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Meet the Team

Indian Link Newspaper, printed in English, is currently one of Australia’s leading ethnic newspapers. After the presence of Sydney edition since 1994 and Melbourne edition from 2000, from April 2010 Indian Link extended its arms to Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth with separate monthly editions, while extending its fortnightly Sydney publication to Canberra. Indian Link now has presence in all major capital cities of Australia with 72 editions printed in a year.

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.

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

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 topics 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 a 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.

Rajni Anand Luthra

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.

Our Awards

Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards 2016
Multicultural Journalist of the Year: Usha Ramanujam Arvind |
Young Journalist of the Year: Namita Gohil

Cricket Victoria Media Awards 2016
Suburban Community Award: Ritam Mitra

Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards 2015
Best Print Publication of the Year

Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2015
Media Award: Indian Link

Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards 2015
Best News Reporting | Photographer of the Year: Sachin Wakhare

Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards 2014
Best Print Report of the Year | Best use of Online & Digital Media |
Young Journalist of the Year: Ritam Mitra

Victorian Multicultural Awards 2014
Media Award: Preeti Jabbal

Parliament of NSW Multicultural Media Awards 2013
Coverage of Community Affairs Abroad | Online Innovation in News Blog or News Website Design

Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards 2013
Best News Report | Best Online Publication of the Year | Best Image of the Year

Parliament of NSW Multicultural Media Awards 2012
Online Innovation in News Blog/ News Website Design | Editorial/ News Reporting |
Multicultural Journalist of the Year

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