RachnaBisht-Rawat is a journalist and writer with 18 years of experience. The Statesman, Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Outlook, Discover India and Femina are a few publications that she has written for. She also writes for a few websites and Iconoculture, a global research and advisory company. She has worked with newspapers including Delhi Midday, The Statesman, Financial Express and Indian Express; has been atttached with the Leicester Mercury in the United Kingdom, reported on the London tube blasts, TN Seshan’s election campaign and the aftermath of the Kargil war. She has authored a book The Three that details the history of the elite 3 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army and helped edit the regimental history of The Fifth Airborne, the Indian Army’s highly decorated Para regiment.
Fellowships and awards
Harry Brittain Fellowship: She was the only Indian to be picked for the Harry Brittain Fellowship, 2005, organized by the Commonwealth Press Union. The fellowship gave 10 journalists from across the Commonwealth countries six weeks of exposure to the working of the press in the United Kingdom and an opportunity to study the Catholic Protestant divide in Northern Ireland. During this period, besides spending time in the offices of the BBC, Reuters, Daily Mail, Guardian, The Independent, she did a stint with the Leicester Mercury to understand how their newsroom works.
International Rolls Royce Award: In 2006, an article on Pooja, an eight-year-old girl child who supports her family by performing acrobatics on the streets of Bangalore, brought Rachna and her Deccan Herald photographer colleague Samson Victor the Commonwealth Press Quarterly’s Rolls Royce Award. The award was given for joint effort between a journalist and a photographer. www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150098608746057
Commonwealth Short Story Competition: Rachna’s first short story MunniMausi was a Highly Commended winner in the 2008-9 Commonwealth Short Story Competition, organized by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. It was picked from 1700 entries from across the world. Winning stories were recorded and given to broadcasting stations around the Commonwealth, including All India Radio and BBC.
East Asia Regional Media Programme 2010: In March 2010, she was one of 30 journalists from the East Asia region invited to take part in a three-day programme on the role of journalism in multi-cultural societies and a globalised world.