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Agam Sei

Chennai, India
Joined June 2016
Presence in: India
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Right to Information

I’m the Editor-in-Chief of a local city-based paper called Agam Sei, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Our aim is two-fold:

1. To run a paper for the sole purpose of covering city news. This includes discussing the infrastructure and other development projects, environmental issues, local political movements, smaller communities and their plights, breaking social stigma’s and debating city policies.

2. To run the paper AD-FREE. Many regional newspapers rely solely on advertisements for sustenance, diluting the intensity and the impact of the news reported. Hence we strive to look for alternative means of sustaining news without compromising the story or the freedom of the reporter.

People Associated With This Organization

Archna Menon

Agam Sei
Joined June 2016
Interests: Education, Environmental Justice, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Right to Information
I'm an architect, who graduated out of School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Through college and the projects I've done, I've become increasingly interested in the city we live in, the future of an Indian cities, tackling the growing population, while providing for a good living condition.

I've won two national and one international design competitions tackling a few of the issues I mentioned above. I also write poetry, prose and articles.

After graduation, however, it became more apparent that there was a dearth of information on many important aspects of the city; worse was that the people weren't adequately informed of the approach or direction of development the cities are heading towards. Change can materialise only when people were adequately informed. Hence I joined Agam Sei, a local paper catering to city-news.

I look forward to connecting with people who write, and look to empower through writing.
Archna Menon is the network champion (main point of contact) for Agam Sei.

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