Tej Bahadur Singh

Tej Bahadur Singh


I come from Mirzapur district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. I studied journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi.

I have previously worked with Youth Ki Awaaz and Hindustan Times. I have also reported for a few other media, on a freelance basis.

At Newsreel Asia, I follow my heart – that is, tell untold stories of marginalised people.

I can be contacted at Tej@Newsreel.Asia.

The Lekshays

Episode 6, ‘The Dinner Table’ I November 2022
Video I 32 Minutes 
By Harshita Rathore
Tenzin Lekshay is one of the 30,000 Tibetan refugees living in the town of Mcleodganj in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. His family fled to India with the Dalai Lama, along with 80,000 other Tibetans, following a failed uprising in 1959. In his conversation with the host Harshita Rathore, Lekshay talks about the Tibetan community-in-exile, their culture, their determination to carry on with the non-violent struggle against China and also their hope to one day go back to their homeland, Tibet.

Punjab’s Cancerous Growth

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab I September 2022
Video I 18 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh

Much of Harsimranjit Singh’s youth was spent looking after his father, who was diagnosed with cancer. Fazilka, where he lives, is one of the 11 districts of Punjab state’s Malwa region that is known as the cancer belt. In Ferozepur, another district in the region, Kuldeep Singh quit farming for a year his wife was diagnosed with cancer. In 2021 in this agrarian state, nearly half of all suicides were due to diseases, as per governments data. Dr. Pritpal Singh, an activist, blames it on the country’s Green Revolution, which began in Punjab in the 1960s.

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.

The Caste and Its Cost

MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I June 2022
Video I 23 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur
Jaihind, Ramesh and Baburam live in Uttar Pradesh state, which reported 12,714 cases of atrocities against Dalits in 2020, the highest in India, as per the government data. The three men, from the state’s Mahoba district, tell us what discrimination and violence look like despite legal protections they have had, on paper, for decades.

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.

Poverty Trap

MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I May 2022
Video I 12 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh
The story of Satish Kumar, a young man who lives in a small village in Uttar Pradesh state’s Chandauli district, shows how tens of millions of people in India are trapped in the cycle of poverty, with no fault of their own. Through the story he shares in this visual, open letter, Kumar points to a critical, but unaddressed, lacking in India’s efforts in poverty alleviation which policymakers must take note of.

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.


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.)

Lives on Fire

Newsreel I October 2021
Video I 14 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh
A seven-year-old girl witnesses her mother’s death after a portion of land caves in, burying her under debris in Jharia coalfields in India's Jharkhand state, where an underground fire has been raging for over 100 years due to unscientific mining. The girl's father, Dilip Bauri, recalls the incident, which, a local environmentalist warns, may repeat itself several times if the community there is not relocated to a safer place.

Why are Universities Under Attack?

Newsreel I October 2021
Video I 26 Minutes
By Asad Ashraf, Tej Bahadur Singh
Prof. Apoorvanand from Delhi University speaks to Newsreel Asia’s Asad Ashraf on the idea of university and why and how universities are under attack in India.

Show Me the Way Home

Newsreel I August 2021
Video I 15 Minutes
By Asad Ashraf, Tej Bahadur Singh
A young Rohingya man, Ali Johar, fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and later made his way to India, as he had heard that Indian people and their government were kind-hearted. Did he, and his fellow refugees, experience that kindness?

On Election Duty

Newsreel I June 2021
Video I 9 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh
A tragedy strikes Mahima Gupta after her husband, Neeraj Gupta, a government employee, is sent on election duty amid a raging pandemic.
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