Shweta is the Co-Director of SRUTI and has over 16 years of experience in dealing with issues related to natural resources (land, forest and water), education, governance and other related challenges. She has been active at various fronts including youth leadership training, research, perspective & capacity building processes, policy and legal advocacy with parliamentarians, media, civil society organisations, policy makers and other related stakeholders on various relevant and emerging issues in the grassroots and around the country. She has also worked on documentation of various grassroot initiatives and peoples’ movements on issues of rights over natural resources and socio-economic concerns such as governance, Panchayati Raj Institutions, food security and domestic labour.
Prior to SRUTI, Shweta has worked on issues of communalism, homelessness and urban poverty. She had a variety of experiences before joining this sector of work. Believing in strengthening the socio-cultural diversity in India, Shweta has worked with cultural committees since her graduation days and has been a representative at various national and international platforms. Graduate in English and Hindi literature, she represented her university as an eloquent speaker while bagging awards at national and international levels inter-university competitions.
She was an active member of the student movement during her post-graduation at Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, and developed her world-views on issues of social and political importance at an early age. She also facilitated film screenings and discussions with writers, critiques as convener of the Cine Society Film Club at the campus.
Her publications include subjects such as land, forest, domestic labour, globalization, gender and education. She has published articles and research pieces for The Wire, Newslaundry, Down to Earth, Junputh and Springer. She is interested in exploring research and advocacy around land rights and agrarian reforms in the development paradigm.
Shweta is a part of a collective called Raschakra and has performed theatrical pieces as a performative reader. She loves to sing and explore creative forms of expression and finds solace in good music and art.