SH. R.K KAK & Sh. N L WATTAL, JOURNALISTS || UNSUNG & UNWEPT HEROES || LIVE IMAGE

Sh. R K KAK and Sh. N L WATTAL , started their career as JOURNALISTS  and continued with it till their last breath lasting 5 -6 decades in both the cases. Sh. KAK became the local correspondent for the  then prestigious National Newspaper "the STATESMAN" and Sh. WATTAL, joined the then prestigious newspaper of the valley "THE HAMDARD" under the editor and founder of Modern Journalism Sh. PREM NATH BAZAZ.This was at a time when struggle for FREEDOM from autocratic Dogra Maharaja was gaining momentum.

Both Sh. KAK and Sh. WATTAL were well educated according to those times and could have landed Government. jobs with slight effort.but they chose journalism which was neither glamorous nor paying  those days. With their continued presence in the profession the freedom fighters whose leaders became the successive Chief ministers built a good rapport with these . While Sh. KAK was helping them in publicity  at the National level ,Sh. WATTAL was helping them locally with their "PEN". Their sincerity and honesty towards the profession was being appreciated by the Maharaja's government.

Come 1947 , with the dawn of AWAMI RAJ the floodgates of corruption and mismanagement became the order of the day. In fairness to the new regime both Sh. KAK and Sh. WATTAL were offered plum bureaucratic jobs but both refused and prefeed to be journalists. Both were quite near to seat of power because of their old acquaintances with the rulers but they never threw weight. They had no personal agendas neither nor themselves nor for their families. Bereft of having ambitions and eye for the luxurious life they walked with their heads up and with a straight spine. Nobody would see them waiting at the residences of Ministers or in the corridors of power for appointments. 

With the dawn of Awami Raj , the KASHMIRI PANDIT community started feeling badly treated being deprived of their share in the employment  and being neglected for the professional studies of their children .based on merit.But the problem of the community was they didn't have a powerful leader who would plead their case in the administration. There were innumerable leaders having their own personal agendas rather for the community. The community approached both Sh. KAK and Sh. WATTAL for support of their problems. They told the community that though they were with them for their genuine problems and grievances They had their limitations in their profession. 

Both Sh. KAK and Sh. WATTAL upheld the 3 "F"s  -------- FREE, FRANK & FEARLESS, of journalism to their last breath , yet they never begged for recognition.Both of them were patient listeners and never gave unwanted suggestions. At social gatherings they never talked SHOP. They would feel embarrassed if somebody would praise them at such gatherings.

THERE HEADSUP ATTITUDE AND STRAIGHT SPINE WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE SUCCESSIVE RULERS . THE COMMUNITY FELT THEY DID NOT HELP THEM IN SOLVING THEIR PROBLEMS AND GRIEVANCES. THEY WANTED THEM TO BE THEIR SPOKESMEN  

TO SUM UP BOTH SH.KAK &SH WATTAL, HAILING FROM RAINAWARI  LIVING ON THE BANKS OF DAL LAKE TRIBUTARY, WERE IGNORED NOT ONLY BY THE SUCCESSIVE  STATE GOVERNMENTS BUT ALSO BY THEIR OWN COMMUNITY.  

By - V . K WATTAL  

(The writer is NCR/UP based and a regular contributor to this Website .)  


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