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2019-20 Chevening Scholar, awarded to study an Msc. in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford.

2019 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting, Honourable Mention for a special investigation into the Adani group’s close ties to the ruling party in Delhi, allowing it to amend energy, land and environmental laws.

Red Ink Award Winner, 2018 for the story "The Anatomy Of A Fake Surrender: A Movement Against Bauxite Mining In Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills And The State’s Efforts To Circumvent It" published in The Caravan Magazine.

Shriram Financial Journalism Award Winner, 2018 for Economic Policy for the story "How the Ganga and GST are hijacking India’s clean energy fund" published in

Climate Tracker COP23 Journalism Fellow, 2017.

about me.

Hello. I'm Aruna, an independent photojournalist, writer and filmmaker based between Bangalore, Delhi, Visakhapatnam and Central India. 

My interests and work dwell on themes of corporate accountability, indigenous rights and resistance, environmental law, energy, conflict, climate, gender and public health. 

I like to tell difficult stories differently and as a means to grapple with personal questions around India's development choices, its energy needs and the future of frontline communities at risk in a fast-warming world. These are questions that have lead me on a journey from Central India's coalfields to the Conference of Parties on climate change.

Since 2011, I've tried to shine light on underreported land and environmental conflicts in India, especially in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

In this time, I've documented indigenous people's movements as a field associate with the mines, minerals & PEOPLE alliance, as a senior researcher with Amnesty International India and as an independent journalist. 

As a media professional, I've worked across broadcast, print, mobile and web. Past roles include coordinating production for one of India’s leading news networks, being city editor for a Mumbai-based music magazine and leading India content acquisition and partnerships for a Bay-area mobile start-up.