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Trustee & Independent Journalist, Author and Researcher @ Hasiru Dala/ SWMRT - Hasiru Dala/ SWMRT
Pinky Chandran is an independent journalist, researcher and author. She is the founding member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable (SWMRT), a collective of SWM practitioners working on decentralised & inclusive waste management since 2009, Bengaluru and a Trustee at Hasiru Dala, a social impact organisation that works with waste pickers and other waste workers to ensure a life of dignity, since 2010.She has co-authored Valuing Urban Waste: The need for a comprehensive recycling policy Version 1 (2018), Hasiru Dala; , A Mirage: Assessment of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and SWM Rules 2016: Wastepickers Perspectives across India, supported by Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers and IGSSS ( 2019); “Communicating the Sustainable Development Goals-A Toolkit for Community Radio Stations”, developed by SMART and Supported by UNESCO and UNICEF ( 2020). Garbage inspires her to write poetry.She is passionate about community media, and believes that everyday people should have access to create their own media, and currently serves as a Board Member at Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART) SMART, an NGO committed to empowering communities and runs Radio Mewat, a community radio in Haryana. In the past she co-founded Radio Active 90.4 MHz Bangalore's first community radio station, in 2007 which attained an exemplary status of being the most inclusive community centered station in the country, before handing it over to Jain University in 2021.