Who is Rajni Kaul? BBC’s First Hindi News Broadcaster

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Rajni Kaul BBC: Rajni Kaul who was the first News Broadcaster for BBC Hindi passed away in Faridabad, Haryana on Tuesday. She was 93. She will be cremated on Wednesday as per reports.

Kaul achieved the feat around 60 years ago. She was not only the first woman to join BBC Hindi as a staff member she also and became the first woman to read a news bulletin in Hindi on the network in 1961. She was well-known for her programme Indradhanush.

Born in Peshawar in undivided India Kaul worked with All India Radio (AIR) in New Delhi before joining the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington subsequently she moved to BBC in London.

She was married to well-known broadcast journalist Mahendra Kaul and worked together at the VOA and the BBC. Mahendra Kaul passed away in 2018 before his 96th birthday. Together they have a daughter the barrister and judge Kalyani Kaul.

Many people paid their tributes to Kaul on Twitter. Here is a look:

Ashish Tripathi wrote, “She was the first woman to join @BBCHindi as a staffer and became the first woman to read a news bulletin in #Hindi on the network in 1961

Shiv Kant wrote, “The most loved broadcaster of #BBCHindi, Mrs Rajni Kaul has passed away. She was 93. Affectionately known as, ‘smile of the Hindi service’ she was best known for her informative and witty programme Indradhanush. She will be equally missed by listeners of #AIR, #VOA & #BBC.”

BBC Hindi is a subsidiary of the well-known British news service. It started in India on 11 May 1940 and operated through radio. Currently, it is available on website, TV, audio and social networks platforms.