Participant's Profile

Vishal Gulati

Vishal Gulati is a special correspondent with the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), covering Himachal Pradesh. He worked as a desk journalist with The Tribune for over 10 years, before joining IANS as a correspondent based in Shimla in 2008. With over 17 years of experience in journalism, Vishal covers a range of topics, ranging from state politics to the high court to the state assembly to the social and economic issues. Most of his off-beat and human interest stories and interviews of government leaders, people in the news and on issues in the national spotlight or public eye regularly find prominent place in the national dailies. In July this year, he joined a team of Indian and Nepalese journalists, in Tibet for over a week at the invitation of the Chinese government. He also visited Nepal to cover the recuperating Himalayan nation from the deadly April earthquake that left more than 8,500 people dead. 
Vishal has a post-graduate degree in public administration and a degree in mass communication, from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He can be reached at Vishal Gulati

Nivedita Khandekar

Nivedita Khandekar is an independent journalist based in Delhi, India writing mainly on environmental, developmental and climate change issues. She has worked with the Hindustan Times and the Press Trust of India, India’s premier news daily and national news agency in Delhi, Mumbai and Indore respectively. Her work focusses on field stories about climate change, environmental issues, mainly water and rivers, and in her earlier stint,  about health and Narmada dams.  A gold medalist, university topper – she completed her graduation in science and a PG degree in Mass Communication from Nagpur University, Maharashtra. Nivedita has received awards for environmental and health reporting. She was also the recipient of Rural Reporting Fellowship. She can be reached at or @nivedita_Him on Twitter. Her works are collated at

Shuriah Niazi

Shuriah Niazi is a journalist based in Central India with experience in covering the environment, health, political, religious and social issues. Shuriah reports on a broad spectrum of issues for a variety of media outlets, but specializes on social, environmental and health issues especially women related. During his assignment as a journalist, he has built up an impressive network of contacts all over the world. His coverage of women in Panchayati Raj (local governance) in Madhya Pradesh won a Sarojini Naidu Award (given by the U.S.-based The Hunger Project) in 2006. In 2010, he traveled to USA as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), organized by the United States Department of State. He can be reached at .

Furquan Ameen Siddiqui 

Furquan Ameen Siddiqui is a senior reporter at Hindustan Times, a national daily based in New Delhi. He has been working for the newspaper for over three years now. He has reported on a range of issues including rural issues, tribal conflict, the environment, displacement, human rights, religion and media. He also has a keen interest in photo and data journalism. Before coming to Hindustan Times, he worked with The Caravan, a magazine of politics and culture. He graduated from the AJK Mass Communication Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia in 2011 with an master’s degree in Convergent Journalism. His work can be found at