Senior NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar recently became the talk of the town when he recently resigned from NDTV. He is a renowned media personality and an author as well. Ravish was awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2019. The award is considered to be the Asian version of the Noble Prize.
He was NDTV India’s senior executive editor and one of India’s most influential TV journalists of all time. He gained massive popularity for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”.
Reportedly, Ravish Kumar resigned from NDTV on 30 November 2022. It was revealed that through an internal mail within the channel it was announced that the resignation was effective immediately.
Here are a few lesser-known facts about Ravish Kumar that you don’t know
Ravish Kumar was born on 5 December 1974 in Jitvarpur village in East Champaran, Bihar.
Ravish Kumar’s family
His father’s name is Baliram Pandey, and his brother is Brajesh Kumar Pandey. However, the information related to his mother is not disclosed.
Ravish completed his high school at Loyola High School, Patna. Later, he moved to Delhi in 1990 for further studies and did his bachelor’s and master’s in History from Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi.
Ravish was scared of English – speaking people in Delhi
English-speaking people scared Ravish as he was not so good at it. He even rented a Barsati in the bylanes of Govindpuri because of his fear of facing people from” English- speaking zones”.
When he joined Deshbandhu College, his teachers Anil Sethi and Rana Bahal acted as his mentors and helped him throughout. He revealed,
“They taught me English, how to eat at a table, how to talk to girls, how to wear a tie.”
Ravish Prepared for the Civil Services Examination but he couldn’t make it
He completed his MPhil from the University of Delhi. He enrolled in a post-graduate diploma in Hindi Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Ravish Kumar’s wife and children
When he was pursuing his M.Phil studies, Ravish Kumar met his future wife who was studying at Indraprastha College in Delhi. Nayana is presently a history teacher at Lady Shriram College of Commerce.
Ravish and Nayana’s love story:
Before tying the knot, Ravish and Nayana were in a relationship for around seven years. In those days Ravish was short on money, so they used to go for long walks and visit cafes. Moreover, Ravish’s family strongly objected to their marriage. Ravish is a Brahmin, an upper caste and Nayana belonged to a Bengali Community.
However, Ravish broke ties with his family for his better half and got married to her. The couple is blessed with two beautiful daughters.
Ravish’s career as a journalist
He was employed by NDTV India from 1996 to 2022, he worked very hard to be a senior reporter from a field reporter. Ravish resigned from NDTV on 30th November 2022.
Ravish was offered his show, Prime Time with Ravish Kumar after NDTV launched the NDTV India channel
NDTV India is a 24-hour Hindi news channel that is meant for the nation’s millions of native Hindi speakers. The Ravish Kumar Prime Time show was about “Striving for a people-based journalism”. He called his newsroom ‘the people’s newsroom’.
Ravish Kumar’s brother Brajesh Kumar Pandey was a senior Congress leader
However, Brajesh had to quit Congress after his name was involved in a sex scandal.
Kumar is also an author and has published many books
Ravish is also an author and has written numerous short stories named Laprek- Laghu Prem Katha, (Ishq Mein Shahar Hona), Dekhate Rahiye, Bolna Hi Hai: Loktantra, Sanskriti Aur Rashtra Ke Bare Mein, and The Free Voice – On Democracy, Culture, and The Nation.
Controversies associated with Ravish
- When Ravish’s brother, Brajesh Kumar Pandey’s name came up in the involvement of a sex racket case back in 2017, Ravish Kumar was criticized for not reporting the incident in his news shows.
- He was attacked for publicly criticizing Arnab Goswami.
Ravish quit Twitter in 2015 After being trolled excessively on social media by online trolling mobs
Even after being a TV anchor, ravish often quotes about not watching TV news, which is ironic
A documentary was made on Ravish Kumar titled “Namaskar! Main Ravish Kumar” in Hindi which won the Amplify Voices Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival by the English name “While We Watched”
The feature-length Ravish Kumar movie has been made by filmmaker Vinay Shukla, and
it spans the broadcasting days of Ravish at NDTV.
The Screen Patti (TSP), a well-known YouTube channel, ran a show named Rabish Ki Report
Actor Shivankit Singh Parihar portrayed the role of Ravish Kumar as “Raja Rabish Kumar”
Ravish Kumar’s Net Worth
Ravish Kumar’s Net Worth is estimated to be Rs. 158 Crore in 2022 ($20 Million)