Our Team

Chaitanya Mallapur

Senior Policy Analyst

Chaitanya has a masters degree in politics from the University of Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His areas of interest are foreign policy and security studies. He has also worked with ET NOW, a business news channel, as an assistant producer in the digital team.

Govindraj Ethiraj


Govindraj is a television & print journalist and founder of Boom, a fact-checking initiative. He anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television–the current one being Aegons of Business on Bloomberg Quint, and the most recent being Policy Watch on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha TV. He also writes for newspapers such as Business Standard. Previously, Govindraj was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to that, he worked with Business Standard as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. He also spent around five years each with CNBC-TV18 and The Economic Times. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado, and a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leadership Award for 2014 and the 2018 McNulty Prize.

Karthik Madhavapeddi

Senior Editor

Karthik’s last stint was at SaddaHaq, a social-journalism platform based in Hyderabad. Apart from fixating on numbers and grammar, he reads books, enjoys poetry and is a newshound. He is a mechanical engineer from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.

Samar Halarnkar


A journalist for 28 years, Samar’s last job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times. Samar holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. Samar is the author of two books: Nirvana Under the Rain Tree, an early chronicle of India's Internet revolution; and The Married Man's Guide To Creative Cooking And Other Dubious Adventures. He writes a column on cooking for Mint and another on national affairs for Scroll.in. He has written columns for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail (Canada) and Hindustan Times. He has been a reporter and editor at the Times of India, India Today, Business Today and Indian Express. Samar received the Polestar National Award for Technology Reporting in 2001 and the Asian College of Journalism Investigative Reporting Award in 2018.

Shreehari Paliath

Policy Analyst

Shreehari is an electrical and electronics engineer and had a brief stint at the National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru. He has a master's degree in development from Azim Premji University, a post-graduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and as a writer has reported on enterprise IT and water, the latter at Arygham, a non-profit that works on such issues

Shreya Raman

Data Analyst

Shreya was a desk producer at Mirror Now and is an alumnus of the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass media from the Mumbai University.

Swagata Yadavar

Special Correspondent

Swagata Yadavar is a health journalist based in New Delhi. She is passionate about uncovering the gaps in access to healthcare and writing about public health policies. She has won Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Health writing in 2014, the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in 2013, the European School of Oncology’s 2018 Cancer Journalism Award and the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2018 June L. Bielder Prize in Cancer Journalism. She was previously with The Week, a national magazine.