Kunal Purohit has been a journalist for over 13 years, writing on issues of development, politics, inequalities, gender and the intersections between them. He is an independent journalist and, has, in the recent past, reported on issues like the country's agrarian crisis, developmental inequities in some of India's poorest areas as well as on hate crimes and the rise of Hindu nationalism across the country. He spent nearly a month, in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, trying to understand what was driving these hate crimes and how they were altering societal dynamics and the cultural fabric of the places where they occurred.
He is an alumnus of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, from where, as a Felix Scholar, he obtained an MSc in Development Studies with distinction.
Kunal has, in the past, received the Ramnath Goenka Award For Excellence in Civic Journalism, the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting and the UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitive Reporting. He has also received various fellowships and journalism grants. His work can be found in the Hindustan Times, IndiaSpend, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Welle, The Wire, FirstPost among others.