Harsh Mander, writer, human rights and peace worker, writer, columnist, researcher and teacher, works with survivors of mass violence, hunger, homeless persons and street children.
His books include ‘Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India’; ‘Ash in the Belly: India’s Unfinished Battle against Hunger’; ‘Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives’, ‘Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre’, ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth: Stories of Suffering, Oppression and Resistance’, ‘Fractured Freedom: Chronicles from India’s Margins’, ‘The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poor in India’, and ‘Untouchability in Rural India’ (co-authored). His real-life stories have been adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegal’s Samar, and Mallika Sarabhai’s dance drama Unsuni. He regularly writes columns for the Indian Express, Scroll and the Wire, and wrote for several years for the Hindu and the Hindustan Times. He writes, speaks and teaches in India and abroad regularly on issues of social equality and public policy. He coordinates the production of the annual India Exclusion Report.
He is associated with social causes and movements for communal harmony and justice, minority rights, the right to information, the right to food, homeless people and bonded labour, tribal, dalit, child and disability rights; and recently organized a journey of solidarity and conscience to families affected by hate violence across India called Karwan e Mohabbat or a Caravan of Love.