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Snigdha Poonam

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Dehradun, UT, India

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Past articles by Snigdha:

Lady Killers - Open The Magazine

AT FIRST, I wrote about people who were doing awful things because if they didn’t, someone else would. They posted fake news, joined lynch mobs, and organised riots. None of them was accused of any crime; in fact, many benefitted from their actions. A college dropout got funds to start a business; an insurance salesman … Continue reading "Lady Killers" → Read More

Inside India’s booming dark data economy

Thanks to lax privacy laws and high consumer demand, details on everything from how you shop to who you date are all for sale. → Read More

Left in lurch with ban, TikTok stars stare at a grim future

The jokes contained not only funny lines but also music, dance, acting, emojis and a whole lot of wackiness. Thousands of those went viral in the 12-odd hours that the app was functional on Indian smartphones after the government banned it, citing cybersecurity worries. → Read More

‘Keep talking to me’: Hyderabad’s night of horror

In common with the 2012 case, this too was tangled up in gender and class battles; while the victim was a middle-class professional from the city, the perpetrators are blue-collar workers from villages. → Read More

‘Everything’s stuck’: PMC Bank account holders face miseries

In Mulund, which has been worst hit by the PMC bank crisis, many of the over 15000 account holders in the area say they are struggling to meet daily expenses, let alone handle medical emergencies and wedding plans. → Read More

How fear, rumours fuel mob fury

He said over the six months that he has been posted in Sambhal, not a single child has been kidnapped in the district. He attributed the string of mob lynchings in the region to low levels of literacy, an abundance of free time, and a general disgruntlement among the public. → Read More

Desire for upward mobility unites India’s young voters

The lived realities of these 15 people couldn’t be more different from each other’s, but their expectations from the country’s next political leadership often intersected. → Read More

At BHU, gender intersects ideological battle

Women strive to carve out a space for themselves at the traditionally male-dominated campus, with people on both sides of the ideological divide saying that they are raising the issues concerning women students. → Read More

At BHU, gender intersects ideological battle

Hindu nationalism is central to BHU’s political life, and BHU has had a lot to contribute to the political life of Hindu nationalism. → Read More

Want reservation scrapped for all, says a 19-year-old first time voter

18 million people between 18 and 23 are estimated to vote for the first time in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. What do they want? In Haryana’s Mahendragarh, which has the lowest sex ratio in the country, this 19-year-old woman will vote for Narendra Modi’s vision for India. → Read More

Indian women just did a remarkable thing – a 620-km wall of protest

They were asserting their right to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala – and have given hope for women’s rights in India, says Snigdha Poonam, a journalist based in Delhi → Read More

Braid chopping, Blue Whale, Momo Challenge: What lay behind a year of fear and panic

Mass hysteria breaks out in India every few years and is increasingly being fuelled by paranoia about the internet. But what lies behind the panic and fear and how can we combat it? → Read More

Greed, deceit and lies: How a Tinder date ended in murder

In February, Priya Seth and Dushyant Sharma met on Tinder. In May,Sharma was dead, and Seth was in jail on charge of murdering him → Read More

In Muzaffarpur’s shelter home, a web of silence shielded sexual abuse

An alarming number of people knew about the goings-on in Brajesh Thakur’s short-stay home for destitute girls. Here’s why they kept quiet. → Read More

Hadiya family feud: A battle of rights vs relationships

Even as the Supreme Court made it clear that the National Investigation Agency could not probe the marital status of Hadiya, her father refuses to give up his fight. → Read More

Excerpt - Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing Their World by Snigdha Poonam

A new book follows six young Indians from small towns and villages chasing their dreams. This excerpt features Richa Singh who contested the bloodiest election in Uttar Pradesh and ran for the post of president of the students’ union of Allahabad University in 2015 → Read More

The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market

The long read: As competition for jobs among India’s youth intensifies, the offer of a lucrative career in a call centre can be difficult to turn down – even if the work turns out to be operating a scam → Read More

Fortis hospital dengue death: Several wrongs but no clear villain

Gurgaon’s Fortis Hospital billed the family of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue in September, for 660 syringes and 2,700 gloves during her 15-day hospital stay. → Read More

How the fake-jobs industry scams Indians

The workings of an industry that operates by promising jobs that don't exist. → Read More

Rattled by layoffs, IT workers grapple with fear, fraud and isolation

Unprepared to deal with the insecurity of losing a job around which they built their lives and identities, IT workers are either shutting out the world or crying out for... → Read More