Anasuya Sengupta is an Indian-American poet, author and activist.
Anasuya was born in 1974 to her father, Abhijit Sengupta, a senior Indian administrative officer, and her mother, Poile Sengupta (née Ambica Gopalakrishnan), a theatre artiste, author, and playwright.
Sengupta studied economics at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, a constituent college of Delhi University in New Delhi, India, where she graduated in 1995 with honours. She later did her doctoral work in politics at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, Oxford, England, where she received a master of philosophy degree in development studies in 1998, studying as a Rhodes Scholar. Her family background was important to her; she later said "I have grown up in a family that is committed to social justice."
Work and activism
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became aware of one of Sengupta's poems in March 1995, when Clinton was the First Lady and visiting India. Later, Clinton used it in her speeches in Delhi and at a United Nations women's conference in Beijing, China.
- (excerpt from "Silence"):
- Too many women
- in too many countries
- speak the same language
- of silence</poem>
Sengupta co-edited Defending Our Dreams: Global Feminist Voices for a New Generation (2005) which was reviewed favorably by Sister Namibia. The Women's Review of Books praised her essay in Defending Our Dreams, calling it a "visionary" work about feminism and the eradication of poverty. Feminist Studies praised the book and wrote, "This volume does provide a surprisingly cohesive account, for a collection, of the thinking of key feminists about international trends."
Sengupta has been the Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, California. She has led Whose Knowledge, a group set up to improve online knowledge and information in marginalised parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and Latin America. The group has been described as "a global, multilingual campaign to reimagine the internet to be for and from all." Her work is supported by a fellowship from the Shuttleworth Foundation.
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- "MIT Libraries host Grand Challenges Summit". MIT News. March 30, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
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- Whose Knowledge? – Official website
- Anasuya Sengupta on LinkedIn
- Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
- Poster campaign against hate
- WMF welcomes Sengupta as grantmaker in 2013
- World Affairs bio
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