Shazia Ilmi

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Shazia Ilmi
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EducationMass Comm.
OccupationSocial Activist, Journalist
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Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi.jpg
EducationMass Comm.
OccupationSocial Activist, Journalist

Shazia Ilmi is an Indian social activist. She was previously a television journalist and anchor at Star News. She was a spokesperson for the India Against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2011 and 2012. She led a media campaign for an anti-corruption bill (to institute an Ombudsman popularly known as Jan Lokpal Bill) which caught the imagination of millions of Indians and became a widespread protest across the nation. She was a member of the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive but left the party in May 2014.

Early life[edit]

Shazia Ilmi comes from a Kanpur-based Muslim family with links to the Indian National Congress political party. Her father was the founder and editor of Siyasat Jadid, a Kanpur-based newspaper. One of her uncles has been a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for over two decades, as well as holding ministerial office in the state. Her sister is married to Arif Mohammed Khan, a former Indian National Congress politician and minister who has since joined the Bahujan Samaj Party.[1]

Ilmi was educated at St. Mary’s School in Kanpur and Nainital and then at St. Bede's College, Shimla.[2] She then completed degree courses in journalism and broadcasting at Jamia Millia Islamia and the University of Wales, Cardiff,[1] and also completed a Diploma in 16mm Film production at New York Film Academy.[3]

Television career[edit]

Ilmi spent 15 years in varied aspects of television news and documentary production.[1] She has been an anchor on Star News, where she hosted and produced the popular prime time news show Desh Videsh.[4] She has produced several current affairs shows and documentaries focussing on gender issues and rights of Indian minority groups.[citation needed]

Ilmi has been a member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television.[5] Her film titled P.O. 418 Siyasat Kanpur, concerning the struggle for survival of an Urdu language newspaper, was screened at the IAWRT film festival in 2011[6] and also at events such as a similar festival in Kerala.[7] She was also a co-director, with Radha Hola, of a 1996 documentary concerning the eco-feminist Vandana Shiva. This film, called Daughter of the Earth — Portrait of Vandana Shiva, has been shown by various television broadcasters, including the Discovery Channel.[8]


Ilmi was active in the India Against Corruption movement, for which her media experience suited her. She has been described as a "media strategist".[1][9]

She was a member of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party[10] and was seen in a sting operation, along with other AAP leaders such as Kumar Vishwas, allegedly accepting money for the party in return for favours.[11] She offered to withdraw her candidature in the Delhi legislative assembly elections of 2013.[12] which the party has rejected after going through the entire raw footage, calling the operation a political conspiracy.[13] The Election Commission has ordered an inquiry regarding the legitimacy of the video.[14]

She contested the Lok Sabha elections, 2014 from the Ghaziabad constituency but lost to VK Singh and also lost her deposit.[15] She was unhappy with the party's leadership which led to her resignation from the party on 24 May 2014.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d Sruthijith, K. K. (25 December 2011). "Shazia Ilmi, ex-journalist: The Muslim face of Team Anna". The Economic Times. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ BP Staff (2 August 2012). "The Biography of Shazia Ilmi, a prominent Team Anna Member". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Voll, Klaus; Kamakshi Nanda (2013). AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP) A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN INDIA. FEPS. p. 9. 
  4. ^ Kaniwal, Rahul (18 August 2011). "A thinktank brings Anna the eyeballs". India Today. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "IAWRT Members and their World Premiere Films". The International Association of Women in Radio and Television Newsletter (IAWRT) 2 (1): 4. April 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Becoming a woman". The Hindu. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "4th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Government of Kerala. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Daughter of the earth - Portrait of Vandana Shiva". 10 Francs. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Reflections: Women and Technology". International Women's Conference. 2012. p. 11. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "National Executive". Aam Aadmi Party. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "AAP leaders raising funds through illegal means, shows sting; Kejriwal cries foul". Indian Express. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "AAP sting operation: Arvind Kejriwal cries conspiracy, Shazia Ilmi offers to resign". Zee News. 22 November. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "AAP defends Shazia Ilmi, threatens to sue Media Sarkar and TV channels". Indian Express. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "EC begins inquiry into sting operation against AAP leaders". India Today. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "6th Candidate List Announced - 2014 Elections". Aam Aadmi Party official portal. 
  16. ^ "AAP in turmoil as Shazia Ilmi and Captain Gopinath quit". The Economic Times. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-21.