Résumé

Experience

Committee to Protect Journalists – India Correspondent

July 2018 – Present 

New Delhi Area, India

I’m responsible for covering press freedom violation in India for CPJ. I am also involved in advocacy and training related to journalist safety and security.

Impulse NGO Network – Core Committee Member & Journalism Mentor at Impulse NGO Network Press Lab

January 2018 – Present 

Shillong Area, India

I’m on the steering committee of the Impulse NGO Network Model Press Lab, which supports reporters who cover human trafficking-related stories. Every year we select three fellows in India, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh each and mentor them for a year as they cover issues related to human trafficking.

Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition –  Spiritual Programme Coordinator at Root Institute

January 2019 – Present 

Bodhgaya, India

I volunteer with the SPC department of Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, Bodhgaya. Root Institute is a Buddhist centre in the Tibetan tradition located in Bodhgaya, India. I’m responsible for organising spiritual programmes related to Buddhism around the year. Root Insititute is affiliated to FPMT.

VICE Media – News Editor (India)

October 2017 – March 2018 

New Delhi Area, India

One of the founding editors of VICE (vice.com) in India. Helping shape up the content strategy for one of the most popular and reputed journalism brands of our times for the subcontinent.

Indian Express Digital – Founding Editor – InUth.com

August 2016 – October 2017 

Noida Area, India

I was the founding editor of InUth.com, a youth-centric infotainment website from the Indian Express Group with focuses on news trends, social virals, entertainment and sports. I supervised a team of 30+ multimedia reporters, video editors, and copy editors. In less than a year, managed to become one of the top 5 youth sites in the country beating big names like HuffPost India and Story Pick.

Catch News – Editor, Operations & Speed News

August 2014 – July 2016 

New Delhi Area, India

I was the youngest among the four founding editors of Catch News. Involved in the project from day one, working on the website designing, content planning and responsible for the hiring of the editorial staff. I was in charge for the day-to-day running of the real-time news team of 20 reporters and the social media team of three.

Zee Media Corporation Limited – Associate Editor (Digital)

January 2014 – August 2014 

Mumbai Area, India

I joined as the editor responsible for political content for digital properties of the entire Zee Media group including dnaindia.com and india.com. I was asked to take over the editorial functioning of DNA news website around April 2014. I headed a team of 17 members including web producers, writers, and copy desk. I created exclusive online content on and around General Election 2014 for dnaindia.com and india.com, mostly through comment pieces by young writers. I worked on revamping dnaindia.com design as well. My big focus was on discovering new opinion writers and making content relevant for younger readers

Tehelka

4 years 4 months

New Delhi Area, India

Assistant Editor – November 2012 – December 2013

I headed the digital operations of Tehelka, supervising a team of 15 members including copy editors, video editors, radio professionals and IT coders. I revamped the Tehelka website and launched Tehelka.com 2.0. I expanded Tehelka online platforms to include Tehelka Radio and Tehelka Blogs. Implemented a successful social media strategy which saw Tehelka’s numbers on Twitter and Facebook increase multifold

Principal Correspondent – March 2012 – November 2012

I focused on foreign affairs, travelling to and reporting from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Bangladesh. I wrote on India-Pakistan trade and the interest from Pakistan Military. I became one of the first Indian reporters to cover the Shahbag movement in Bangladesh. I was also asked to work on Tehelka’s social media strategy and launch Tehelka Blog.

Senior Correspondent – May 2011 – March 2012

I won the Statesman Award for an investigative report on child miners in Meghalaya. I travelled to the jungles of Chhattisgarh to interview Maoist leaders after the deadly attack on CRPF jawans. I focused on politics with a first-page weekly interview column in Tehelka

Correspondent – September 2009 – April 2011

I joined Tehelka as a business correspondent before moving on to current affairs with a focus on Northeast India. I extensively covered the issue of AFSPA and the impact in Manipuri civil society. I travelled to Andhra Pradesh to investigate an illegal cervical vaccine drive among tribal girl. I was awarded the UNPFA-Laadli Award for best Features.

Images Multimedia Pvt Ltd

New Delhi Area, India

2 years 11 months

Freelance Copyeditor  – June 2007 – April 2009 

I continued my association with Images as I started my MA studies in Journalism. I edited the news section of Images Business of Fashion magazine after university classes

Sub Editor cum Correspondent trainee – June 2006 – May 2007 

I began my career in journalism while still in college. I used to work post my classes. I reported on the retail industry with a focus on fashion retailing

Education

Jamia Millia Islamia

BA (Hons), English Literature · (2004 – 2007)

Jamia Millia Islamia

Master’s degree, Convergent Journalism · (2007 – 2009)

Sciences Po

MA (Exchange), Journalism · (2009 – 2009)

Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2008

Diploma in Foreign Correspondence, European Affairs · (2008 – 2008)

De Nobili School

ICSE and ISC, High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates · (1989 – 2003)

Honors-Awards

The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting 2010

UNFPA-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity (Best Feature) 2009

Publication

More than Maoism: Politics, policies and insurgencies in South Asia

Languages

English (Full Professional)

Hindi (Limited Working)

Bangla (Native or Bilingual)

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