Harsh Mander was born on April \(17th\), \(1955\). He is an Indian author, writer, researcher, teacher, and social activist who founded the Karwan-e-Mohabbat campaign in support of victims of communal and religious violence. He is the Director of the New Delhi-based Centre for Equity Studies. He was also a member of the National Advisory Council of the Government of India, which was established by the UPA government, and a Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food Campaign.
Mander worked for almost two decades in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are largely tribal areas. Mander resigned from the army in \(2002\) following the Gujarat riots, and began social activism. He is one of the founders of the National Campaign for the People's Right to Information. He was a member of the Core Groups on Bonded Labour and Mental Hospitals of the statutory National Human Rights Commission of India and also served on various national official national committees such as those for Social Protection and the Below Poverty Line (BPL) populations.
Some of his selected publications include:
- (\(2019\)) 'Between Memory and Forgetting: Massacre and the Modi Years in Gujarat' (New Delhi, Yoda Press)
- (\(2019\)) 'Partitions of the Heart: Unmaking the Idea of India' (New Delhi, Penguin Viking)
- (\(2018\)) 'The Right to Food Debates: Social Protection for Food Security in India' (New Delhi, Orient Blackswan) (authored with Ashwin Parulkar, Ankita Aggarwal)
- (\(2018\)) 'Reconciliation: Karwan e Mohabbat’s Journey of Solidarity through a Wounded India' (New Delhi, Context) (co-authored with Natasha Badhwar).
- (\(2016\)) 'Fatal Accidents of Birth: Stories of Suffering, Oppression and Resistance' (New Delhi, Speaking Tiger Books)
- (\(2015\)) 'Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India' (New Delhi, Speaking Tiger Books)
- (\(2012\)) 'Ash in the Belly: India's Unfinished Battle Against Hunger' (New Delhi, Penguin India)
- (\(2009\)) 'Fear and Forgiveness' (New Delhi, Penguin India)