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 closely on hate crimes and the rise of militant 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.
His reports were published on Factchecker.in and were latter pulled down by the website under mysterious circumstances along with a database on hate crimes in India.
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.