Over the past 25 years, I have worked in premier media organizations in a variety of roles covering all branches of journalism. I have been
special correspondent with The Times of India, columnist at The Sunday Observer,
commentator for Rediff-on-the-Net, special correspondent with Outlook magazine, feature writer for The Illustrated Weekly of India, correspondent with The Telegraph and The Pioneer, sub-editor at The Indian
Express and agency reporter with Associated Press (AP).
As a current affairs commentator, I have analysed events that have changed the course of world history, from the dismantling of Apartheid and the investiture of Nelson Mandela as the first black president of free South Africa, to the collapse of the Soviet Union. I have examined the implications of the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan.
My high-point as a reporter was a two-month stint in the jungle hideouts of the outlawed People's War Group, which made me the first journalist to infiltrate the turbulent ethos of one of the most dreaded
communist extremist organizations in the country. The article won awards for excellence in journalism. My thirst for adventure has led me into other high-risk areas such as the illicit cannabis plantations that flourish in the thick forests bordering the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In a similar setting, I pursued the trail of notorious forest brigand and cop killer Veerappan, who has outwitted the combined central and state police and paramilitary apparatus and remains at large.
"Children of a Lesser God", a story published in the The Illustrated Weekly of India and prompted by a visit to
a leprosy colony in central Kerala, won the Press Club award for the best human interest feature. It looks at the dilemma of the children of leprosy patients who are free of the disease but are at risk because of the environment they are trapped in.
On the human rights front, my serialized campaign in The Illustrated Weekly of India against the mass rape of women by rampaging policemen in the remote hill village of Thankamani in Kerala in 1986 led to the conviction and dismissal from service of five police officials. The commission of
inquiry set up by the government to probe the incident cited my reports in its verdict.
A series of articles on industrial pollution resulted in court directives to offending chemical manufacturing companies to
install effluent treatment plants and adopt anti-pollution measures that hitherto had not existed.