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Trend of journalists turning into politicians on rise
The recent trend of Journalists turning Politicians in Kashmir valley and in other parts of country seems picking ahead of parliamentary polls and upcoming Assembly elections. The sudden surge of journalists leaving their cushioned jobs to join politics can be credited largely to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has inspired people to work for change.

It was the media which hailed Kejriwal as the messiah of the masses after his popular anti-corruption rally in Delhi with Anna Hazare. The movement itself saw many journalists openly declaring their leanings than be a closet supporter of a cause.

Pertinently earlier this year, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, a renowned broadcaster and journalist of BBC joined People's democratic Party ( PDP), Rashid Rahel, Editor of Urdu daily Asian Mail joins Awami Ithehad Party (AIP), Shazia Ilmi, News anchor of Indian National Hindi channel, Ashish Khetan of Tehalka, Ashutosh of IBN7, Mukul Tripathi of Amar Ujala, Anita Pratap of Time magazine, Manish Sisodia of Zee News, Rakhi Bidlan, a reporter of a TV Channel, Jarnail Singh, a reporter of Hindi Newspaper joined Aam Admi Party (AAP), Sucharita Mohanti, a former journalist is contesting Lok Sabha polls on Congress ticket from Odisha's Puri seat.

The latest to join the bandwagon is senior journalist and author MJ Akbar, who was indicted into the Bharatiya Janta Party this month. Incidentally, Akbar, who was a Congress MP from Kishanganj in Bihar between 1989 and 1991, was also the Congress party spokesperson in 1989, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He will now be the BJP spokesperson.

Meanwhile reliable sources told that few more journalists from Kashmir valley are likely to join Politics ahead of polls among Tahir Syeed, who is associated with the renowned Urdu daily of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to join People's Democratic Party (PDP) in upcoming days. His journalistic contribution was published in J&K, India & Pakistan. 

Having Strong Political family background, Tahir Syeed is the grandson of Late Moulana Anwar Masoodi (Younger brother of Moulana Mohammad Syed Masoodi, Founder General Secretary of J&K National Conference). Late Moulana Anwar Masoodi, grandfather of Tahir Syed was the member of J&K Constituent Assembly & J&K Legislative Council. Tahir Syeed is also nephew of peer Abdul Rashid, a senior politician from Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

When this citizen journalist contacted Tahir Syeed, he said "Yes, off course I have decided to join politics as I have had obvious interest in public affairs. At this stage of my life, I decided to directly contribute by joining politics, which is an instrument of change." However he refused to disclose the political party name he is joining adding that "let's wait for right time. Everybody will come to Know."

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