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Sagar Kaul

Sagar Kaul is a journalist based in New Delhi, India. Former News Editor for Newzulu International, a crowd-sourced news wire agency based in Paris. As an news editor I was looking after India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. I was responsible for recruiting new contributors for the website, sourcing breaking stories in addition to establishing partnerships with some of the largest media outfits in India. I was also responsible for validating stories across the Newzulu platforms and sending them out to our International wire partners. 

Prior to joining Newzulu, I worked with the London-based media agency, Barcroft Media, as a staff photographer/videographer in their editorial department. I had regular assignments documenting human interest stories that have been featured around the world. My photographs and videos have appeared in internationally renowned publications such as the Guardian, Time magazine, Huffington Post, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Mirror, the L.A. Times and the New York Post. My feature on the 'Human trafficking and homeless children of Delhi' was featured in the 2013 Human Trafficking report released by US State Department for which I was invited for the release function.

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THE world's tallest woman, Siddiqa Parveen, has been given a new lease of life - after Indian doctors successfully removed a tumour from her brain. The 28-year-old - who is estimated to be 7ft 8in tall, but cannot stand upright - suffered from gigantism brought on by a condition known as Giant Invasive Pituitary tumour. Doctors had feared that if left untreated she would lose her eyesight, forcing them to transport her nearly 1,000 miles from her remote village in south Dinajpur district, West Bengal to Delhi. The woman's unique size - which saw her recently crowned the world's tallest woman by Guinness Book of Records - posed medical authorities huge challenges.


CITY Montessori school in India is the world's biggest - with a staggering 47,000 pupils. It is so large a packed Anfield could comfortably attend - with room to spare. The school - known as CMS for short - employs an army of 3,800 staff, including teachers, support staff, cleaners, rickshaw drivers, and even electricians, carpenters and gardeners. It has over 1,000 classrooms, 3,700 computers and goes through thousands of pounds worth of stationary and books each year. Based in the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, CMS was set up by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, 75, and his wife Bharti in 1959 with just five pupils. Today, it sprawls over 20 campuses across the city - and is still growing despite doubling in size during the last 14-years alone.


Poorly Indian patients are shunning modern medicine - for gruesome roadside blood letting clinics. The practice of blood letting involved controlled bleeding in an attempt to rid the body of what practioners call "polluted blood". Hakim Muhammad Gyas, 79, runs one such clinic in New Delhi, the Indian capital. He claims this technique can cure most forms of arthritis, heart disease and even the early stages of blood cancer.

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Once a thriving industry in Kashmir, the gun-making factories which used to produce high quality hunting rifles have turned into a picture of sadness and neglect due to the last two decades of conflict. Many master gun makers had to change their profession as they were recruited by the the militants and the army to join their ranks. With the change in the scale of violence the state government allowed these gun manufacturing units to re-start their business. The few factories that were able to re-start production are facing significant problems due to the apathy of the concerned departments in issuing permits for making guns. One of the owners of the factory said "The government gives us a permit to make 50 rifles in a month but they have stopped issuing gun licenses to the people who are interested in owning hunting rifles. If we are not able to sell any guns, what good is the permit to us". Link:


CHILDREN in India are cramming into these makeshift school buses - made from a cage placed on the back of a rickshaw. The rickety bicycles can seat up to TEN kids and ferry them to and from schools across the capital New Delhi. The vehicles - reminiscent of the child catcher car in blockbuster Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - whizz through the city's notorious grid lock each morning and afternoon.


A group of school children in India are taught in their makeshift classroom - under a railway bridge. The noisy underpass doubles as a classroom for two hours each day after heroic shopkeeper Rajesh Kumar Sharma, 42, built it himself. The rudimentary learning space is situated under a Metro train bridge in a slum area of New Delhi called Yamuna Bank. It consists of two black boards painted on a wall, two broken chairs for the teachers and simply rugs for the students to sit on. Rajesh - who set up the school after worrying about children from nearby slums missing out on an education - now has around 40 kids attending daily aged between four and 12. This video also recently appeared on Russell Howard's Good News comedy TV program.


A GRIEVING husband is building the ultimate monument of love to his late wife - a carbon copy of the Taj Mahal in India his garden. Faizul Hasan Kadari, 77, can see the towering structure from his humble home in rural Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh state, India. He set upon the plan to recreate a smaller 50ft by 50ft version of the iconic wonder in Agra following his wife Tajammuli Begum's death in December 2011. So far Faizul has spent £10,500 of his life savings building the 5000-square-feet structure. he has also sold of family heirlooms and raided his pension to fund the build.


Roona Begum was 18 months old, living in a remote village, when she was discovered by an outside agency that noticed her unusually large head. She was admitted to a hospital in New Delhi with a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, and required immediate life saving surgery. An international group of students raised money for her surgery through a Kickstarter campaign. Fortis Hospital in New Delhi agreed to provide free medical care, and British dailies such as The Sun and The Mirror used these photos to generate funds through its subscribers - allowing for her complete medical costs to be covered. Roona has already gone through several successful surgeries and is currently on her way to recovery. Roona's story is one that ended on a happy note. The doctors that first saw her were amazed to see her alive since, according to them, children with such severe hydrocephalus rarely survive beyond 12 months.

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani is one of the most controversial separatist leaders in India-administered Kashmir. With the increase in his popularity over the years, he has been kept constantly under house arrest, only allowed to leave his house for necessary medical treatments. He is the founder of Tahreek-e-Hurriyat Kashmir (Hurriyat) - an umbrella organisation of separatist parties that supports the merger of Kashmir with Pakistan. Hurriyat has repeatedly protested against human right violations in Kashmir. Geelani gained prominence when his name appeared in Wikileaks as one of the only separatist leaders to never have changed his stance. This is an exclusive insight into his day-to-day life which has never been documented before.

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