Ankita Mukhopadhyay

Ankita Mukhopadhyay is a journalist based in New Delhi, India. She has worked at various Indian publications for the past three years as an editor. She is currently a consultant at research and advisory firm. An avid reader and history buff, Mukhopadhyay pursued her postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is particularly interested in feminism and gender issues and Indian politics. She is a reporter at Fair Observer.

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Jul 24, 2019

Esther Wojcicki is widely known as the mastermind behind Palo Alto High School’s successful media arts program, which has produced alumni like the actor James Franco. A fact hidden from the public eye is that Wojcicki is also a successful mother of three incredible women: Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23&Me,...

Helping India’s Rural Youth Unlock Their Potential

May 31, 2019

In 2012, Ashweetha Shetty left a remote village in Tamil Nadu to join the Young India Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate diploma program at Ashoka University in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Shetty was the first among her family members to finish college, breaking many social barriers to reach Delhi....

Whether You Like It or Not, Narendra Modi Is Here to Stay

May 23, 2019

As congratulatory messages for Modi pour in from all parts of the world, it is important to remember that the journey doesn’t end at victory. Narendra Modi, the god-like leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), appears to have won another landslide victory. Predicted to secure at least 300 of...

Staging a Revolution: The Gulabi Gang Makes Its India Theater Debut

Apr 12, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to award-winning theater director Suba Das about his play, “Pink Sari Revolution.” In 2006, Sampat Pal Devi, a woman from the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, started a vigilante group, the Gulabi Gang, to fight against domestic violence and other...

When Will India Address Its Student Suicide Crisis?

Feb 25, 2019

Every hour, a student commits suicide in India. On February 1, a student of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) killed himself by jumping off his hostel building in Hyderabad. In early January, a 27-year-old medical student killed herself because she was unable to handle exam stress. December 2018...

The Modern Indian Woman: A Conversation with Trisha Das

Oct 20, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Indian novelist and filmmaker Trisha Das. A young archaeologist, educated at the prestigious Columbia University, takes ownership of an excavation site in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tara Singh is a Delhi girl, yet speaks with a foreign accent,...

India Owes an Apology to its LGBTQ Community for Historic Marginalization

Sep 11, 2018

India’s responsibility to the LGBTQ community doesn’t just end at decriminalizing homosexuality. On the night of February 8, 2010, Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras was caught red-handed with his alleged lover, a rickshaw puller. A professor at one of India’s premier schools, the Aligarh Muslim University, Siras became a sensation overnight, for...

Indian Cinema’s Own Brand of Sexism

Apr 20, 2018

When it comes to its treatment of women, India’s entertainment industry needs a reality check. “We can’t cast her, she’s too fat.” “What am I going to do with an actress who can act but doesn’t look good?” I lapped up these statements as harmless feedback for a year and...

Using Science and Innovation to Protect the Environment in India

Mar 07, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Indian Forest Service officer, Kunal Satyarthi. Himachal Pradesh, a hill state located in the Western Himalayas, has in recent years become more important in India’s mission to move toward a cleaner future and tackle climate change. Himachal Pradesh has a...

How Safe Are Workers at India's Industrial Plants?

Nov 13, 2017

An accident at the Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh raises questions about safety and competence of India’s National Thermal Power Corporation. In December 1984, some 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a production plant owned by Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), a US-based pesticide maker, exposing over half...

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