Interview Series Student Achiever

“Recognizing Your talent is The First Step towards Success”-Himadrish Suwan

Himadrish Suwan
Written by DU Khabar

Himadrish Suwan, a student at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University who was awarded the youngest International award -YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD For Information Activism in the area of Media & Information Activism by The International Association for World Peace(Affiliated to United Nations-ECOSOC,UNICEF,UNESCO,UNICED,DPI)  & THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES.   He is the youngest person to receive this international distinction from  IAWEP.

However, his achievements don’t end here. He is also the recipient of the ‘Global Award for Excellence 2013’ in the field of Social Work and Youth Empowerment . He is also a regular columnist for various registered magazines of Government of India including Lawyers Update, Just IN Print, Youth KI Awaaz , Indian Exponent  ,  The Global Times & a Registered author  at the Indian Exponent.

1.Being  a DU  student and the recipient of YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD For Information Activism in the area of Media & Information Activism, how do you intend this achievement to have a positive impact on DU or DU students?

A: I am just an awakened citizen exercising my rights . Though being an active member of the University of  Delhi Family is itself a matter of pride for me. First of all the award which I have received is for Media and Information Activism and I strongly believe that what I have  done each and every student can do that. I have done nothing special ,it’s just we need to explore and expose our inherit talents. No one is really “Born as a Leader” , they actually “Create themselves as  a leader” , So any one can do what I have done it’s not a difficult task or an exception , we need to catch and use our talent to its best. Every single child is born with  talent and the work is just to use that inherit talent to its fullest. Hence this International Award is not for a single person “Himadrish” . but for all the University of  Delhi family members. I believe that this global achievement will have a positive impact among the DU students & students will recognize their talents and use it to the fullest. Recognizing  your talent is the first step towards success . “Whatever I do, Wherever I do I want to do my best”.

 2.How do you perceive  the art and the  might of writing?

 I am not from any Media background nor my family members. I started writing for my school newspaper “THE GLOBAL TIMES” when I was in class 11th    . I had a habit of reading newspapers & magazines on a regular basis. So, I use to think “How can I get my name feature in these magazines and newspapers “. Then my uncle told me that you are writing for your school newspaper and you are good at that, so why don’t you send your articles to some of the magazine’s editor’s. After this I wrote article and I sent it to mail id of the editor’s and by god grace they accepted my article and made me the member of editorial board. Through this I spread my wings and started writing for registered magazines of Government of India as well as Digital magazines . At present I am writing as a columnist for Lawyers Update, Just IN Print, Youth KI Awaaz , Indian Exponent ,Environment Tomorrow,  The Global Times and recently I have been made a Registered author  at the Indian Exponent.

3.What would be your suggestions to the young writers at DU?

A: Well, I am no one to give suggestions to young writers at DU they are doing their job extremely well.

4.Tell us a bit about your contribution in the field of social work and youth empowerment?

Well I am just an awakened citizen exercising my rights. The idea I got to work for the society was in 2012 when I was in class 10th at Amity International School,Saket.  I was born in the state of Jharkhand but from past 15 years I am in Delhi itself. Being born in state rich in all aspect and land of activist Birsa Munda is itself a matter of pride for me and being land of activists every one , every “Jharkhandi(people of Jharkhand) is an Activist ”, the sense of activism is installed in every single Jharkahndi since birth. Well, there is train named Ranchi Rajdhani connecting New Delhi to Ranchi and vice versa it had two decade old coaches which actually exceeded the codal life. Most important it was the only Rajdhani which didn’t had the LHB (Linkmen Hofman Bush) Coaches the new coaches which are actually meant for Rajdhanis as its anti collision and do not collide in a event of collision .Every Rajdhani except Ranchi Rajdhani had the new coaches so I used to think that “Why my state is being Discriminated” ,”We are paying same tariff like other passengers of Rajdhani’s .I took the Ranchi Rajdhani from Delhi to Ranchi mostly every summer and noticed it was the only Rajdhani still using the old ICF coaches. “They were horrible. The washrooms etc. were in bad condition. So, I thought why not file a RTI and know why Ranchi Rajdhani is not having LH B coaches and I asked a direct question to the Ministry of  Railways that “If any collision happens will the Railway be responsible”? .  The Indian Railways swung into action once the RTI was filed and changed 16 ICF coaches with LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches, which are ideal for high-speed trains. The LHB coaches are anti-telescopic and in situation of derailment or collision it prevents the bogies from turning turtle. The then Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal assured me that the coaches would soon be changed and when it was done, I was informed by the ministry through an RTI reply. I file an RTI query whenever I face problems in getting something done by the government officials. It puts pressure on public authorities and makes them answerable and I believe that RTI is a formidable tool to fight injustice. The worst traffic jam at IGNOU Road near Saket, where i stay, forced me to file a query with the Delhi Police. “The reason for the traffic jam was absence of a divider and lack of traffic police on the busy road. How can an ambulance with a critically ill patient pass through the area? I asked the police”. Few days later, I saw the impact. Two policemen were permanently deployed there to control the traffic and a makeshift barricade was erected. I also inquired from the Central Board of Secondary Education about the availability of infrastructure—especially computers—for the implementation of continuous comprehensive evaluation. “You need computers for all these projects which is okay for urban locations but what about rural areas? .  Then last year, I filed one for the Prime Minister’s office asking how many speeches the former PM had made since 2004. “I got a funny reply. They said 1,300 times and sent me the full list of dates and times. They even included single-line replies to media queries in the list of speeches .Thus, “Instead of wasting time on Facebook, it is better to devote time to such constructive work which is in the larger interest of the society”. I consider RTI as a tool for social change and yes I can assure you that I have never misused the power of RTI. In lieu of my some popular fights in 2013 I  got the ‘Global Award for Excellence 2013’ in the field of Social Work and Youth Empowerment . The award was given on the occasion of International Mother Earth Day Celebration held on 22 April 2013, by The Global Open University Nagaland (TGOU), Women International Network (WIN), Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University (IGTAMSU), Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment (IIEE).I believe in Dushyant Singh’s lines

