Kota Neelima is a political author and has been a journalist for over 23 years in New Delhi. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relation from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and a Doctorate in political science from the University of Delhi. Neelima was Senior Research Fellow, South Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, She is also a former Political editor for The Sunday Guardian newspaper and writes on politics, perception, farmers suicides, gender and issues concerning the rural poor in India. She is the author of five books of fiction that are based on her experience as a journalist as well as a researcher. Her new book, ‘Widows of Vidarbha, Making of Shadows,’ (2018, Oxford University Press) presents the life of the widows left behind by farmer suicides due to agricultural distress.



Founded by author, artist and journalist Kota Neelima, the Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to the pursuit of truth beyond facts through literature, art, and research. The mandate of the Institute is to challenge accepted norms and concepts of art and literature through new research into political, social and economic realities of India.

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All Power is Perception

Institute of Perception Studies

Perception is opinion and judgment, based on both cognitive and intuitive understanding. The world is known through perception and it is the foundation of all decision-making. Perception is essential for knowledge, and is a gateway for explorations that were inductive, deductive, as well as intuitive, predictive.