“On 17 June 2013, an otherwise calm Himalayan river Mandakini came crashing down from the hills of a small state in India, called Uttarakhand. Hundreds of villages devastated and thousands killedmany still missing. As this made India’s one of the biggest natural disaster and hit headlines for many days, a journalist stayed in the troubled heights of the Himalayas for weeks, reaching far flung villages, often travelling on foot. Hridayesh Joshi, a Senior Editor of India’s most widely watched news network NDTV, has written a comprehensive account of the Himalayan Tsunami in the form of a book called Rage of the River; The Untold Story of the Kedarnath Disaster. Even after four years of the tragedy, stories from the Kedarnath valley keep pouring in but are largely unheard of as they fail to get proper media attention. Hridayesh will share his experiences and discuss the looming threat that the world’s one of the most fragile and sensitive ecosystem is facing today.”
Hridayesh Joshi, a Yale Poynter Fellow, has been working as a broadcast journalist for last almost two decades. At present, he is working with New Delhi Television (NDTV)–one of India’s largest and most viewed news network–as a Senior Editor. Hridayesh has received the prestigious Ramnath GoenkaAward for his reporting from war zones of central India. He is among the rare journalist who has won the RN Goenka award twice, the first time in 2009 for his reporting from China. Hridayesh has recently authored a few books: ‘Rage of the River – The Untold Story of the Kedarnath Disaster’ (published by Penguin India in 2016) and ‘Lal Lakeer’ (The Red Line) by Harper Collins India. “Rage of the River” is particularly worth mentioning because in the book Hridayesh has recorded blow-by-blow account of the disaster, which killed as many as 10,000 people and still many missing. Hridayesh is interested in investigating the effects of climate change and environmental onslaughts on Himalayan Ecology.