Writer. Photographer. Lawyer. Pursuing PhD. TED Fellow, TEDx Speaker.
Contact Me For:
- Legal counseling for women laws, personal, family, marriage, property law, Constitutional Law, Fundamental Right, Public Interest Litigation.
- Workshop Resource Person / Consultant on on Social Media Communication.
- Workshop Resource Person / Consultant for Gender Equality, Women Empowerment.
- Public Speaking On Body Image, Self Love, Confidence Building.
Write to me at: sanjukta[dot]basu23 [at]gmail [dot]com or use the contact form below.
Sanjukta Basu, 42, is a writer, photographer, lawyer, feminist scholar. She has worked as Communications Consultant for non profits working on women rights, and held a legal practice. She is currently a Columnist on various print and online media. She writes on women, politics, minority rights, and social issues. She is pursuing a PhD on Women and Gender Studies. The auto-ethnographic doctoral research deals with gender based trolling of Indian women, radical right politics and women’s political participation.
Corruption, CBI And I (2020) is co-authored by Shantonu Sen Ex-CBI Joint Director and Sanjukta Basu published by Paranjoy Guhathakurta.
The book contains memoirs from Mr. Sen’s 33 years of service as a CBI Officer and Jt Director, contextualized with the modern day politics by me written in light entertaining language making it more a drama than a technical book on CBI and Corruption.
PhD Topic: Gender Trolling
Over the years I have become some sort of an expert on the subject of women and digital media. I am pursuing a PhD on Women’s political voice in the public sphere, digital media, and gender based cyber violence / Trolling. I am involved with various NGOs working on the issues. Here are some of my latest activities in this area:
Consultant – UNESCO and Center For Media Studies
I am currently consulting with UNESCO and CMS on a project on Online Safety for Women Journalists. As part of the project a series of workshops is scheduled to be held. I am also writing a ToT Manual on Online Safety and Gender Trolling.
Chair – Panel on Internet and the citizen’s space, Access and politics at the Digital Citizen Summit 2018 held on 1st and 2nd November at India International Center.
Speaker at the Netizens For Democracy Summit, Mumbai, 2019.
Workshops With Jagori, Azad Foundation on Social Media Ethics, Safety and Privacy issues.
Read more about it here:
Two of my photography projects are worth mentioning. Gender and Public Space and Women With Tattoo project.
Gender And Public Space
This work stems from my interest in using travel and photography to document how men and women use public space, and how the gender based space segregation or public private divide is at the root of women’s stunted access to health, education, economy and so on. Two main products have come out of this work over the years, Project SWBT and Where Are The Women – 5 Cities Tour.
Please follow the dedicated Instagram account for this work.
Women With Tattoos
This is a photo series I started in 2017 after I got my own first tattoo. The series aim to deconstruct the stereotypes around women with tattoos. It got some media popularity and was covered by The Hindu, Scroll among others. It is an ongoing series, you can view some of the photos here:
Sanjukta’s literary and photography works have been published by media houses across the globe. One of India’s early digital activist, Sanjukta’s personal blog is a political tool of self-representation and feminist identity. Her unabashed personal life narrative on the blog blurs the lines between public and private. The blog has remained active since 2006 and received over 700,000 unique page views at last count. She is a leading political voice on Twitter with over 30,000 followers and millions of views on Twitter and other social media platforms. In 2009 she was awarded the TED Fellowship for blogging and digital activism. Her work and life have been covered by national and international media, both print and digital. A public speaker and trainer she has delivered talks and guest lectures at TEDx conferences, Colleges, NGOs and conducted workshops on digital media and gender. Her by-lines can be found on Firstpost, Huffington Post, Daily O, Outlook, The Wire, IndiaTimes, National Herald among others.
Sanjukta studied BA LLB from Delhi University, and currently pursing PhD on Women and Gender Studies, after completing MA on the same subject. She was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, and grew up in New Delhi where she now lives with her father. She never married, and has no children.
Journalist work / Opinion Columns
Many Pursuits, Many Journeys
I started the Bangalore’s bloggers community and carried out many activities, like Bangalore Bar Camp, Blogathon. The Blogathon initiative was got large media coverage including NDTV.
I started my own Social and Digital Media consultancy Samyukta Media for NGOs. It had a great start but back in 2011, I was ahead of time, nonprofits were still not ready to pay for the service. So the start up didn’t sustain. To know more about it’s mission and objectives, please read the public announcement launching Samyukta Media.
Karwan e Mohabbat
Sanjukta Basu was one of the core members of the Karwan E Mohabbat collective led by Harsh Mander. In 2017-2018 she travelled across India to document stories of hate crimes and express solidarity. Her Karwan experiences are published in two recently published anthologies ‘Reconciliation’ and ‘Battling The Idea of India’, and a forthcoming academic anthology on marginalization. More details here.
- Radical Right Propaganda Website Op India Creates A False Story Blaming Shekhar Gupta of Falsehood. Post-Truth in India.
- Do Not Vote For BJP Ever Again In Any Election: That’s The Call To Action. Do not Just Outrage, Give People A Call To Action
- [Column] Why Shame Weighs Me Down This Independence Day
- A Song by Vinay and Charul Dedicated To The Nation We Gifted To Ourselves on 15 August 1947, #IndependenceDay2020
- [Interview] I Was The Junior Most Doctor. “Dekhta Hu Tujhe” Three Words Of UP CM Changed My Whole World: Dr Kafeel Khan