Positions Held

  • Director, National Institute of Communication System, Analysis and Research, New Delhi(1985-87)
  • Editor, Edit India, a fortnightly journal, published by NICSAR,New Delhi(1985-87)
  • Assistant Professor/cum Lecturer, Post Graduate Department of Sociology, Ranchi University, Ranchi(1988-89)
  • Executive Editor, Prabhat Khabar, English Daily, Ranchi(1989-90)
  • Director,Society for Social Reconstruction, Ranchi(1991)
  • Columnist/Special Correspondent, The Indian Express, New Delhi(1992-2012)


  • M.Phil, Sociology(1980-82), First class grade
  • MA, JNU, New Delhi(1978-80), First class grade
  • BA, History(Hons.), First Class First, Ranchi University(1977)


  1. Survey conducted by NICSAR on Health Status of Tribals in Gumla in 1985
  2. Socio-Economic Survey of the East Bokaro Coalfields in 1988
  3. Supervised research on Impact of Coal Mines on Tribals in coalfields of Dhanbad, 1994
  4. Carried out field work to make an assessment on eight year research conducted by Birsa AgricultureUniversity’s Associate Professor UN Verma on ‘Relay Wheat Technique’, 1995


Authored more than 5000 articles on issues connected with Jharkhand, its tribal population, its political economy, culture and development. These include:

  1. The Effects of Tourism as a vehicle of Modernisation in Dalhousie: A case study, Philosophy and Social Action, Sept-Dec 1979.
  2. Punjab Problem, Edit Inda, March 20, 1987
  3. Hundreds live on weeds in Palamau, IE, Nov 1, 1992

Honours & Awards

  1. Awarded UGC(MCM) Scholarship during 1978-1980
  2. Awarded UGC Senior Research Fellowship Jan-July 1984
  3. Best Communicator Award-Irst NICSAR Workshop, New Delhi, 1986
  4. Excellent Performance - "Meet Expectations" - recognised by the Indian Express, 2010-12