senior assistant editor, Frontline Magazine, Mumbai, India
Bunsha was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, a postgraduate diploma at the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai, and her master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1995-1999, she was a reporter for the Times of India in Mumbai focusing on health, human rights and environmental issues. After graduate school, in 2001, she returned to journalism as a reporter for Frontline magazine, writing about human rights, politics, wildlife conservation and climate change. Bunsha is the author of “Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat,” published in 2006. She was also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties for her work on communal violence in Gujarat, and a Sanskriti Award for Journalism, both in 2003; a Journalism for Tolerance Prize for South Asia in 2005 from the International Federation of Journalists; and two Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for Books and for Environmental Reporting in 2007.
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