel which keeps me going with a deep sense of meaning. 

In the last line above, I have attempted to elucidate a bit what's in it for you too! It is the same sense of meaning one gains upon integrating with the collective voice and conscience of the populace as it is one of the fundamental duties of a citizen and we, as responsible citizens, wish to play that role for our community, our society and our country. The isolated voices gain strength upon having the knowledge that the rest of the society cares and we care if we contribute to these stories, even with our attention. Yes, there will be small tokens of appreciation along the way and an opportunity for meaningful engagement for all of us too!

If you are still with me, it means there is little to be stated to you yet what's in it for those I primarily aim to cover. Thanks already!

How this journey will progress?

My hope is - with more people!
Even in my stages of beginning, I had the good fortune of strong motivational support of some individuals who care and who knew this can be done in a structured way to bring out meaningful stories beyond just youthful enthusiasm and we have sustained for a while now. The idea is to make this platform a center for powerful stories which demand actions having tangible impact and inculcate progressive ideas. We will bring in more individual with capacity for transformational ideas too. Yes, there is a structure and my hope is I get to share it with more and more people here on Patreon as things proceed.

Finally, I would like to end this request with the note that all contributions, regardless of the amount mean a lot. However, a sustainable effort goes a long way in keeping things independent and true to the vision and cause with which I have started. Therefore, it is a request to my patreons to stay connected here while stories keep coming.

Many Thanks!!

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