Dunu Roy, past 75, a chemical engineer by training, a social scientist by compulsion, and a political ecologist by choice, has worked for over five decades in rural and urban scenarios in land and water management, secure settlements, safe work, environmental planning, leadership training, and pollution control, poised on the delicate borderline between environment and development.
Dr. Mathew Varghese is a graduate and a post-graduate in orthopedic surgery from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi. He is an expert on injury control, epidemiology of injuries, pre-hospital care and emergency care of trauma patients. He is specialized in trauma care with particular emphasis on reconstructive surgery for trauma and deformities in adult and pediatric patients. He is the co-author of the book ‘When someone is hurt’ a first aid guide that has been translated into five languages and ‘Prehospital Trauma Care Systems’ published by the WHO. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme, a WHO collaborating center at the Indian Institute of Technology. Delhi. He received the Award of Honor for Reconstructive Surgery in Polio Patients in 1996, the National Award for Excellence in Medicine by the T. P. Jhunjunwala Foundation for the year 2004-2005, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award — 2007, Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi. He has an experience of 39 years in the Orthopedic field. Presently, he is an Orthopedic surgeon and practices at St. Stephens Hospital in Tis Hazari, Delhi.
Girish Agrawal is a civil engineer and lawyer by training. He spent a quarter century as a cog in the transport infrastructure construction machine in California, and now spends his days arguing against India’s headlong rush into concrete and asphalt covered oblivion. As an academic, his interests range from the interactions between the morphology of the built environment, air quality and the urban heat island effect, to the safety of pedestrians and non-motorized traffic in cities across India.
Dr Imrana Qadeer did her post graduation in Pediatrics from Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna in 1964, has worked at AIIMS and then at JNU at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences from where she retired as a professor in 2006. She worked as a J.P.Naik visiting Professor at the CWDS and later at the Council for Social Development. She was there till 2020 as a Distinguished Professor. Her area of teaching and research is Public Health. She has several research publications in national and international journals and books to her credit the latest being, Universalising healthcare in India From care to Coverage which she edited with Professor KB Saxena and Dr Arathi P.M. She has been member of various academic bodies within and outside the university such as academic Councils of TISS, Jamia Hamdard, member of the subject expert Committees of the ICSSR, the Scientific Advisory Committee of ICMR and, the research committee of the dept. of Health Research etc. She has also served on the Health Committees of the Planning Commission, Monitoring Committee of the National Rural Health Mission and Population Commission as member. She has been engaged in several field-based NGOs working in Health such as Jan Swasth Abhyan, Jan Swasth Sahyog, Centre for Health and Social Justice, Action India etc.
Peggy Mohan was born in Trinidad, West Indies, on 8 October 1952. She studied linguistics at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, taking a special interest in Creole languages. She completed her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1978, with a dissertation on Trinidad Bhojpuri, the language taken there by Indian migrant labor in the nineteenth century, following this up with a study of Trinidad Bhojpuri as a classic language death situation. She has lived in Delhi since 1979, taught linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, produced a television series in Hindi for pre-school children, and has taught music at Vasant Valley School, New Delhi. She has written many journal articles on Indian languages, English in India and the problems it raises in education, and the factors responsible for language change. She has authored four books, the most recent being Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through its Languages. She is now a Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, Delhi, teaching linguistics.
Dr. Navsharan Singh is an author and activist. She has a strong background in women’s rights, human rights and social and cultural movements. Through her published work she has made contributions to the understanding of state impunity for mass violence as well as to the understanding of sexual violence against women. Her current work revolves around the agrarian crisis in Punjab and landless Dalits and women in the crisis. Singh holds degrees in economics, political economy, and a Ph.D. in political science. Her published works include Landscapes of Fear: Understanding Impunity in India (Co-Ed) (Zubaan 2015); contributions to Splintered Justice Living the Horror of Mass Communal Violence in Bhagalpur and Gujarat (Three Essays collective 2016); Writing Dalit women in the political economy of agrarian crisis and resistance in Punjab (2017); Continents Wide and Layers Deep – The Ready-made Garment Industry in the Times of Restructuring; Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia Zubaan Publications, 2017 and This Land Is Mine, I Am Not Of This Land: CAA-NRC And The Manufacture Of Statelessness, (Co-ed), Speaking Tiger, 2021. She writes in English and Punjabi.
Suhasini Mulay is an actor and a documentary film-maker. She has been working in the field of media for the past 40 years.