Suchitra Vijayan is a writer, photographer, lawyer, lecturer and a political analyst. She studied Law, Political Science and International Relations, and was trained as a Barrister-at-Law and called to Bar at the honourable Society of Inner Temple.
Her work looks at theories of violence, war and human nature. She writes about war, conflict, foreign policy, politics, literature and photography. Her columns appear regularly in The Hindu and Warscapes Magazine. She has written for GQ, The Telegraph, and Foreign Policy amongst other publications.
As an attorney previously worked for the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She co-founded and was the Legal Director of Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Cairo that gave legal aid for Iraqi refugee. She has taught at the American University at Cairo, Yale University and the National Law School in Calcutta, India.
As a graduate student at Yale, she was researching and documenting stories along the contentious Durand Line. She was embedded with the ISAF forces – 172 infantry brigade, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan conducting research counterinsurgency practices in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which became her graduating thesis and the basis of the first book, Borderlands that looks at the making of political borders in South Asia.
As a photographer, she was awarded the 2007 Nikon Emerging Talent Award, and I was a part of the highly competitive Eddie Adams Workshop in 2012, that hand picks hundred up and coming photographers.