RGICSRajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies


Barkha Deva , Associate Director

Ms. Deva focuses on the strategic direction of the Institute’s work. She also leads RGICS’s focus on Governance Issues. She is deeply interested in intersects between the political, governance and policy space and the narrative that influences them. 

Prior to joining RGICS, Ms. Deva was Head Communication and Change Management at NATGRID, Ministry of Home Affairs. Before NATGRID she spent many years in the private sector which helped her develop a deep understanding of the Indian consumer. Her private sector experience includes senior management positions at Hewlett Packard India Ltd., Lintas and Contract Advertising India Ltd.

Ms. Deva holds a Masters in Business Administration from the International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi, and is an alumnus of Hindu College, Delhi University. She is a familiar voice in the world of audio books for the blind, has been a panelist on BBC Have Your Say and BBC World on issues of concern for Working Women and Mothers, enjoys running and is a Half Marathoner. 

Dr. Sushree Panigrahi, Fellow

Sushree is a sociologist, specialised in cultural studies primarily related to gender, media and refugees. She did her graduation from Stella Maris, Chennai and moved on to JNU for her Masters, MPhil and Ph.D in sociology. Sushree has worked with national and international organisations and published articles on gender and media, media and minority and also refugee crisis. She also worked on several research projects on HIV and AIDS and women empowerment initiative with special emphasis on female foeticide and sex selection.

Jeet Sanwal, Associate Fellow

Jeet is a post-graduate in Sociology and also has a PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. More than 11 years, he extensively worked on social mobilisation, networking, grass root advocacy, research and campaigns with different civil society organisations , NGOs and research organisations addressing issues of the poor and marginalised.

Research Assistants to Legislators

Aadrita Das

Aadrita holds a BA LLB degree from Christ University and has worked as a trainee Refugee Rights Protection lawyer for 2 months before joining RGICS. She has also completed a Diploma in Public International Law from Hague Academy of International Law, Den Haag. Her research interests lie in an inter-disciplinary approach to law and policy making and include foreign policy, human rights and humanitarian law.

Manas Raturi

Manas holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Ambedkar University, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. His Master’s dissertation focuses on the colonial genesis of India’s archaic Anti-Beggary laws. He believes that policies in/of a society can be evaluated better through the conceptual apparatuses of social sciences.

Nancy D Cruz

Nancy is a graduate in Political Science from Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University and holds a Masters Degree in Gender & Development Studies. She is currently also pursuing a PG Diploma in Human Rights. Prior to joining RGICS, she has worked with different civil society organisations, NGOs and research organisations. Her research interests lie in the areas of Governance Studies, Gender, Social Outreach, Skill Development and Education.

Vinod Kumar Verma, Logistic Support

He has joined RGICS/ RGF in 1997 and provides logistic support.