Priyanka Borpujari

Freelance Journalist @Pri_Borpujari

Priyanka Borpujari is an independent journalist who has been reporting on issues of human rights violations, forceful land grab, indigenous peoples’ rights, environment, and health and religion from different corners of India. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Times of India, Al Jazeera, Tehelka, Scroll and Global Post, among others. She was named the 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, and exhibited her photojournalism work titled “The Human Cost of India’s Race to Development” across American universities. In 2015, she was one of the India-Germany Media Ambassadors and a guest journalist with the German political weekly Die Zeit. Most recently, she was a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College in Rochester NY, USA, where she taught a course titled "Media and Human Rights". She is the founder of The Kali Writes Project, which is aimed at healing through writing, and has conducted workshops with Muslim teenage girls, South African women, and male inmates at a correctional facility in Rochester. She is based in Mumbai, India, and speaks six languages.

En Español

Priyanka Borpujari es una periodista de prensa escrita freelance basada en Mumbia, India. Actualmente ella reporta sobre temas de abusos de derechos humanos, expropiación forzada de tierras, derechos de pueblos indígenas, el medio ambiente y religión en toda la India. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en The Boston Globe, The Times of India, Al Jazeera, Tehelka, Scroll and Global Post y otros. Ella fue nombrada la Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow del 2012-2013 por la IWMF y su trabajo fotoperiodístico “The Human Cost of India’s Race to Development” (El costo humano de la carrera al desarrollo en India) estuvo en exhibición en varias universidades americanas. En el 2015, ella fue una de los India-Germany Media Ambassadors (Embajadores de medios India-Alemania) y también fue una periodista visitante en Die Zeit. Mas recientemente, fue una Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence en Nazareth College en Rochester, Nueva York, donde impartió un curso de “Medios y derechos humanos”. Ella es la fundadora de The Kali Writes Project, con el objetivo de promover el proceso de curación a través de la escritura, y ha dirigido talleres con adolecentes musulmanas, mujeres sudafricanas y presos en una institución correccional en Rochester. Ella es hábil en seis lenguas.

Highlights

Reporting

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Pedals To The Metal

El Salvador’s historic ban of all metal mining, which passed the national parliament this March, came about through a decade-long struggle of grassroots resistance and activism. When Ana Dubón was 13 years old, she began…

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Can this music be a force for good?

At 4 a.m. on a summer morning in San Salvador, teenage boys and girls lugging a strange assortment of drums gather under the haze of street lights. After exchanging greetings, they pack the instruments in…

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Finding the American Dream in El Salvador

Of his 13 children, six migrated to the U.S. without documents. Victor Rodrigues hasn’t seen them in years, but was able to improve the house with their remittances. “This house is our American dream,” he…

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El Salvador youths find identity in community radio instead of gangs

At radio Balsamo in La Libertad, twenty-year-old Nahum Menjivar (left) sits next to his 25-year-old colleague Albert Riviera. Riviera says “We have to show the world that not every young life in El Salvador ends…

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The Salvadoran Ex-Guerilla Who Learned to Read to Stop Corporate Mining

During El Salvador’s decade-long civil war, Maria Lidia Guardado was cooking for guerrilla forces. Fifteen years later, she was educating herself so that she could lead a nonviolent campaign to protect local farmland from mining…