I am an independent journalist based in Siliguri in Darjeeling district. I write on politics, culture, media and social justice, among other things. I’m an India Correspondent for Reporters Sans Frontiers (Reporters Without Borders).

I chase stories in India and in neighbouring Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. My bylines have appeared in Scroll.in, Mint Lounge, Forbes India, The Hindu, Himal Southasian, The Fountain Ink, Yahoo!Originals, Nikkei Asian Review, The New York Times (India Ink blog), The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, World Politics Review, and The Diplomat, among others.

I have previously worked with The Telegraph and The Economic Times.

I was a Reuters Fellow at University of Oxford, 2012-2013, International Journalists’ Programme fellow to Germany in 2010 and Rotary Group Study Exchange fellow to Brazil in 2007.

I tweet @NuraRadha.

Mother. Wife. Sister.

Recent Stories

“You cannot report on anything that is not confirmed by the government,” Indian journalists report

A friend in the police department apologetically texted me with some “friendly” advice. “Don’t be extra active on social media over corona issues which may lead to panic and rumours. There may be legal issues over it,” he said. He wouldn’t elaborate further, but it didn’t take much to understand. A freelance journalist was arrested in Andaman…

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Indian farmers fear for survival despite lockdown’s relaxation

TAMANNA NASEER, VISHAL ARORA and ANURADHA SHARMA, Contributing writers APRIL 20, 2020 20:19 JST India’s government has partially relaxed its nationwide lockdown, especially in rural areas, but farmers find themselves with no workers and severed from supply chains. (Photo by Harshita Rathore) BANGALORE/SOTAI/DARJEELING — India’s government on Monday partially relaxed its lockdown in rural areas, allowing farmers…

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The Telegraph editor, R Rajagopal: Cannot afford to stay neutral

“Earlier it (neutrality) was a cherished value. But not anymore. We cannot afford to stay neutral in the current atmosphere. I personally believe neutrality is not something we should be aspiring for right now.”–Rajagopal “When was the last time you saw such a headline?” R Rajagopal, editor of The Telegraph, asked a hall full of college…

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Did Zaira Wasim succumb to religious Fundamentalists and Trolls?

Many years ago, I vaguely remember watching on Doordarshan a TV programme in which the sleuth, alerted by some noises inside a house, rings the doorbell pretending to be a postman. When the lady of the house appears, he slips a hand-written note to her in which he asks her if everything is fine. She…

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Silent shades of the tea leaf

The posters show the women smiling, with the picker’s basket behind them. In truth, they are maximally exploited minimally paid by the tea industry. A group of men huddles by the side of the tea bushes in the shade at Dheklapara Tea Estate in the Dooars. Close by in the sun, about 30 or so…

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A replica of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in England could be a lesson in conservation for India

It was a pleasant summer day – bright sun, blue sky, puffy cumulus clouds and an occasional gentle breeze. There was a flurry of activity at the station as the coal-fired locomotive of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway huffed and puffed. Its murky smoke mingled freely with the chai, samosas and sel rotis, amid occasional cries…

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If India’s Demonetization Was All About Going Digital, Then Why the Rush?

Nandan Nilekani, the former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, has hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetize high-value currency notes—removing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, which together comprised 86 percent of the cash in circulation—saying it will boost India’s digital economy. “The shock given to the currency” will accelerate the…

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Ladybird Writes

Sexual harassment at the workplace can assume a myriad chilling and predatory forms. Siliguri-based Independent journalist Anuradha Sharma describes the decade-long stalking and telephonic abuse that she was subjected to by her senior. I have been very closely following the #metoo conversations going on in social media. One hell of a triggering experience it has…

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Kolkata Chromosome | Ode to joy

About the same time that Germany invaded Belgium, French violinist and conductor Phillipe Sandré was working up a different tune in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Armed with his violin, he raised a squad of pupils and in the autumn of 1915, when World War I was into its second year, set up The Calcutta School of…

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