Journalist, Editor & Political Commentator New Delhi
Shoma Chaudhury is an award-winning Indian journalist, editor, political commentator, and founder and director of Lucid Lines, an intellectual properties company. In 2011, Newsweek in the US picked her as one of 150 power women “who shake the world”. In 2018, she was invited to deliver the Gandhi Oration in Sydney, the first Indian to do so. Among a slew of other journalistic accolades, she has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Mumbai Press Club award for political journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for -- in the words of the citation -- “going where angels fear to tread”. She co-founded and was director of Algebra - the Arts and Ideas Club, (www.algebratheclub.com), a unique forum for critical conversation, constructed to spark new ideas and challenge perspectives. Over the past two years, she has hosted over 100 live stage events and more than 200 topnotch speakers at Algebra, from every discipline that impacts human affairs. Earlier, Shoma has been the managing editor and one of the founders of Tehelka, a highly acclaimed investigative and public interest newsmagazine, where she wrote and reported extensively on issues of justice, social equity, human rights, environment, the media, law, and the fight over resources. Several of her stories, in defence of human rights workers falsely accused by the State, were instrumental in getting people out of jail. She also founded and was the editor-in-chief of CatchNews, a digital newsplatform. Apart from her career in print journalism, Shoma is a virtuoso speaker, both on television and stage, and has been invited to address many forums both in India and abroad, including America, Britain, Edinburgh, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia. She has also interviewed the most cutting edge minds globally on politics, policy, economy, business, science, civil society, cinema, literature, sports and media.