Kunal Purohit

Independent Journalist

Location icon India`

29. Journalist. Based out of Mumbai, India's financial powerhouse. Subject areas: Urban planning, Rural development, Agriculture, Gender and Conflict.
Recently graduated MSc Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Felix Scholar, 2016
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Fellow, 2016
Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2012.
UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitive Reporting, 2014
Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, 2014

Contact: kunal(dot)purohit06(at)gmail(dot)com

The search for home: Why Tibetans are leaving India

Everyone has a number to offer. Six for Kunsang, four for Lobsang, 13 for Yangzom. Everyone also has stories to go with the number. Yangzom offers one about her friend, Thinley (Name changed). A decade after fleeing Tibet to come to India, he started getting desperate to return.

How I became an 'anti-national' on primetime Indian TV

Why does one choose journalism? To fight injustice, wrongs and to give a voice to those whose voices have been suppressed. Those were my reasons for taking up journalism. But what happens when journalism becomes the stick that the powerful yield to perpetrate injustices, commit wrongs and muffle voices instead?

Hindustan Times Mumbai
Tales from Suicide Country

In India's Western Region of Maharashtra, three farmers kill themselves every day. An agrarian crisis has been brewing for the last one decade now. But the crisis has more victims than the farmer. Here is a look at the gendered impact of the crisis-on the widows of the farmers.

Hindustan Times Mumbai
Demanding a Voice for those left out

The country's richest local city government has a budget more than some of the regions in India but didn't offer any chance for citizens to have a say in how that money must be spent. This was a campaign to change it.

Hindustan Times Mumbai
A Series_Setting a flawed development blueprint right

Mumbai’s urbanisation has been rapid-it is now the sixth largest city in the world. However, the planning of the city has proved to be very ineffective in ensuring better living standards for its 22 million residents. Its development plan was being finalised, a plan which charts out its developmental trajectory and urban planning mechanisms to deal with various struggles it faces. However, the author investigated this blueprint and found deliberate ‘errors’ in the plan, hinting at the...

FSI for high-rises, but slums, hawkers left out

If the draft development plan (DP) is to be believed, the city neither has enough slums nor enough hawkers for them to be recognised and planned for. The DP, the city's blueprint, has left out the city's slums as well as street vendors from its 20-year-long vision for the city.

Hindustan Times Mumbai
Reimagining Mumbai's Port Lands

In a city starved of affordable housing, public amenities, thousands of acres of land occupied by a near-defunct port can offer immense possibilities. The series was about reimagining the use of Mumbai's Port Lands, but in an inclusive, accessible way.

Mumbra girls break 'silence' to fight taboos around menstruation

The three girls are trying to ensure that menstruation is no longer considered a taboo. Shattering misconceptions about menstrual cycles, these girls are pushing the envelope in a suburb where women have traditionally been relegated to a secondary role.

Hindustan Times, Mumbai
At 50, Where does the Shiv Sena go?

The Shiv Sena, a right-wing, parochial political party, is in power at the Centre, the State as well as in the city. A close, hard look at 50 years of its existence.

Dialogue, regulation way forward for Mumbai's 'evil' dance bars

Picture this: It's a weekday evening in a dance bar in Mumbai. Patrons sit in booths arranged around a stage, monitored by male and female bouncers and CCTV cameras. Instead of 'making it rain', they hand over tokens to waiters, to be deposited in the favoured dancer's tip box.

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