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A one man army

 

He is a ‘jhola-chaap’ man, out on a prowl, to hunt for the survival of the common man on the internet. Bharat Malhotra profiles Sanjay Tiwari and his visfot.com.
BHARAT MALHOTRA | New Delhi, June 2, 2012 18:10
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Once someone asked the editor of visfot.com, Sanjay Tiwari about the address of his office and the answer was, “It is in my jhola (bag).” At once, the fellow was taken aback but after meeting the editor outside Delhi’s Mandi House, he got his answer when Sanjay took out his laptop, camera and mobile from his bag – this was indeed his office.

Born in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh in 1976, Sajay is a graduate. Since his family could not afford his further education, he left for Mumbai in 1997, in search of a job where he worked with the weekly, ‘Samachar-Bharat’. Here, for the first time he got to work on a computer. It is here that he learnt the nuances of news gathering, writing and editing. But, he did not quite like Mumbai and packed his bags to hunt for opportunities in the capital city- Delhi. Delhi, he felt, was his very own place. He did get job opportunities here but by then he had made up his mind – he would not go for a ‘job’.

Sanjay always loved technology. Delhi gave him the platform. It is here that he got to work with the internet and play with the idea of using it in the favour of the Hindi-speaking common man. He thus came up with his blog, visfot.com in 2007. This made Sanjay popular too. His blogs made a mark for him and he began to be ‘known’.

This was the period which was difficult for working in Hindi on the computers. Unicode had yet not arrived and Sanjay realised by then that he could not go very far with merely his blog. He says, “By this time, Facebook had begun to get popular. I had said in 2009 itself that the times of the blogs is over. Later, others also accepted and realised it. There are certain limitations of the social media and with this in my mind, I can say with surety that as of now, there is no alternative to a website yet.” Therefore, as the next logical step, the blog ‘visfot’ got converted into a website visfot.com. Sanjay did everything for the website single-handedly.

Though, for all practical purposes, Sanjay can be said to be a one man army, there is a network of writers who contribute to his site. Sanjay does not allow a free flow of articles on his website. Sanjay says, “This is not a platform for mere tall talk. If you have an opinion based on facts and figures, you are welcome on this site.”

Visfot made a mark for itself by being the first with many a news items that later became big. It was the first to break the news, hinting at the possible political connections of the much publicised Bhanwari Devi murder in Rajasthan. It was also the first with breaking the JNU sex CD scandal. Visfot has also been the first to initiate the debate on the issue of child labour in the form of rising trend of employing child artistes in TV serials leading to the legislation that is being contemplated to be brought to control it.

Sanjay keeps in touch with the social protests that take place at various places in the country – be it Bhatta Parsaul,  Karakoram or Tarapur, Sanjay reaches out to the protesters personally. This is hard on his pocket, but never on his determination. Sanjay says, “I do not do mainstream journalism and this will obviously lead to financial constraints, but there are a few friends who help me.”

Sanjay suggests to keep one’s website focused on a particular subject too. He says, “If you are able to decide, who is your target-reader, you are bound to become successful.” Sanjay is now aiming to become the Google of Indian languages. He has also registered the URL- devbhasha.com for this.

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Posted By: उमाशंकर मिश्र | दिल्ली | June 5th 2012 | 17:06
संजय तिवारी को पिछले कई वर्षों से जानता हूं, वे खुद टूट गए लेकिन विस्फोट को नहीं टूटने दिया। ठीक उसी तरह जिस तरह मां अपने बच्चे को छाती से लगाकर रखती है, संजय तिवारी ने ठीक उसी तरह विस्फोट डॉट कॉम को प्यार किया। वे झोलाछाप हैं, शायद इसीलिए उनके काम के बावजूद वे कई लोगों की आंखों में खटकते हैं। लेकिन वे इन सबसे बेपरवाह हें..अच्छी नौकरी के ऑफर भी मिले उन्‍हें, चाहते तो ठीक-ठाक जिंदगी बसर कर सकते थे, लेकन उन्हें न जाने किस कीड़े ने काटा है...कि पैसे वे कह देते हैं...धत्त तेरी की...वे सिर्फ प्यार के भूखे हैं, पैसे के नहीं...पत्रकारिता और हिंदी के विस्तार के लिए कई योजनाएं उनके मन में हैं...उनके आलोचकों की भी कमी नहीं है, लेकिन कोई भी गैर डिप्लोमेटिक व्यक्‍ति उनसे पहली बार में प्रभावित हो सकता है...
Posted By: अभिषेक रंजन सिंह | नई दिल्ली | June 4th 2012 | 11:06
संजय तिवारी एक जीवट और संघर्षशील पत्रकार हैं। विस्फोट डॉट कॉम हिंदी बेव पोर्टल के रूप में एक आंदोलन है। बाजार में नहीं बिकनेवाले चंद पत्रकारों में अगर किसी का नाम लिया जा सकता है, तो वह संजय तिवारी हैं। संजय जी और उनकी बेवसाइट विस्फोट डॉट कॉम को मेरी शुभकामनाएं
Posted By: संजय कुमार | Raipur | June 19th 2012 | 19:06
ऐसे व्यक्तित्व से समाज को प्रेरणा मिलती है। उन लोगों को इससे प्रेरणा लेनी चाहिए जो आज पत्रकारिता को मिशन मानने से इनकार कर रहे हैं। संजय तिवारी कॉरपोरेट मीडिया को कड़ी टक्कर दे रहे हैं। मैंने ऐसे कई पत्र पत्रिकाओं को को देखा है जो विस्फोट डॉट कॉक के मैटर के भरोसे प्रकाशित हो रहे हैं।




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