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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Meet the team

Pawan Luthra

Publisher and Co-Editor

Pawan cut his teeth in media as a teenager on India’s national broadcasters of radio and television, All India Radio and Doordarshan respectively.

In Australia, as the face of Indian Link Media Group, Pawan is known to be a voice of reason, one who can cut through to the core of most issues and hone in on the nitty-gritty. His fortnightly editorial note, which touches on a wide variety of issues, has won him many admirers for its insightful nature and workable suggestions. Crisply expressed, they show his uncanny ability to dissect issues and lay the bare bones out for others to make sense of. For members of Australia’s Indian community, Pawan’s work not only informs, but also shapes opinion. The feedback is frequently given that when a new issue of Indian Link is out, the first page quickly scanned is the editorial page, to see what Pawan is talking about this time.

Balanced and objective, Pawan’s astute understanding of the community he represents coupled with his awareness of mainstream issues, makes him a sought-after community spokesperson. Pawan won the Multicultural Journalist of the Year award in

Rajni Anand Luthra

Editor

A PhD in psychology, she gave up academics to get into the relatively small world of community journalism.

Today the work at Indian Link under Rajni’s stewardship has seen it become one of the most trusted ethnic publications in Australia.

Rajni’s strongly non-partisan approach to community life, passion to report objectively and commitment to high standards of journalism, have guided her team to multiple multicultural media awards in recent years.

In her own columns, Rajni’s particular passion is to seek out ways in which the Indian and the Australian communities enrich each other, in stories that show links and connections in unexpected or unexplored ways.

As a migrant in this country, Rajni is passionate about successful integration. Her work seeks out stories that depict our compatriots doing well in their adopted country and contributing significantly to its development.

As a proud Australian, she takes great pride in highlighting the efforts by mainstream Australians who have worked closely with India in one way or another.

Preeti Jabbal

Journalist

Every story Preeti writes, every report she files, every feature she creates, she wallows in that wealth. She gathers gems of knowledge from subjects, captures golden moments from stories and gains a richness of experiences.

By choosing journalism as a 'passion career' Preeti has found a gift that keeps on giving.

She says it is a privilege to be associated with Indian Link for nearly two decades and a pleasure to inform, entertain, inspire and engage. No Pulitzer yet but Preeti has won awards aplenty – including the Media award at the Victorian Multicultural Awards in 2014.

Ritam Mitra

Journalist

Ritam Mitra is an award-winning journalist with over 10 years' experience. Throughout his career, Ritam has written on a range of topics, including domestic and global politics, human rights and social justice, and a focus on his greatest passion, sport.

Ritam’s work has cast light on sexism and racism in Australian sport and media, human rights abuses at home and abroad, and the impact of flawed bureaucracy on inter-country adoption. A Cricket Australia accredited journalist, Ritam has also interviewed some of the greatest names in the history of the sport, including Virat Kohli, Greg Chappell, Bill Lawry and Michael Holding.

Over the years, Ritam has received several awards, including NSW Premier’s Young Journalist of the Year, Cricket Victoria Media Award for Best Coverage of Suburban Cricket, and Finalist for Best News Report (NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards).

Ritam is a practicing lawyer at a boutique international law firm based in Sydney.

Bageshri Savyasachi

Journalist

“I want to bear witness to history and report it responsibly to the public.”

Bageshri is a truth-telling, tree-hugging multimedia journalist. At Indian Link, she writes and edits stories. She is also the host of the podcast - Don’t Miss The Link where she reports on news and trends regarding Indian and Australian socio-cultural issues like indigenous and minority representation. She is also interested in covering welfare, politics, international relations, scientific developments as well as cinema and the arts.

Bageshri is an underground thespian, poet and artist with a background in Liberal Arts and journalism. Occasionally you will hear her voice on Indian Link radio and 2SER community radio.

Rhea L Nath

Journalist

Rhea L Nath is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Sydney. From literary publishing and poetry to video editing and journalism, her varied interests boil down to a passion for sharing stories.

Her work has covered topics like student research, social justice, gender, and representation, but her soft spot lies in critiquing popular culture. Armed with a Netflix subscription and an analytical lens, she’s hoping to change the perception of entertainment journalism, one review at a time.

Also a published poet, Rhea’s more personal literary tales have appeared in Hakara Journal, Pankhearst, and the University of Sydney Student Anthology, among others.

Suruchi Sehgal

Social Media

Over-enthusiastic about all things social media, Suruchi is a trend-watcher, content creator/curator, and a social media marketing strategist. The not-so-new Sydneysider loves to dabble with writing, enjoys puns, alliterations, and believes in the Oxford comma. Backed by a decade of experience in various roles, she deeply believes in "the fools are always confident and the intelligent always doubtful."

Charuta Joshi

Marketing and PR

Charuta puts her heart in things that she does. She has a good understanding of technology and likes to stay updated. She coordinates with clients and makes sure that campaigns are taken care of. She has good analytical and problem-solving skills while being a complete movie-buff. She has much interest in social and digital marketing and loves to learn about new online strategies.