An India-born journalism lecturer has won one of the most prestigious competitive ballroom dance titles in the UK. This is for the first time that an Indian has won this laurel. Chindu and his dance partner Janine will now represent England in the world championships in May 2013 at Blackpool. Chindu had formed a partnership with Janine in March this year, and after six months of concerted training, they had begun competing in October. This was their first national championship together, against several well-established partnerships. A Keralite,
Chindu worked as a journalist covering the Kashmir conflict before moving to England nine years ago to undertake a Ph.D in war journalism. He currently runs the MA International journalism course at Bournemouth University in south-east England. Talking about their achievement, Chindu said, “This is something I and anine have worked towards from the first day of our partnership. Hard work paid off” Chindu, 39, said. He had moved to England in 2003.