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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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In this rapidly changing and challenging world, we are not interested in manipulative headlines. Instead, we are much more interested in real journalism with depth, insight and indisputable facts, impeccably resourced and people-centred.

The Background aspires to become a voice for the peripheral people. It will articulate the everyday lives of diverse heterogeneous working class, forced migrants, maginalised and indigenous communities. There would be eclectic kinds of news and analysis but we will put emphasis on in-depth, immersive reportage and analysis on issues. Mostly, we want writings pertaining to academic rigour with journalistic flair. We will not only connect the people’s movements across the globe but also give sufficient space to the activists coming from different diverse linguistic, religious and regional backgrounds.

Editorial Collective

Najib Anwar is the Founding Editor of The Background. He is a journalist and writer. He began his career as a broadcasting journalist working with All India Radio. He holds a master’s degree in Media Communications from Webster University School of Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He has worked in various fields of Media sector for more than two decades. As a writer of fiction, he is currently working on his debut novel.

Abdul Matin is the Editor-at-large of The Background. He is a PhD Scholar at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and did his Masters’ from Hyderabad Central University. He is a former DAAD Fellow of Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen, Germany. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Political Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He has travelled extensively throughout the world and has published many papers in different journals.

Rachael M. Rudolph is the Deputy Editor who looks after Global Affairs of The Background Media. She has served as an Editor for alternative digital media outlets over the past ten years and written articles for media outlets in Australia, Canada, China, India, Turkey, Palestine, Singapore, and the United States. Her academic research has focused on both traditional and non-traditional security threats in the Indo-Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions and their impact on both foreign policy and national security.  She is presently working on research related to U.S.-DPRK relations and China’s foreign and security policies in the MENA region. Aside from her media and research activities, she holds the position of Assistant Professor of Social Science for Bryant University-BITZH Programs at the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai located in the Guangdong Province, China.

Bulbul Ahmed is the Literary Editor of The Background. He has edited several books in Bengali language and a literary magazine. He regularly contributes articles in different magazines and journals and holds a masters’ degree in English literature. He teaches in Kolkata.

Diptendu Sarkar is the Diplomatic Editor of The Background. He specializes  in politics, minority, ethnicity, identity, security and terrorism and holds a doctorate from Calcutta University. He got the prestigious Charles Wallace Fellowship. He also received a Visiting Researcher Scholarship from the Walailak University, Thailand and got a scholarship from Indian Council of Historical Research and Indian Council of Social Science & Research. He has traveled widely in many parts of South and South East Asia, Europe and Australia and has published numerous papers in national and international journals. He is working as a principal at a government high school, Kolkata.

Associate Editors

Sumeet Mhaskar holds a doctorate in Sociology from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and M.A and M. Phil degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Student Affairs) at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P Jindal Global University. He also holds a Junior Research Partner position at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany. He has previously held Post-Doctoral and Visiting Scholar positions in Max Weber Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Kassel University and University of Göttingen, Germany and Centre for South Asia at Stanford University, USA. His research explores the multifaceted vulnerabilities workers’ experience at the lower end of India’s ‘rising economy’. His writings have been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited books, working papers and magazines.

Raoof Mir teaches journalism at Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi. He holds a doctorate in Media Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been a visiting fellow at Centre for Media, Religion and Culture, University of Colorado, USA and Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany. He has worked with Naandi Foundation in support of child rights and has also worked with Yugantar, an advocacy, research and outreach organization for an action based research project focusing on Muslim youth of Hyderabad. He writes regularly for print and e-journals on issues such as Kashmir, Islam and contemporary Indian Politics.