Sunaina Kumar

Sunaina Kumar is an independent journalist based out of Delhi, with a focus on issues of social justice, development, and gender. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, and in Indian publications like the Mint, the Hindu and
She has worked for about fourteen years with mainstream Indian publications like the Indian Express, Open Magazine and the investigative magazine Tehelka, as both reporter and editor.
She is a former Robert Bosch Foundation fellow ( She has reported out of Germany and worked with the German national weekly, Die Zeit, and continues contributing to it out of India.
She has twice been awarded the Global Health Reporting Grant by the European Journalism Centre, in 2017 and 2018, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for reporting on silicosis and maternal health. She was awarded a grant in 2018, by the Bosch Foundation, for reporting on agricultural crisis in the state of Punjab.
She has a passion for international affairs and writes occasionally on India’s foreign policy for the foreign policy think tank, European Council on Foreign Relations.