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Ravish Kumar Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Caste: Bhumihar Brahmin
Wife: Nayana Dasgupta
Age: 44 Years

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Full NameRavish Kumar Pandey
Profession(s)Journalist, TV Anchor, Author
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet inches- 6’
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Career
FieldJournalism
Associated WithNDTV India
JoinedYear 1996
DesignationSenior Executive Editor at NDTV India
Famous Shows• Ravish Ki Report on NDTV India
• Hum Log on NDTV India
• Prime Time on NDTV India
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2010: Ganesh Sankar Vidyarthi Award
Ravish Kumar With Ganesh Sankar Vidyarthi Award
2013: Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of The Year
Ravish Kumar With Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award
2014: Indian News Television Award for the best news anchor in Hindi
2016: The Indian Express included him in the 100 most influential Indians list. The same year, he was named the best journalist of the year by Mumbai Press Club
Ravish Kumar Getting The Best Journalist of The Year Award by Mumbai Press Club
2017: Honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award for his contribution to the field of journalism

2019:

• Awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless."
Ravish Kumar's Ramon Magsaysay Award
• On 22 September 2019, he received the inaugural Gauri Lankesh National Journalism Award in Bengaluru
Ravish Kumar Receiving the Gauri Lankesh Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth5 December 1974
Age (as in 2018)44 Years
BirthplaceJitvarpur village in Motihari, Bihar
Zodiac signSagittarius
Signature/AutographRavish Kumar's Autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownMotihari, Bihar
SchoolLoyola High School, Patna, India
College/University• Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi
• Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Educational Qualification(s)• BA in History from Deshbandhu College
• MA in History from Deshbandhu College
• M.Phil. from Delhi University
• Post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication
ReligionHinduism
CasteBhumihar Brahmin
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesReading, Writing, Listening to Old Hindi Songs
AddressVillage-Jitwarpur, PO.-Pipra, PS.-Govindganj, District-East Champaran, Bihar-845419
Controversies• In 2017, his brother, Brajesh Kumar Pandey was booked under the POSCO (Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences) Act for being involved in a sex-racket for which Ravish Kumar was criticized by a faction of society for not covering the incident in his news shows.
Ravish Kumar's Brother's Controversy
• He also attracted a controversy for implicitly criticizing Arnab Goswami, a popular English TV Anchor.
• Ravish Kumar has revealed that he has been receiving death threats and abusive phone calls since the arrival of the Narendra Modi Government at the centre in 2014. The constant trolling led to Ravish Kumar quitting Twitter in August 2015.
Ravish Kumar's Post About Quitting His Twiiter Account
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNayana Dasgupta (History Teacher)
Family
Wife/SpouseNayana Dasgupta (History Teacher)
Ravish Kumar's Wife Nayana Dasgupta
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- 2 (Names Not Known)
ParentsFather- Baliram Pandey [1]My Neta
Mother- Name Not Known
SiblingsBrother- Brajesh Kumar Pandey (Politician)
Ravish Kumar's Brother Brajesh Kumar Pandey
Sister- Not Known
Favourite Things
Favourite TeacherLate Parthasarathi Gupta (History Professor of Delhi University)
Favourite ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Favourite Singer(s)Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Mohammed Aziz
Money Factor
Salary Not Known

Ravish Kumar In New York

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ravish Kumar

  • Ravish Kumar is a popular Hindi journalist who is best known for his unique monologues in his show- Prime Time.

  • Ravish Kumar belongs to a modest family from Bihar.
  • After completing his schooling from a convent school in Patna, he came to Delhi for his further studies in 1990.
  • Ravish says that before coming to Delhi the only ‘big’ cities he had seen were Lucknow, Jamshedpur, and Ranikhet.
  • In Delhi, Ravish was enrolled in Deshbandhu College, where lecturers like Anil Sethi and Rana Bahal became his mentors who encouraged and helped him in myriad ways. While talking about them, Ravish says-

    They taught me English, how to eat at a table, how to talk to girls, how to wear a tie.”

