Natasha Singh

Natasha Singh

Birth
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Death 16 Apr 1993 (aged 28)
Afghanistan
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot 36
Memorial ID 188989583 · View Source
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Brief Introduction by parents
NATASHA 1964-1993
This is to commemorate our daughter NATASHA SINGH, who was born in military hospital Jhansi, in India, on July 10, 1964; and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, on April 16, 1993.

Natasha arrived in the United States in January 1971. She started as a student of Montclair Elementary School, then Montera Junior High and Skyline High, and finally graduated in Journalism from San Jose State University in 1987.

After a brief stint with a radio station in Monterey, she got a broadcasting job with a radio station in Charles Town, in West Virginia. She worked here for about 3 years. It was here, in Charles Town, that she was asked by a local judge to reveal the source of a story she broadcast. She refused and invoked her journalist’s privilege. The judge ordered her prosecution for ‘failure to answer questions when ordered by court’. She appealed and the case went to West VA high court. The West VA high court upheld the right of journalists to keep their sources confidential. Imagine a little girl from Cabot Drive making judicial history in West VA.

In April 91 she moved to New Delhi, India, as a freelance foreign journalist. She reported for various organizations, notably Japanese NKH on their program ‘Asia Now', ABC News, NBC News, Voice of America, and a few newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, and a newer Indian Newspaper called ‘The Pioneer’.

In April 92, she went to Afghanistan when the then communist government’s fall appeared imminent. Such transfer of power is seldom smooth. A civil war broke out and more than a hundred foreign journalists, Natasha among them, were stranded. It was here that she got a taste of the life of a foreign correspondent who moves from one dangerous situation to another. Luckily there was a brief truce and the foreign correspondents flew out back to New Delhi, India.

Subsequently she went to Thailand just in time to cover the student uprising and the fall of the military government there. She also went to the hideouts of the Burmese rebels and wrote a story about them. In between, there were always significant happenings in India and Pakistan, like the demolition of the Babri mosque, the Bombay riots, Benazir Bhutto’s march in Pakistan, the opium and heroin trade in the NW Frontier province of Pakistan, and Natasha invariably rushed in to report on them.

In April 93, exactly a year after the transfer of power, she and another journalist, Sharon Herbaugh, went to Afghanistan to write about ‘The Tragedy of Afghanistan One Year After’. Their theme was that in spite of the fall of the Communist Regime, or perhaps because of it, Afghanistan was in worse shape under the new regime. In particular, they were covering the poorer economic conditions, lawlessness, and deaths and disabilities due to millions of mines still in the ground. The mines were not only killing people but were also hampering operations such as grazing cattle and sowing and reaping crops.

On April 16, 93, on invitation from the governor of Baghlan Province, Natasha and Sharon took a ride in a government helicopter to go and interview the governor at his place about 40 miles away from Pule-Khumri. It was supposed to be only a 15-minute flight. Alas in the 6th minute there was some mechanical failure and the helicopter crashed killing all the 15 people on board – Natasha and Sharon among them.

Thus ended the life and career of this brave girl, who, in her 28 years of life, did what she wanted to do most, and died doing it with her ’Boots On’.

http://natashasingh.blogspot.com/2006/10/brief-introduction-by-parents.html


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  • Created by: mamajan0208
  • Added: 19 Apr 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 188989583
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Natasha Singh (10 Jul 1964–16 Apr 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 188989583, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by mamajan0208 (contributor 49436022) .