ISH News Features in The Times of India
The Times Of India
Apr 4, 2019

ISH News is extremely honoured to be featured in an article by The Times of India on 2nd April 2019. The article was headlined “Online News Channel for India's 1.8 Crore Deaf People Signs in”. We are

ISH News is extremely honoured to be featured in an article by The Times of India on 2nd April 2019. The article was headlined  “Online News Channel for India's 1.8 Crore Deaf People Signs in”.

Mr Alok Kejriwal a Deaf businessman who graduated with a B.S. degree from Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA, founded ISH News - a not-for-profit organisation.  ISH News is fully funded by Mr. Kejriwal's pharmaceutical packaging materials company AAPL Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Mr Kejriwal found TV news difficult to understand, as all the channels are in the spoken language, which Deaf people can't  follow. These channels do not have any subtitles either.

He founded ISH News with the help of a Deaf friend Aqil Chinoy and Mansi Shah a Hearing CODA. ISH News stands for, India Signing Hands.

We are an online news channel that provides daily news in Indian Sign Language to the 1.8 crore strong Indian Deaf community. All the videos are along with subtitles and voice-over.

This news channel provides news on a variety of action-packed topics. For example, Rahul Gandhi’s promise to provide 20% of the poorest families in India with Rs 72,000/- each year, was skilfully delivered using Indian Sign Language.

Mr Kejriwal said that along with the use of fingers, hands and arms, facial expressions are very important in Indian Sign Language. A wrong facial expression can convey the wrong message. Mansi Shah makes sure no mistakes occur.  

ISH News has 14 lakh viewers through Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and our own website.

Before the company launched, Deaf professionals were called for interviews. These Deaf professionals said that they had never been interviewed in Sign Language directly by a Deaf employer.

All this would not be possible without the 10 ISH News team members which is made up of 7 Deaf professionals, 2 Hearing CODAs and one hearing person. Our news anchors are called news signers.