[act-ma] Wed, Jan 16: The Human Cost of India's Race for Development w/Priyanka Borpujari, at MIT

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    MIT Center for International Studies:

  The Human Cost of India's Race for Development - January 16th

4:30 - 6pm
Rotch Library Gallery, Stella Room, 7-338 MIT
77 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA
See MIT map 

Independent journalist *Priyanka Borpujari* provides photographic 
evidence of the indigenous communities in India as they are silenced in 
the country's race toward a skewed idea of development .

Sponsored by:   MIT India Program, MIT Libraries Exhibits, Council for 
the Arts at MIT
Open to the public

*About Priyanka:*

Journalist from India Joins CIS 

CAMBRIDGE, MA September 4, 2012---The Center for International Studies 
at MIT announces today that Priyanka Borpujari, an independent 
journalist based in Mumbai, India, has been selected as the 2012-13 
Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Borpujari is the eighth recipient of the 
annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, 
broadcast or online media the opportunity to build skills while focusing 
exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues. The 
award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation 
(IWMF) and is sponsored in part by the Center for International Studies 
at MIT.

Beginning in September, Borpujari will spend the seven-month fellowship 
as a research associate at CIS. She will also complete internships at 
The Boston Globe and The New York Times. During this time, Borpujari 
hopes to explore topics such as malnutrition, hunger, displacement and 
violence, especially in light of India's surging gross domestic product. 
She would like to "return home to report ... in a better, stronger way, 
which would hopefully have an impact on policies, or at least in the way 
we perceive development."

"I am excited about my time as an IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow," 
Borpujari said, "as it will sharpen my journalistic skills which would 
go a long way in my attempt to uncover the many ignored realities of India."

Borpujari, 27, has worked as a reporter for six years for publications 
including Mumbai Mirror, The Asian Age and exchange4media.com. Since 
launching her freelance career three years ago, she has focused on the 
plight of indigenous groups that are being systematically displaced from 
their land.

Priyanka BorpujariBorpujari reported on the ways in which indigenous 
populations in the state of Chhattisgarh were being caught in a war 
between a government keen on displacing them to make way for mines and 
factories, and armed Maoists. Her reports brought focus to what she 
describes as "deprived, malnourished, burning India," even as false 
police charges were levied against her in an attempt to keep her away 
from reporting in the region. She says she has "attempted to uncover the 
gory hidden civilian war for resources in India, which is often ignored 
by the mainstream media, in its rush to portray a shining, emerging 

"We are honored to have Priyanka with us. Her work as a human rights 
journalist is informative and admirable. We hope her time in an academic 
setting adds to the achievement of her noble goals," said Richard 
Samuels, director of the Center for International Studies and Ford 
International Professor of Political Science at MIT.

The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter 
and the winner of a 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award who was killed 
while on assignment in Iraq in 2003. Neuffer's life mission was to 
promote international understanding of human rights and social justice. 
For further informatio

*See also *
Priyanka Borpujari, 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow 

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