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Culture Cafe | Understanding India’s Northeast: A Reporter’s Journal

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School of Media and Cultural Studies,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences


invite you to a discussion of senior journalist Rupa Chinai’s book


Understanding India’s Northeast: A Reporter’s Journal


Thursday, 23 August | 5.30 PM

Classroom #4, Main Campus, Tata Institute of Social Sciences 

About the Speakers

Rupa Chinai is an independent journalist based in Mumbai. She has a passionate interest in two neglected areas of Indian journalism: public health and Northeast India.  She has written extensively on both subjects for over three decades. Starting her career at Himmat Magazine, she has worked on the staff of leading national English language newspapers like The Times of India, Indian Express, The Sunday Observer, reporting ground reality from several Indian states. She was the first Indian journalist to be awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Centre for Health Communications at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA in 1993-1994. On her return to India thereafter, Rupa was appointed the country’s first special correspondent covering public health issues by The Times of India in 1995 where she worked for nine years. Rupa is co-author of a book “Putting Women First” on rural Indian women’s health issues, published by Stree, Kolkata. Her recent book “Understanding India’s North East: A Reporter’s Journal”, based on 30 years of travels and journalistic investigations in this region, has just been released.

Wekoweu Tsuhah (Akole)
is a women rights activist and community development practitioner from Chizami village in Phek district of Nagaland. She has worked with North East Network (NEN) in the last 13 years and currently leads the NEN Nagaland Team as Programme Director. She has been actively engaged in organising women workers in the informal sector for their visibility and recognition of rights, building capacities of women and their collectives, advocating for biodiversity conservation, ecological food and farming systems.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.