Ujjawal Krishnam (this is me bragging) is an aspiring theoretical physicist (who tries to utilise interdisciplinarity to explain the behaviour of condensed matter), information activist (who wants to enrich the information dissemination system of India), and citizen journalist (who strives to understand the developments at the intersection of rural and urban spheres of India in general, and in particular that of Bihar state). ツ
Initially home-schooled, I later went to Saraswati Vidya Mandir Bettiah. I was taught at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi afterwards. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (Hons.) from The Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda. Personally, I prefer autodidacticism.
I learnt the computational condensed matter physics under Prof. Prafulla K Jha’s group at the Condensed Matter & Materials Physics Laboratory of MSU Baroda. At CM&MPL-MSU Baroda, I studied “The Reynolds number modulated low frequency dynamical modes of aqueous medium embedded Spherical Virus and implications to detecting and killing viruses (2019, Krishnam et al.)”, the key findings were published in Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics [Taylor & Francis]. Besides, I also led and completed a few project methods or prerequisites (to the above-mentioned comprehensive study) during my undergraduate years, including student-led Project STAT ΦSICS in a collaboration with undergraduate researchers from institutions across the globe. I also served as Academic & Cultural Secretary of The Physical Society-MSU Baroda. Meanwhile, in 2017, my working methods received top-0.1 per cent read on Academia.edu, and I was offered Editorship by the academic networking site. Moreover, it is a moot point whether the Editor Program of research networks becomes practically useful.
I filed the first case on the outline of SC’s 377 Verdict [Supreme Court’s judgement on Criminal Writ Petition 16 of 2016] against the hate speech defaming LGBT community; the perpetrator was forced to remove all derogatory comment he made against sexual minority from the online platforms. It was the RTI query filed by me that ascertained the Prime Minister’s Office had received three letters from Ganga activist Prof. G. D. Agrawal, who succumbed to a heart attack after a 112 day fast to ‘Save Ganga’; however, the administration failed to act.
In 2018, I had a brief stint as a team member at Sabrang India, where I worked with Teesta Setalvad, among others.
The phenomenon of editorializing the news is rampant in today’s media. Whether it is left-leaning or whether it is right-leaning, the bias is detrimental to journalistic ethics. Perhaps I was allured by the notion of citizen journalism. That gives the sense of independence. As a citizen journalist, I went on with the practice, writing more than a hundred thematic articles for more than two dozen media outlets, including Asia Times and People’s Archive of Rural India. The interviews of prominent thinkers can be read here. A series of reports from Champaran, the place steeped in history for witnessing Satyagraha, the first successful movement towards Indian independence, published in 2019, presents a study of deeply entrenched socioeconomic constraints and daily sufferings of the people at the lowest stratum of social hierarchy.
My investigative report disclosed grave shortcomings in the India’s healthcare policies; an investigation revealed that ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’, known as PMFBY , the flagship crop insurance scheme helped both public and private insurance companies to profiteer by as much as ₹118 billion. I conducted a brief investigation into Vyapam Scam. My latest investigative report fact-checks the lack of transparency in IICC Dwarka project, which reveals that ‘the ongoing phase-1 of the mega plan to host the global summit in 2022 saw a budget hike of 45.82% while, in toto, the project seemed to be lagging.’
You can browse all of my blogs and journalistic articles and peer-reviewed research on Contently.
In 2019, I co-developed The Buoy. Under this uniquely conceptualised initiative, India Untouched—an archive of socioeconomically marginalised Indians—was furthered. Previously, I also contributed stock photos for Getty Images for a very brief period of time.
Last but not least, few moments of reflection: A library is an inseparable part of a learner’s life; it is truly a window to the outside world. I must confess that Smt Hansa Mehta Library was a turning point for me. Look, it also boasts the first printing of Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ the Rajiv Gandhi Government had otherwise banned. Whoops! It puzzles me how this genie of blasphemy discombobulated the self-proclaimed guardians of society. More so, Jean-Pierre Faye (with whom, luckily, I share a birthday) has rightly argued about the horseshoe theory?
It is then satisfying, many will agree, to live as an inveterate optimist, that idea of flexibility lasts long. At least I don’t have to wear a ‘cone of shame’ which in this ruthless world is passed off disgracefully as Elizabethan collar. Nor do I have to dip my pen in gall everyday. ‘But when I write, I do not write for others, but in order to fulfill myself,’ said KM Munshi as early as 1945.
And this personal webpage, though glancingly delightful, is gibberish. Cheerio!