Articles by Nitin Jugran Bahuguna
Nitin Jugran Bahuguna is a senior freelance journalist with over 30 years of work experience who divides her time between Delhi and Dehradun. She has investigated and written extensively on human development issues pertaining to gender, health, child labour and environment. She worked for nearly 17 years with the United News of India (UNI) and also as a media consultant with several United Nations organizations on human development issues. She has authored her first novel, “Comet in the Village”, which is set in a remote mountain village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. During 1996-97, with a financial grant from UNICEF, she undertook an in- depth study on the complex issue of child labour in India visiting industries having large concentration of child workers such as brassware in Moradabad, carpet-weaving in Mirzapur and Bhadohi (all in UP), the gem polishing industry in Jaipur, beedimaking and rope-making in Vellore, sari weaving in Kancheepuram, matchbox making industry in Sivakasi and in the stone quarries and steel industry in Chennai and its outskirts (all in Tamil Nadu). One of her stories on bonded child labour in sari-weaving industry in Kancheepuram captioned: “Kids mortgaged for loans” featured as a front page story in various major dailies and was followed up by two of India’s leading television channels and sparked off a national debate on the subject. Over the years she has highlighted several crucial issues with her investigative journalism. In 2001, her story entitled “Widowed by AIDS, they fight for survival”, based on a visit to Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu, was published in “Grassroots”, a monthly journal brought out by the Press Institute of India and was awarded the best feature of that issue. During 2002-3, working as a consultant for UNIFEM (Now known as U N Women), she visited several areas where women and girls had been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. Her feature, “A village with no adolescent girls”, based on a visit to a village near Mysore in Karnataka, also won best feature in Grassroots magazine. Currently, Ms Bahuguna is a Media Consultant with WWF – India at their Sustainable Agriculture Programme (SAP) Division.
- The story of Jakkur lake sets an example for inclusive rejuvenation projects
- Welcome to Tsomgo lake: Please don’t litter
- Managing waste to save the wetlands of Himachal Pradesh
- The monks who protect the Bhagajang wetland
Environment And Health
- India’s dietary guidelines have a relatively lower carbon footprint: study
- [Commentary] Will the COVID-19 second wave buck the trend for the Indian middle class?
- How did a once water-rich village in Goa become entirely dependent on tankers?
- Avian flu in India brings forth environmental, animal and human health linkages
Almost Famous Species
- 148 zebra loaches exported per day from Western Ghats to feed global pet trade
- What’s dangerous about these cute turtles which are popular pets in India?
- Common, yet threatened: The case of northeast India’s Malayan giant squirrels
- Newly described scorpion species from Western Ghats highlight need for more research and conservation
India's Iconic Landscapes
- The toxic love for Ladakh is weighing heavy on its natural resources
- [Video] Mapping Tamil Nadu’s grasslands to protect them and know their role in carbon storage
- The development plan that could end up sinking Lakshadweep islands
- Andaman forests need longer intervals between repeat logging for recovery: study
Beyond Protected Areas
- Millions of seahorses caught as bycatch in Indian shores
- Neglect shrouds Behali Reserve Forest’s biodiversity along Assam-Arunachal border
- Longest dispersal of a female tiger recorded in Central India
- Baghjan oil blowout: Report indicates a long road to recovery and ecological restoration
- Building up carbon sinks in northeast India’s shifting cultivation landscape
- Coloured cotton from India on the cusp of commercial release in 2021
- Revival and absence of Bengaluru’s traditional crop varieties
- India’s millets policy: is it headed in the right direction?
- Bigwigs of India’s fossil-fuel industry could drive the country’s green energy sector
- Subsidies for India’s renewable sector are falling, needs renewed support, says study
- Land conflicts on the horizon as India pursues a clean energy future
- The balance between jobs in the renewable energy and fossil fuel sectors could play on India’s energy transition