Jaideep Hardikar


Jaideep Hardikar, is an award-winning Nagpur based journalist, currently a core team member of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a Fellow of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy working on a project concerning water commons.

For over two decades, he has worked with four different newspapers, the latest one was with The Telegraph as their central India Assistant Editor, extensively reporting on central India, and mainly Vidarbha that is witnessing continuing spell of farmers' suicides and agrarian distress.

Jaideep has by choice remained in the hinterland where some of India's major processes are unfolding.

His journalism appears in several digital and print media outlets, including the BBC, New Internationalist Magazine, news18.org, thequint, Mongabay, Hindkisan, Lokmat, Divya Marathi, Indian Express Online, and others.

In 2009, he was awarded an Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in which he travelled to the US for six months to work with Sun Sentinel, a south-Florida newspaper, studying and reporting on small local farmers and farm-subsidies in the US.

Jaideep has travelled extensively across India and has been the recipient of many national and international fellowships and awards, including the prestigious Prem Bhatia award for environmental journalist and Sanskriti Award for Young Journalists. 

He was a 2015 fellow in the Asia Leadership Fellow Program hosted by the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation at Tokyo and a Monash-DFAT fellow in 2017 that brought 28 experts to debate food and food systems in Australia.

Jaideep is an author of the book, 'A village awaits doomsday' (Penguin India, March 2013), which is now available also in Hindi - 'Yahan Ek Gaon Tha'. The book takes a look at what happens to the people who are displaced by development projects in India.

He is currently writing a second book on the farmers' suicides and cotton growers' struggles in a globalized world.

Here is a link to one of his interviews.