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Akhand- The Human Rights Defender

Thursday, Sep 26 - 2013 | By Odishabook.com

Akhand was born in a higher caste Hindu Brahmin family, to Banamali Mishra and Bidulata Mihra, on June 17, 1978. He did his Bachelor’s course in Science from S.C.S.college under Utkal University in 1998. Then he opted for Journalism and completed Post Graduate Diploma from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2000. He also has a master Degree in Rural Development from Same University. He is also a Law Graduate. He married Kalpana Mishra (Teacher) on 12 March 2006 and has a 5 year old son, Astik Aviyan. 

Akhand is an Independent grass-root rural Journalist and Human Rights Defender from India. He is the one of the founding members of India Media Centre (IMC), which works for the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society and protection of their human rights. He leads a cultural movement for peace and national integration and a campaign to stop violence against women (i.e. Campaign Jyoti) in India’s eastern coastal state of Odisha. Akhand has been providing direct free legal assistance to the victim or his/her family members in case of Human Rights Violation through direct intervention. He approaches National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights commission on behalf of the victim or his/her family. He also fights for Human rights violation in various other forms where public is directly or indirectly affected. Till now more than 7000 persons have benefitted directly by the intervention of Akhand and more than millions of people are the beneficiaries in view of policy making after the judgment of Apex rights panel i.e. National Human Rigths Commission (NHRC). He started working for mainstream media in 2000, after completing Post Graduate Diploma from IGNOU in Journalism. Right from the start, he concentrated on socio-political issues and on the margins of society. When reporting on issues such as Rural Development, poverty and Womens role in Panchayat Raj, he found that questions of political responsibility and gender-related discrimination became increasingly important to him. As a result he became active with the “Odisha Union of Journalists”. 

Akhand has been selected as one of the nominee for the International Human Dignity Award 2013- 14, Berlin in the field of Human Rights protection.
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