  • After studying History at Deshbandhu College in Delhi, he started preparing for the Civil Services. However, he could not get success in the Civil Sevices Examination.
  • While in Delhi, Ravish was told that if he wanted to ‘look at girls,’ he should head to the M Block GK I Market.
  • When Ravish Kumar came to Delhi, the one thing that scared him the most was the English- speaking people. He was so terrified by the English-speaking people that he rented a Barsati in the bylanes of Govindpuri, away from ‘English- speaking zones.’
  • While in Delhi, Ravish Kumar’s landlord, ‘Sharmaji,’ would often advise him to learn English.
  • Even by the end of his BA, Ravish could not become good at English. However, he went on to enrol for an MA in History.
  • While pursuing his Master’s in History at Delhi University, Ravish was profoundly influenced by the brilliant Delhi University History Professor, the late Parthasarathi Gupta, affectionately known to his students as PSG, whose lectures on urbanisation became like a guide for him. They changed the way Ravish viewed the city.

    Parthasarathi Gupta

    Parthasarathi Gupta

  • While pursuing his M.Phil at Delhi University, Ravish met his future wife, Nayana Dasgupta, who was studying at Indraprastha College.

    Ravish Kumar's Wife Nayana Dasgupta

    Ravish Kumar’s Wife Nayana Dasgupta

  • Ravish and Nayana dated for around seven-odd years. Ravish never had enough money, so they would visit coffee houses and go for long walks.
  • When Ravish Kumar approached his parents to let them know about his plans to get married to Nayana, they strongly oppose the marriage; as Ravish is a Bhumihar Brahmin, an upper caste; while Nayana belongs to a Bengali Community.
  • However, Ravish broke the ties with his family and got married to Nayana.
  • After his post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Ravish joined NDTV India in 1996 and went on to become one of the most popular Hindi journalists in India.
  • Many of his shows at NDTV India have been liked both by public and critics as well.
  • Ravish Kumar is known for covering the invisible stories of ordinary Indian lives. The first “Ravish Ki Report” was on Paharganj. In the show, he covered the untouched lives of the city and presented them in a layman’s language.

  • His brother, Brajesh Kumar Pandey, is an active politician in Bihar and is a member of the Indian National Congress.
  • Ravish Kumar is often seen quoting to not to watch the Television news; as he considers most of the TV reporting to be biased; which lead astray the common people.

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  • He is also often seen publishing the posts on his social media accounts about being trolled on social media and for being interfered in his personal life.

    Some Random Clicks Of Ravish Kumar By An Anonymous Person

    Some Random Clicks Of Ravish Kumar By An Anonymous Person

  • Ravish Kumar often complaints about receiving death threats; mostly by some right-wing extremists.

  • He developed a unique style of writing micro-fiction stories. He has given the term “Laprek” to these stories. Laprek stands for- Laghu Prem Katha. He has compiled these stories in his book- Ishq Mein Sheher Hona.

    Ravish Kumar Book Ishq Mein Sheher Hona

    Ravish Kumar Book Ishq Mein Sheher Hona

  • He has also penned down the book- “The Free Voice – On Democracy, Culture and The Nation.”

    Ravish Kumar's Book The Free Voice - On Democracy, Culture and The Nation

    Ravish Kumar’s Book The Free Voice – On Democracy, Culture and The Nation

  • He also runs a blog, ‘naisadak.blogspot.com,’ where he publishes articles on myriad issues; mostly in the form of satires.
  • The popularity of Ravish Kumar can be assessed with the fact that a popular YouTube channel The Screen Patti (TSP) runs a programme titled Rabish Ki Report in which actor Shivankit Singh Parihar portrays Ravish Kumar as “Raja Rabish Kumar.”

  • For Creative Literature and Hindi Journalism, Ravish was awarded the prestigious Ganesh Sankar Vidyarthi Award in 2010.

  • Ravish never thought he’d end up living in Delhi for over two decades, he says-

    I always thought I would go back to Bihar, but I never did.”

  • In 2019, he became the first Hindi journalist to be honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in Manila, Philippines.

    Ravish Kumar Ramon Magsaysay Award

    Ramon Magsaysay 2019 awardees, from left Filipino Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab, Thai Angkhana Neelapaijit, Indian Ravish Kumar, Burmese Ko Swe Win and South Korean Kim Jong Ki poses during ceremonies in Manila, Philippines

  • Here’s a video in which Ravish Kumar is talking about his journey in NDTV India:

  • Here’s an interesting video about Ravish Kumar’s biography:

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