Jyoti Jangra

Jyoti Jangra


I’m a journalist storyteller, of course, but also a traveler. My inspiration in life largely comes from understanding how the world functions. It lies in learning new things, having new experiences, exploring new places and meeting new people. So, travel helps and that’s what I do frequently.
Today, journalism has taken many forms, but, to me, its objective is to help people – just as I help myself – make informed and conscious decisions for the greater good of society.

I believe that a journalist must listen to people and tell their stories. And tell those stories in an honest manner. For, that’s what brings positive change and that’s how audiences are able to cross all their – cultural, economic, gender-based and geographic – boundaries. I use visuals to tell such stories.

I can be contacted at Jyoti@Newsreel.Asia.

Delhi: Through the Lens of Gender

MAPPING INDIA, Delhi I September 2022
Video I 23 Minutes
By Jyoti Jangra

Shreya went through panic attacks after being sexually harassed by men in Delhi, India’s national capital which is also known as the country’s most unsafe city for women. Her fear led her to look for empowerment, which she finally found. But that didn’t mean she was now safer than other women in the city.

Mountains to Dust

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab  I August 2022
Video I 17 Minutes
By Jyoti Jangra
Radheshyam Shukhlawas, a farmer-turned-activist, lives in Rajasthan state’s Shukhlawas village in Kotputli district. People in his village and surrounding areas are dying one after another, as unregulated mines are causing particle pollution leading to lung diseases like silicosis, which is proving to be fatal, he complains to the Department of Mines and Geology in this visual open letter.

Shattered Dreams

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana  I July 2022
Video I 29 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Sunil Kumar, 22 and Neeraj Jangra, 24, are two of the hundreds of thousands of unemployed youth in the predominantly agricultural state of Haryana who have dreams tied to their ability to earn a living. Those dreams may be shattered if they continue to remain jobless, as agriculture is now largely unsustainable and the private sector remains out of their reach. At 37%, Haryana has the highest unemployment rate in India, as per an independent think tank, Center for Monitoring Indian Economy. Is the government listening?

Digging for Hope

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana I June 2022
Video I 12 Minutes 
By Jyoti Jangra

Sudhir Yadav is a farmer who lives in one of the 78 sub-districts of Haryana state where the groundwater is depleting faster than it can replenish. Yet, like other farmers, he had no option but to keep digging deeper and deeper into the ground in search of water for irrigation until he learned the hard way. However, the blame for his desperation lies elsewhere.

Women Suffer the Most: Rajasthan State’s Water Crisis

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana  I June 2022
Video I 10 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav, Harshita Rathore
Few kilometres from the India-Pakistan border, people in Barmer district of the western state of Rajasthan face extreme water shortage. In scorching heat, women in this desert area spend several hours fetching water from the nearest wells. On an average, they walk about 2.5 kms to reach a water source and make many rounds each day. Geeta and Guddi tell us how they are forced to fetch water at the cost of their health and education.

Life in Custody

MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I May 2022
Video I Duration - 17 Minutes 
By Tej Bahadur Singh
Police in Uttar Pradesh state arrest, on average, more than 300,000 residents each year, out of which tens of thousands end up in judicial custody as accused. On paper, the State assumes responsibility for a person that it takes into custody, but, in reality, police and jail authorities blatantly rob detainees, undertrials and convicts of their legally protected dignity in the form of torture and neglect of basic needs. This results in the death of the accused in many instances. Some of those who have experienced or witnessed such flouting of law share their stories in this episode of the “Voices” docuseries.


MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I Feb 2022
Video I 17 Minutes 
By Jyoti Jangra
Sheeraz Ali’s eight-year-old daughter, Rahima, fell ill with a “mysterious” viral fever, which spread like a wild fire among children in Uttar Pradesh state’s Firozabad district in August 2021. In a letter to the district administration, Ali pours out his heart as he narrates what happened after Rahima’s sickness.


Video I 14 MINUTES
By Jyoti Jangra
Suman (name changed) was trafficked from Kolkata city to a village in Haryana state to be married to a man. With the sex ratio of 911 females per 1000 males, as per the National Family Health Survey-5 (2020-2021), Haryana has more than 130,000 trafficked brides who come from impoverished parts of India. Locally called ‘Paros,’ which means ‘stolen,’ they are not accepted as members of the family and are grossly mistreated despite the marriage. Can’t they just return to their homes, as they are not physically chained?

Dinner With the Kerkettas

Episode 4, ‘The Dinner Table’ I February 2022
Video I 21 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Richard Kujur, Jyoti Jangra, Tej Bahadur Singh
Reena Kerketta, one of India’s 6.6 million tribal Christians, is recovering from a severe head injury she sustained after an attack in her home in the tribal-majority Khunti district in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Host Harshita Rathore visits the Kerkettas to explore what identity-based discrimination and violence have done to their minds and hearts. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Why are Minorities Attacked in India?

Video I 21 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Jyoti Jangra, Tej Bahadur Singh

About 200 people barged into a church in Roorkee city’s Solanipuram area in Uttarakhand state on Oct. 3, vandalised its property and beat up Christians, including women. When the Christians filed a police plaint, three people lodged a counter complaint alleging that workers of the church had offered them money to convert to Christianity when they visited the place of worship for prayers. Harshita Rathore, Jyoti Jangra and Tej Bahadur Singh investigate.

Dinner with the Jatavs

Episode 3, ‘The Dinner Table’ I November 2021
Video I 23 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Richard Kujur, Jyoti Jangra
Jawahar Singh Jatav, one of the more than 160 million Dalit people in India, is still recovering from his injuries after he and his family were attacked for drinking water from a tap inside a temple in Rajasthan state’s Bharatpur area. Host Harshita Rathore visits the Jatavs to explore what identity-based discrimination and violence have done to their minds and hearts. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Trapped Away from Home

Episode 1, ‘Trafficked’ I September 2021
Video I 16 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Jyoti Jangra, Richard Kujur
Two underage girls from India’s eastern state of Jharkhand narrate how they were trafficked from the tribal-majority district of Gumla to the country’s city of Delhi for domestic work.
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