About Me
Hi, I am Ashima Sharma
Ashima Sharma is a graduate in (B.A. (Hons.) Journalism and Communication from O.P. Jindal Global University, India. She will be joining the London School of Economics and Political Science in September 2021 to pursue a master’s degree in human rights. In October 2020 she was awarded the Graduate Research Immersion Programme (GRIP) Scholarship by O.P Jindal Global University to research on the Rohingyas and their erasure of human rights. Her focus in research has been on refugees and migration and has worked with an international film production researching on the Rohingyas. She also runs her own podcast called The Hook ( She has previously worked with Innovative Change Collaborative (ICCo) as a consultant- research and documentation on a project titled Work: No Child’s Business (WNCB). The alliance includes Save the Children, UNICEF, and Stop Child Labor Coalition in six countries.
The Shifting Chars of Brahmaputra
Chars or sandbanks in the Brahmaputra are home to approximately twenty-five lakh people whose lives are like shifting sand. When Amitav Ghosh, in the title of his book, The Hungry Tide, personifies the tide to hunger, it extends beyond its literal sense to show how islanders fight with calamitous environment each day, yet choose to live with it. He writes: "Transformation is the rule of life: rivers stray from week to week, and islands are made and unmade in days.” (Ghosh, 2005) LIVING WITH THE RIVER Pagla Nodi or ‘mad river’ is a song of the boatmen. It captures the many moods of the river—as a ravaging force during the flood, as a nurturer and as the only reality of people for whom land and water is the same.
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