Rakesh Kalshian, India, is a former reporter for the weekly magazine Outlook where he focused on science, environment, and development, a beat he has covered since 1991.
Kalshian’s reports for Outlook included investigations into the shady politics of climate change, the hazards faced by workers at the world’s largest ship-breaking yard in Gujarat, rot and corruption in Indian scientific establishment, and the repression of indigenous people in India’s extractive industries. In January 1999, Kalshian investigated the dirty politics of water sharing between India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He is interested in unraveling the nexus between nation-states, corporations and global institutions, including media, academia and NGOs, in the murky and deceptive games of environmental geopolitics. He has edited two books on the seamy side of India’s mining industry and one on the politics of energy in South Asia. Kalshian was a British Chevening fellow at Westminster University in 1998 and Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000. Kalshian is currently a freelancer.