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Tanya Datta: Biography
Tanya Datta

Tanya's career in journalism began 12 years ago when she started work as the Women's Editor of India Mail, a newspaper aimed at British Asians.

The grandiose title of her job however, masked the fact that there was only one other journalist as well as an alarming hole in the newsroom floor that led directly to the Sari Emporium below.

Pitfalls aside, India Mail gave Tanya the opportunity to explore the myriad issues facing British Asians, a subject which is still close to her heart today.

In 1996, she won a Scott Trust Bursary to study journalism at City University, and following that went on to become an ITN News Trainee.

Since 2000, Tanya has been working for BBC Radio 4's international current affairs department.

Her stories have taken her all over the world but she specialises in coverage of India. In 2007, she explored why violence has become a way of life in the remote state of Manipur in India's Northeast - a conflict rarely covered by the Western media.

Over the last three years, she has worked on Sleeping With The Enemy, a Radio 4 history series, producing amongst other programmes the virtually unknown story of the fate of hundreds of thousands of Sikh, Hindu and Muslim women who were kidnapped during Partition in Punjab.

In the wake of the tsunami, she reported on the plight of Thailand's Burmese migrant workers for Radio 4's Crossing Continents.

Last year, she made a rare foray into domestic news. In The Last Taboo for Radio 4, she explored inter-ethnic racism between the UK's Asian and Black communities, sparking off a media debate on the issue.

She has also reported for TV. In 2004, she investigated controversial allegations against the Indian Godman, Sai Baba, for BBC2's This World strand. Its broadcast in the Mauritius caused the Cabinet there to call for an inquiry.

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