Kota Neelima is an Indian author, researcher, artist and political commentator, specializing in rural distress, gender and her work focus on the condition of women farmers, farmer suicides and peripheries of democratic societies. Neelima writes in Economic and Political Weekly, The Huffington Post India, The Quint, The Wire, DailyO, DNA, News18 India., and NDTV. She speaks at academic institutions on agricultural crisis and gender, like Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Azim Premji University, Jadhavpur University, Graphic Era Hill University (Dehradun), Sri Ram College of Commerce (Delhi), JECRC University (Jaipur), Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHDA), Pune.
Kota Neelima also participates at many leading literary festivals like Jaipur Literary Festival, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Dehradun Literature Festival, Odisha Literary Festival, Times LitFest, and Delhi Literary Festival. National Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran has optioned one of her books, Shoes of The Dead, to be adapted into a movie. Recently, she faced threats from the Karni Sena in Rajasthan for writing an article critical of their role in women empowerment in the state in view of their protest against the movie, Padmavat. Her research organization, Institute of Perception Studies (IPS), maps rural distress and solutions, with special focus on gender and farmer suicides. Another of her initiative StudioAdda conducts periodic outreach events like art and photography shows, and discussions on social, economic and political conditions of India. She was awarded in the Exceptional Women of Excellence category at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2019.
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