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Center for Governance, Justice and Legal Studies

Varun Chhachhar

Dr. Varun Chacchar

Professor, LU


Dr. Varun Chhachhar, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Lucknow, is an alumnus of Delhi University, he went on to pursue post-graduation and Ph.D from Jamia Milia Islamia. He is presently the coordinator of Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy, University of Lucknow and has almost twenty four research papers published in reputed journals across India and internationally. His interest and expertise lies in Constitution law, Right to Information, Environment laws, Governance and Justice, and Competition Law.


Mr. Shubham Srivastava

Ast. Professor, NUSRL Ranchi


Mr. Shubham Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Law at NLU- Ranchi, is an alumnus of University of Lucknow, who went on to pursue post-graduation and Ph.D. from prestigious NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. His experience in academia is more than 4 years now with an interest and expertise in law relating to Women and Children, Criminal Laws, Gender studies, Human Rights, Judicial Activism, and laws pertaining to juvenile justice system.

Namit Saxena

Mr. Namit Saxena



Mr. Namit Saxena, Advocate on Record, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, is an alumnus of National Law University, Lucknow who went on to secure 2nd rank in AoR examination. Having served Hon’ble Justice Mr. Kurian Joseph as Legal Research Assistant, his eminence in academia can clearly be seen with his popular editing works like CPC by Mulla, CPC by Ratanlal & Dhirajlal, Universal’s Legal GK, Sarkar’s Criminal Minor Acts, CrPC by Justice C.K. Prasad. His areas of interest include Arbitration Laws, Criminal Laws and Issues pertaining to Constitutional Laws.

Jyoti Sikka

Mrs. Jyoti Sikka

Additional Advocate
General, U.P


Mrs. Jyoti Sikka, Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, is an alumnus of University of Lucknow, she has been a renowned advocate with a luminous career spanning over 25 years now. Having represented the State of Uttar Pradesh as Standing Counsel, her contributions towards legal society and women empowerment are widely recognized. She is one of the few mediation specialists in the state and her area of expertise include service matters for which she has multiple reported judgements to her name.


Mr. Kartikeya Bahadur



Mr. Kartikeya Bahadur, Advocate at Allahabad High Court, is an alumnus of National Law University-Lucknow, he went on to pursue his Masters in Access to Justice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. With an experience of more than 6 years as an advocate, his areas of interest lie in Advanced Human Rights, Labour laws, Issues pertaining to Prisoner’s Rights, Criminal laws and social activism. He has also worked with Human Rights Law Network and has worked on cases pertaining to labour matters, housing rights, mental health, LGBTQ rights etc.

Prashant Singh

Mr. Prashant Singh ‘Atal’

Advocate, Co-Chairman,
Bar Council of U.P


Mr. Prashant Singh “Atal”, Senior Advocate, Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court. With an experience of more than 20 years, he has represented Government of India as a senior counsel and has multiple reported judgments to his name. He presently serves the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in the capacity of Co-Chairman. Mr. Atal has to his credit, cases such as Manjunath Case, Babri Structure Demolition Case among others. His interest and expertise lies in Criminal Laws, Election Laws, issues pertaining to Constitutional law, and Service matters.

Center for International Relations, National Security and Strategic Studies

Col Joy Dasgupta, SM

Indian Army


Lt Gen Dushyant Singh

Lt Gen Dushyant Singh



Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), is an alumnus of NDC, DSSC, CDM, and Naval Post Graduate School California, USA. He also holds the distinction of having served twice in the elite National Security Guards, as the Deputy Inspector General (Operations) and the Inspector General (Operations). Besides contributing regularly in various defence journals and newspapers, he has also written chapters in two books namely, “Understanding Suicide Terrorism” and “Countering Terrorism : Psychological Strategies”.

Center for Journalism, Media Studies and Law &
Policy periodical of AFPR ‘The Democratic Line’

KK upadhyay

Mr. K.K Upadhyay

Senior Journalist


Mr. K.K. Upadhyay, Senior Journalist, is an alumnus of Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Having more than 35 years of experience in Journalism, he has served as editor of several esteemed media corporations like Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, Dainik Bhaskar, Amarujala and many more. His knowledge, expertise and professionalism are widely recognized in the field and he is a great enthusiast of active public participation, access to justice, journalism, mass media, and social activism.

Center for Economic Studies

Dr. Maya Kant

Professor, IIM-Lucknow


Adhyayan Foundation For Policy & Research

Priyanshi Srivastava

Director Research

Priyanshi Srivastava is currently the Research Director at AFPR. Having studied law from India, she moved to Australia to pursue a Double Masters in International Relations and International Business from Macquarie University. As someone who takes keen interest in social work and social impact, she has to her credit being associated with renowned charity organizations like World Vision Australia and Wesley Mission. She has also worked as a Research Associate with The Australian Taxpayer’ Alliance, which is one of Australia’s largest activist and advocacy organizations.  At the National Youth Parliament, organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, she won an award for ‘Best Speaker’. Having keen interest in law, international relations, gender studies, and social work, she has several publications in her name.

Harshitaa Tiwari

Admin & HR

Harshitaa is a graduate in political science and psychology with special interests in modern political thought. A firm believer in working at the ground zero, She has previously undertaken the responsibility of Project coordinator and a teaching volunteer at Open Door Project and several campaigns aimed at ensuring access to education. An active civil society member, her area of work includes access to education, mental health awareness and environment conservation.

Currently serving as Director (Administration & HR) she regularly commentates on social issues with special insights on gender studies and education and champions the cause of social and ecological justice.

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