Suneeta (Mahoba) Quarry story
Cinematographer: Zulfiya Hamzaki
Duration: 00:01:34; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 25.541; Saturation: 0.051; Lightness: 0.475; Volume: 0.252; Cuts per Minute: 11.471
Summary: Suneeta is one of the youngest journalists in Khabar Lahariya. She joined the Mahoba team in 2012 when it first launched.
One of the brightest reporters from the Mahoba edition, Suneeta is a quick learner and picked up reporting and writing in less than a
year. In this video, one can see her story through her eyes. Living close to a stone quarry where she used to work, bringing the story
to light after becoming a journalist and covering news around Mahoba with a tough conviction makes her stand out.
Mahoba, Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh
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A map of India appears on the left side of the screen, with an arrow pointing towards Mahoba, a small district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. In the background, there is the voiceover of Suneeta, Khabar Lahariya reporter who narrates that she joined the recently launched Mahoba team. The Khabar Lahariya newspaper has been running in Chitrakoot and Banda for ten years, and Mahoba is one of its latest, newer editions.
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Suneeta is now in an outdoor location, with a lot of background noise. She is standing in front of a stone quarry and talks about how she was born there. The quarry has been there ever since her parents moved to this place. She used to work in this quarry along with her father when she was younger. She walks away to the expanse of the quarry - desolate and bare.
Suneeta is now sitting in front of her room, at her house. She sits by the trunk of a tree with a fallen and torn poster at its bottom, lying next to her. She talks about how she joined the Mahoba edition in June 2012. She works as a correspondent, doing fieldwork, bringing stories from the villages, participating in the production meetings, finalizing stories and also distributing the newspaper. She ends with a smile as she says that she does everything.
Suneeta then walks outside her house, towards the stone quarry, explaining while she walks that there is a crusher very close to her house that had started around the year 2003. The neighbourhood used to be very beautiful with a lot of people living around, until the crusher forced everyone to leave the place.
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In an expansive shot that shows the depth of the stone quarry, Suneeta talks about how most of the news relates to the mining taking place there. Many of the workers face a lot of accidents. With the background of the quarry lending to a dramatic visual, Suneeta passionately raises concern on why the government isn't paying any attention to what's happening. Many people lose their lives working in these mines. She also questions where all the money for MNREGA goes as people don't do MNREGA work. In this way, she wrote a story for Khabar Lahariya's kshetriya (regional) page.
After walking past the streets, Suneeta is seen doing various household chores such as washing dishes and cooking. She talks about the various kinds of incidents that take place in Mahoba such as a firing that took place at the Panchayat (local self governments at the village level) office and an accident that happened where four people and eight cows lost their lives. It's these kind of stories that the reporters write about and bring to light in the newspaper. As a closing shot, Suneeta is seen reading a copy of the newspaper, Khabar Lahariya.
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