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The Real Changemakers: This Chennai Journalist-Turned-YouTuber Wants To Focus On News That Matters To People

Deepan Chakravarthi wants to be a changemaker in society by making content that is useful for the public in any way. He says this is the reason that he makes a lot of content on development that can be useful for the people.

Deepan Chakravarthi joined us on this week’s episode of ‘The Real Changemakers‘ on India Ahead. Born and raised in Tamil Nadu, Chakravarthi worked as a reporter for a private TV news channel for 8 years and is now a full time YouTuber. He started his YouTube channel ‘Chennai Vlogger’ in January 2018. He says he was passionate about politics and social issues since childhood and wanted to become a lawyer or civil servant initially, but slipped into journalism in 2011. Two years into his job as a journalist, he realized he wanted to focus on digital journalism.

He moved from being a reporter to a YouTuber because of the freedom that the platform provided, unlike a traditional news channel that came with its limitations. He says that platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter came with unlimited possibilities. He wants to be a changemaker in society by making content that is useful for the public in any way. He says this is the reason that he makes a lot of content on development that can be useful for the people. 

He says that though the name of his channel is Chennai vlogger, his content is not limited to the city and he makes vlogs all over Tamil Nadu and South Indian, which focus on people, culture, travel and society. He also contested the 2021 assembly election in Tamil Nadu as an independent candidate and spread awareness about the election procedure, including how to contest polls, how to file nomination papers etc through a series. 

He also spoke about the Dravidian model of governance and stated that though the model is beneficial for Tamil Nadu, the state needs to focus on bringing about a change in order to resolve issues like corruption and family politics and focus on development.