The Anahita Speaker Series, an initiative by Carnegie India and the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, is a monthly women’s speaker series that aims to highlight the experiences and achievements of women professionals who are giants in their fields.

The growing usage of smartphones and mobile internet has revolutionized the news industry. While information is now broadcasted easily, the spread of misinformation through messaging platforms and social media have also become a global phenomenon. This has economic, political, and social consequences. 

In the fourth edition of the Anahita Speaker Series, Snigdha Poonam, a national affairs writer with the Hindustan Times, will explore the rise of “fake news” in India. The discussion will be moderated by Upasana Sharma, a research intern at Carnegie India.

Snigdha Poonam

Snigdha Poonam is a national affairs writer with the Hindustan Times in New Delhi. Her work has appeared in Scroll, Caravan, the Times of India, the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times. She won the 2017 Journalist of Change award of Bournemouth University for an investigation of student suicides that appeared in the Huffington Post. Her first book, Dreamers, won 2018’s Crossword Book Award for nonfiction and was longlisted for the PEN America Literary Awards. 

Upasana Sharma

Upasana Sharma is a research intern at Carnegie India. She works with the security studies program, and is also interested in political economy and public policy issues in the developing world.