Dr Vartika Nanda represents India at the International Prison Radio Conference in Oslo

The prison tour was especially designed to help understand the best practices adopted by Norwegian prisons.

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Published: Jun 25, 2022 9:07 PM  | 2 min read
Dr Vartika Nanda

Dr. Vartika Nanda is the founder of Tinka Tinka Foundation and the Head of Department of Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, recently represented India at the first International Prison Radio Conference in Oslo

Her 30-minute exhaustive presentation included an overview of prison radio in India and details of prison radio initiatives implemented by her non-profit organisation, Tinka Tinka Foundation, in District Jails of Agra and Dehradun as well as 8 jails of Haryana.  More than 100  inmates have been trained as RJs under the aegis of Dr. Vartika Nanda, founder of Tinka Tinka Foundation. Nearly a dozen songs have been released during the course of prison radio training and its implementation. 

Nanda also gave a comprehensive view of her acclaimed 'Tinka Model of Prison Reforms' that utilizes the power of media and creativity for  integrating jail inmates with the mainstream. She respectfully mentioned the support that she has received from government authorities in her efforts. 

Explaining the philosophy underlying the jail radios in India, Nanda emphasized the importance of freedom of expression behind the bars for overall progressive development of the society. Dr. Nanda highlighted that

Tinka Tinka was trying to sensitize the outside world about the lives of inmates in the prisons  with the help of prison radio. 

The two-day conference included a visit to Oslo Prison and provided an opportunity to study the prison radio project therein. The prison tour was especially designed to help understand the best practices adopted by Norwegian prisons. Participants also shared their views on the logistics, limitations, scope and opportunities concerning prison radio projects. There was a consensus among participants that prison radio can strengthen democratic values and liberties across the world.  

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