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Seema Chishti

Board Member, India

Seema Chishti has been a multimedia journalist since 1990, working in print, radio, and television in English and Hindi. She was Editor, Delhi with BBC (India) from 1996 to 2006. Prior to this, she worked with BBC World Service in London (1994-96) and in the television format at HTV (1990-93). Chishti has been a senior editor with The Indian Express (2006-2020) where she has published news reports, analysis on the marginalisation of minority communities, cultural change, youth, and on India’s major political developments. She broke news stories on the anti-corruption movement, on Indian judicial system, electoral politics, and on technology and politics, including state surveillance of citizens. Her endeavour to tease out, untie and then help interpret the many strands of change in a large and diverse country like India continues. She recently co-authored the book ‘Note by Note: The India Story (1947-2017)’, a history of independent India told alongside the sound of Hindi film music for each of the years. An independent journalist, she is the Media Advisor to the National Foundation of India and will be teaching at the Asian College of Journalism, one of Asia’s premium journalism institutes, this winter. She is also working on a book on an inter-religious marriage in her family and the importance of breaking barriers and steering away from conservative values in our lives.