Sanjoy Hazarika - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Sanjoy Hazarika, is currently Director of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. He is the former founder and first Director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of tCentre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) ( which has landmarked the innovative Boat Clinic on the Brahmaputra in Assam, reaching nearly half a million people with healthcare every year. Acknowledged as a specialist on migration and issues in the North East, his books include, Writing on the Wall; Rites of Passage: border crossings, imagined homelands – India’s East and Bangladesh, Strangers of the Mist; Tales of War and Peace from India’s North East; Bhopal, the lesson of a tragedy. He has co-authored The State Strikes Back: India and the Naga and contributed chapters to several books, including the Penguin Anthology of Mountain Writing and the Penguin Non-Fiction Collection. He has been published in The New York Times, The Statesman, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Hindustan and The Assam Tribune. He has made the documentary films A River’s Story, A Measure of Impunity, Where There Are No Roads and Rambuai; Mizoram’s Trouble Years.