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Tinka Tinka Foundation, founded by DrVartika Nanda, s a Public Charitable Trust that acts as a bridge between the prisons, judiciary and societyTinka Tinka aims to rekindle hope in the lives of inmates and motivate them to take positive steps towards reformationThis initiative also tries to connect jails across India through artistic and creative pursuits.Effectively employing the tools of mass communication towards making constructive changes, Tinka Tinka is also setting an example of empathetic and developmental journalism and is working towards encouraging to introduce prison reporting in newsrooms.


WebsiteThis website tinkatinkaprisonreforms.org’ is the first website of its kind fully dedicated to news, information and creativity from prisonsIt also offers inmates an opportunity to act as reporters by being a platform for them to present the stories they collect from within prisonsThis website was released by Shri Kiren Rijiju, MOS, Home in 2016.


YouTube ChannelThe YouTube channel ‘Tinka Tinka Prison Reformswas created to produce and share meaningful videos and films on prisons across the country

Our four projects – 1Tinka Tinka Tihar; 2Tinka Tinka Dasna and; 3.Tinka Tinka Agra 4. Tinka Tinka Madhya Pradesh – have enabled inmates to give a vent to their creativity.


2013: Tinka Tinka TiharThe first book, Tinka Tinka Tihar, made it into the Limca Book of Records for its originality in 2015This book makes a unique effort to provide creative space to women who are lodged in the largest prison of South Asia, the Tihar JailCoauthored with Vimla Mehra,IPS, Former Director General, Delhi Prisons, it features a collection of poems written by selected women inmates of Tihar JailIt was published in both Hindi and English by Rajkamal Prakashan and was released by the then Union Minister of Home Affairs, Sushil Kumar Shinde, at the International APCCA Conference, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in 2013.Based on the theme of a poem written by an inmate, Seema Raghuvanshi, in the book Tinka Tinka Tihar, the outer wall of Tihar Jail was painted and this became the longest mural painting in India.


2015: Tinka Tinka DasnaThe second book, Tinka Tinka Dasna, is a firstofitskind in its method of combining journalism and literature in its reportage on life in jailsThe book records the journey of five individuals whose lives changed after being sentenced to life imprisonment in Dasna JailIt is about their search for meaning within their altered circumstances.It also presents the picture of a 3D painting made on the central jail wall in Dasna and features the theme song of Dasna written by Vartika Nanda.

Awards on Prison Reforms: Tinka Tinka has also introduced two awardsTinka Tinka India Awards and Tinka Tinka Bandini Awards – to honor the inmates and prison staff who engage in artwork, literature and research on human rights issues.


2017: LibraryThe Tinka Tinka Library, started in 2017, sends books and stationery to prisons situated in various parts of the country in order to promote literacy and education in prisons.


Who is Vartika Nanda: DrVartika Nanda, the founder of Tinka Tinka Foundation, is a media educator and prison reformerShe is the recipient of the Stree Shakti Puraskar (a.k.a Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award), 2013, conferred upon her by the then President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjeein Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2014Her name has also been included in theLimca Book of Records twice, once in 2015 for her book Tinka Tinka Tihar(for being the first book of its kind emerging out of any prison in India)and again in 2017 for her song Tinka Tinka Tihar, sung by the inmates of Tihar Prisons.  She was one among the very few women reporters in India who ventured into crime reportingShe rose to become the Head of Crime Beat in NDTV and was the first Executive Producer of Lok Sabha TV.Currently, she heads the Department of Journalism in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, India.


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