Meet the Reporters Behind The Quint’s 2021 Election Coverage

Every election is unpredictable, but this year the coronavirus pandemic made it like never before.

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Tamil Nadu
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Producer: Debayan Dutta

‘Ki Bolche Bangla,’ the ‘Untiffining’ series, stories on bridge politics, campaign trails with netas, number crunching... This election season, we at The Quint have brought to you ground reports from Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry.

The Quint’s reporters Tridip Mandal, Ishadrita Lahiri, Debayan Dutta, and Smitha TK on Wednesday, 7 April, sat down to talk about the legwork, failed calls, frustrated edit nights, and the carnival-style election campaigns that they have been through in the battleground states this year.

Every election is unpredictable, but this year the coronavirus pandemic made it a polling season like never before. We, the reporters, work solo, armed usually with only a selfie stick and a phone.

While it is a challenge convincing people to open up to a masked stranger while maintaining social distancing norms, we have constantly managed to objectively present the most real problems on the ground.

‘Ki Bolche Bangla’ is a series exploring the problems faced by people in different pockets of West Bengal that need to be addressed by the leaders of the state.

The ‘Untiffining’ series is an attempt at unboxing politicians in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with a twist.

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