Sanjoy Hazarika

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Mr Sanjoy Hazarika, a human rights activist recognised internationally for designing and developing innovative strategies for inclusive health and governance who is also a scholar, author, journalist and film maker, is currently the Director of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).

Sanjoy Hazarika "is Managing Trustee, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES); Consulting Editor, The Statesman and visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research. He has written extensively on the North-east and made documentary films about the region and the neighborhood where he travels, including Tibet, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. He is an award wining former correspondent of The New York Times, was a member of the National Security Advisory Board, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) review committee, of an advisory panel for the NE in the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution and has held fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Kentucky. He is also Member, National Council, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, Member, Advisory Committee, North East Research Centre of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR.) He is acknowledged as a specialist on migration and his books include Bhopal, the lesson of a tragedy; Strangers of the Mist; Tales of War and Peace from India’s North East; Rites of Passage: border crossings, imagined homelands – India’s East and Bangladesh. He conceived and developed projects of health intervention, governance for the livelihoods in Assam and have just completed NER Vision 2020 document for the North-eastern council, Government of India, involving more than 50,000 people in the region." [1]


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  1. India International Centre Advisory Council, organizational web page, accessed June 3 2012.
  2. Population Foundation of India Advisory board, organizational web page, accessed June 6, 2020.