Raksha Kumar

Raksha Kumar is a multimedia journalist focusing on human rights, politics and social injustices. In the past six years she has reported for The New York Times, BBC, Guardian, TIME, South China Morning Post, Scroll and The Hindu. In March 2018, she was awarded the National Media Award. In 2017, she was shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Awards in International Journalism. For her work on land conflicts in India, she was awarded the Chameli Devi Award for Outstanding Media Personality in 2016. As a reporter, her focus areas are land and forest rights of the most vulnerable communities. However, since these issues cannot be looking at in isolation, Raksha found herself increasingly reporting on armed conflict around resource extraction in places like Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. In 2015, she wrote, shot and directed a documentary film on Rationalists in Contemporary India. It was aired by India's public broadcaster, Doordarshan. The film has been screened in 19 locations across the country until now. Raksha worked as an editor at NDTV, a leading English news channel in India. she was the editorial head of a two-hour prime time news show, where she lead a team of about 20 junior journalists.