Astha Rajvanshi is examining the lives of women and marginalized communities in India and greater South Asia as a Levinson Fellow. She is exploring how groups navigate the notions of safety and freedom amid a rapidly changing political and economic landscape. Previously, she worked for the New York Times Magazine and was a recipient of the Open City Fellowship by the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she is a graduate of Columbia University’s Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, where she was a Brown Institute Scholar for Media Innovation and a Global Migration Reporting Fellow.
Dispatches from Astha Rajvanshi
India’s farmers raise alarm over endemic povertyProtesters are standing their ground against new laws they say will squeeze the poorest.
India’s professional women face extra hurdlesEven before the Covid-19 pandemic battered the economy, women had to fight for their careers to be taken seriously.
Women are struggling in India’s Covid-hit informal economyLacking support from their families and the government, many workers are barely scraping by.