Kashmiri Journalist and Web Activist is Twitter India Chief
By Fayaz Wani | ENS | Published: 12th January 2014 09:32 AM |
Raheel Khursheed, 30, a local journalist-cum-online activist has taken over as chief of Twitter India, following his appointment earlier this month as head of the news, politics and government division at the popular microblogging site.
Twitter, which along with Facebook is one of the two top social websites, had created the post specifically for a few emerging countries, including India.
He will be in charge of the efforts to provide frontline technical support to the Twitter users, with the job also entailing the setting up of internal support and policy teams.
Besides, Raheel has been given the brief to manage, streamline and expand the social site’s ties with journalists/editors and government officials/ politicians to significantly increase the Twitter penetration among them.
Earlier, Raheel was Director Communications, India at Change.org,the world’s fastest growing social action platform. There he oversaw several campaigns, including the one on juvenile justice in Kashmir and another called ‘StopRape’, launched in the wake of the horrendous December 16 Delhi gangrape.
He was also instrumental in giving the much needed visibility to hundreds of petitions highlighting the various injustices. A prolific tweeter Raheel has posted 44,226 tweets. Hailing from Anantnag in South Kashmir, the young journalist had his early education in his home state. Later, he secured a Master’s in Mass Communication from Pune University’s Symbiosis Institute. He cut his teeth by joining news channel CNN-IBN as reporter in February 2006 and worked there until Sept 2009.
In October 2009, he joined Times Now TV and remained there until October 2010, when he moved to the US-based NGO Mercy Corps.
Raheel also did some news stories and features for leading print and broadcast media. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, ProPublica, BBC World Service, The Wall Street Journal Online, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, ANI and a host of other publications.
Besides, as a strategic communications consultant he had been an advisor to UNDP, Tata Sons and TQMS. Interestingly, Raheel has been critical of both the BJP and Congress. And in some of his tweets in 2012, he had taken a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, long before he was anointed the BJP PM candidate.