5.Which social issue , do you think should be of priority for the society to deal with?

The Social Issue which should be priority for the society to deal with is “EDUCATION”. It is my dream to make India Knowledge Superpower by 2025 as I believe “If you have knowledge you are the strongest person in the world, else you are the weakest person in the world”. Just as a face is the mirror to the heart of a person, level of education reflects the status of a nation. Since independence India has marched much ahead in the field of science and technology, nuclear power, food production. But the social face of India is from satisfactory. In the two major segments of social face i.e. education and median age in India, we have not performed up to the mark and have thus adversely affected the social performance. Hence to rape the real fruits of growth and achievements of the country the issue of education shall have to be dealt with an all seriousness.

6.Being the youngest person to receive the international distinction from IAEWP( affiliated to UN), how do you think your responsibilities have taken a step ahead?

Well, getting an International Award on the occasion of World Teacher Day, The International Association for World Peace(Affiliated to United Nations-ECOSOC,UNICEF,UNESCO,UNICED,DPI)  & THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES(The National Platform of all Universities of India)  awarded me the youngest INTERNATIONAL AWARD the-YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD For Information Activism in the area of Media & Information Activism.  I consider it as the biggest achievement of my teen period and I will continue to serve the society in a larger context without effecting my academics. Well people ask me Does this not come in the way of  your studies? Though I had a good academic performance so far, “I draft RTIs in my free time and If you have your question ready, it takes few minutes to file an RTI. Everything is online. You need to type your questions and furnish other details in the given format on RTI website – https://rtionline.gov.in/” . On other hand when I am free I write columns for magazines.

7.What has been the most memorable moment in the journey so far?

Well getting admission in University of Delhi and the Youngest person to receive this International Distinction in the area of Media & Information Activism is itself a memorable moment.

8.What made you file your first RTI? What impact did it have?

Well, there is train named Ranchi Rajdhani connecting New Delhi to Ranchi and vice versa it had two decade old coaches which actually exceeded the codal life. Most important it was the only Rajdhani which didn’t had the LHB (Linkmen Hofman Bush) Coaches the new coaches which are actually meant for Rajdhanis as its anti collision and do not collide in a event of collision .Every Rajdhani except Ranchi Rajdhani had the new coaches so I used to think that “Why my state is being Discriminated” ,”We are paying same tariff like other passengers of Rajdhani’s .I took the Ranchi Rajdhani from Delhi to Ranchi mostly every summer and noticed it was the only Rajdhani still using the old ICF coaches. “They were horrible. The washrooms etc. were in bad condition. So, I thought why not file a RTI and know why Ranchi Rajdhani is not having LH B coaches and I asked a direct question to the Ministry of  Railways that “If any collision happens will the Railway be responsible”? .  The Indian Railways swung into action once the RTI was filed and changed 16 ICF coaches with LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches, which are ideal for high-speed trains. The LHB coaches are anti-telescopic and in situation of derailment or collision it prevents the bogies from turning turtle. The then Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal assured me that the coaches would soon be changed and when it was done, I was informed by the ministry through an RTI reply. I file an RTI query whenever I face problems in getting something done by the government officials. It puts pressure on public authorities and makes them answerable and I believe that RTI is a formidable tool to fight injustice.

9.What were the problems  that you, as a citizen, faced while filing the RTIs?

Although, I have not filed very controversial RTIs, my mother still stopped me from filing them. The government does not provide protection to the whistle-blowers. The act, though has been introduced, it has not passed in the Parliament.

In the previous year itself, the percentage of RTIs filed in 2013 has gone down from 13-20 percent to 12 percent. The government must provide protection to the whistle-blowers.

10.What was the moment of a major setback for you till now?

The first article I sent got rejected but then when I wrote again it got approved by the same editor. I believed in Dr. Kalam quote“- If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “first Attempt In Learning” 

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