Chennai: Professor Aniket Aga (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies) and Professor Chitrangada Choudhury (Associate Professor of Practice in Environmental Studies and Public Policy) from the University of Krea won the Ramnath Goenka Prize for Excellence in journalism in the “Environment, Science and Technology” category. The awards aim to celebrate excellence, courage and commitment, showcasing outstanding contributions each year and paying tribute to journalists in print, digital and audiovisual media that maintain the highest standards of their profession.
Professors Aga and Choudhury have published two papers on illegal and herbicide-tolerant GM cottonseeds and associated deadly chemical inputs like glyphosate that are sweeping the biodiversity-rich Adivasi farms of the Eastern Odisha Ghats. Their two articles, titled “Sowing the seeds of the climate crisis in Odisha” and “Cotton has now become a puzzle”, as well as a larger series on climate change, were published by the People’s Archives of Rural India (IRAP).
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Prof. Aniket Aga’s interests span scientific and technological studies, democratic politics and agrarian studies, and he works on issues of environmental justice, food democracy and sustainable agriculture. His first book, “Genetically Modified Democracy”, examining the ongoing controversy over genetically modified (GM) food crops in India, was recently published by Yale University Press and will be published in South Asia in early 2022 by Orient Blackswan. He works closely with students from disadvantaged groups, including Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi students, as well as students from rural backgrounds.
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Professor Chitrangada Choudhury is a journalist and multimedia researcher. His reporting on the environment, social justice and rural communities, especially indigenous communities, has been cited for several awards, including the Sanskriti Award (2008), the Press Council of India’s National Award for Investigative Reporting (2015) and the Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism twice (2010 & 2018). She is a founding member of The People’s Archive of Rural India, a member of the Article 14 Editorial Board and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Environment History at the University of Sussex.