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Raksha Kumar is a multimedia journalist focusing on human rights, politics and social injustices. Since 2011, she has reported for The New York Times, BBC, Guardian, TIME, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy, Scroll.in and The Hindu.
In March 2018, she was awarded the National Foundation for India Media Award for her reportage on land rights in India. In 2017, she was shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Awards in International Journalism. For her work on land conflicts in India, she was awarded the Chameli Devi Award for Outstanding Media Personality in 2016.
As a reporter, her focus areas are land and forest rights of the most vulnerable communities. However, since these issues cannot be looked at in isolation, Raksha found herself increasingly reporting on armed conflict around resource extraction in places like Chhattisgarh and Kashmir.
In 2015, she wrote, shot and directed a documentary film on Rationalists in Contemporary India. It was aired by India's public broadcaster, Doordarshan. The film has been screened in 29 locations across the country until now.
The same year, Raksha was selected as a Chevening Fellow by the University of Westminster to research on Hindu Right in the UK. This helped Raksha build on her post graduate dissertation which was on Hindu Fundamentalists in India.
With a Fulbright Scholarship for Leadership Development, she went to the Columbia University in New York City to pursue a Masters in Science. As a student, she was offered the Scripps Howard Fellowship to report from Israel and the West Bank. Since 2011, Raksha has reported from 11 countries across the world.
Raksha worked as an editor at NDTV, leading English news channel in India. She was the editorial head of a two-hour prime time news show, where she lead a team of about 20 junior journalists.
A graduate of Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, Raksha was a dedicated student and a passionate public speaker.
My engagement with "gift economy", "minimalism" and anti-consumerist lifestyle began in 2010. I came into contact with Freegans in New York City and tracked their lives for over a year. By the end of it, I wrote a long form essay about the group and the idea of living without money. And combined the essay with a 7-minute video explaining the same issue. Almost eight years later, I feel the importance of understanding a live without (or with very little) money has only increased. This podcast episodically discusses "what it means to live a meaningful life with less stuff". The hosts of the podcasts produced a documentary titled The Minimalists.Since they have spent many months going over the political, economic, social and philosophical aspects of a moneyless life, the hosts have a deeper understanding of the issue.
This particular episode is about When minimizing possessions, how do you know when to stop? When donating time, how do you minimize duties and schedules?
If you think you need your priorities to live a meaningful life straight, do listen in.