Chintan Girish Modi describes himself as a traveller, writer and peace educator. His home base is Mumbai but work has taken him to faraway places in USA, Nepal, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He earned his BA in English Literature with minors in Sociology and Anthropology at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and pursued his MA in English and MPhil in English Language Education at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. He has received fellowships/scholarships in peacebuilding and conflict transformation from School for International Training, Initiatives of Change and Kulturstudier for his work in the South Asian context. He has been writing on arts, culture and gender since the last 15 years for various publications including The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Times of India, The Asian Age, and The Free Press Journal, TheWire.in, Pragati, and The Friday Times. Apart from that, he has worked with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, the Institute of South Asian Research and Exchange, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Seeds of Peace, the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust. He is the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein, an India-Pakistan peace initiative that focuses on storytelling, peace education, and creative use of social media to strengthen counter-narratives to hateful media propaganda. He has also curated Tana Bana — an online resource on India’s diverse cultural traditions for Open Space India and been an advocate for nuclear disarmament with Global Zero.
Chintan has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings with young people and educators to strengthen critical thinking on issues of communal violence, caste privilege, gender discrimination and queer issues. He has also contributed to a guidebook for textbook writers that focuses on how to integrate peace, social justice, global citizenship and sustainable development into subject-specific learning materials. At present, he consults with the Prajnya Trust in Chennai on their Education for Peace initiative to work with teachers as potential peace-builders, making a difference in the world beyond their immediate subject specializations.