Associate Professor (Journalism Practice) and Associate Dean (Outreach and Institution Building)
B.A (Hons) St. Edmund's College; M.A (N.E.H.U)
Kishalay Bhattacharjee is a senior journalist and author who has been with broadcast television for twenty-four years, seventeen of which he spent at New Delhi Television (NDTV) where he was a resident editor covering conflict in India’s northeast as well as in the Maoist corridor. He is a regular columnist and speaker on media, politics, conflict and post-conflict situations in India. Bhattacharjee received India’s highest journalism award, Ramnath Goenka Award (2006-2007) for his coverage of internally displaced people, was a Panos Fellow for HIV/AIDS (2007) and an Edward Murrow Fellow in Journalism (2006) to the University of Southern California. His coverage of the abduction and rescue of two Italian tourists was nominated for the best current affairs programme by Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) Awards, London in 2013. He has been invited to speak in several universities like Hiedelberg University, Germany, MacGill University, Montreal, National University, Singapore, Ashoka University, Sonepat, JNU, New Delhi, Delhi University, Hyderabad University, North Eastern Hill University, Sikkim University etc. He has made several documentaries, one of which, Santi, Lucy and Thoibi, was screened at international festivals in Goa and Barcelona. Kishalay Bhattacharjee was selected chair of internal security and a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in 2011. Bhattacharjee was also lecturer of English at St.Edmund's College, Shillong and has had a stint with the advertising industry.
Bhattacharjee’s first book Che in Paona Bazaar: Tales of Exile and Belonging in India’s Northeast (Pan Macmillan 2013) is one of the most widely reviewed books in the genre and his recent book Blood On My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters (Harper Collins 2015) is a searing account of gross human right violations in India. His forthcoming book, The Unfinished Revolution (Pan Macmillan) is under publication. Bhattacharjee is also the recipient of the first Penguin Randomhouse Writers Residency Award, 2016. Bhattacharjee is the esecutive director of Reachout Foundation and founder editor of Ourstories which raises capacities of grass root journalists for multiple narratives of shadow regions to challenge stereotypical representations in media. He is currently curating a festival of arts called artEast in March 2017 at the India International Centre.