Smt. Usha Rai, who mainstreamed women issues in the media. Right from the first major report by Phulrenu Guha and Veena Majumdar on the status of Women in the country, to Ela Bhatt’s Shram Shakti report on the women in the unorganized sector, she has been focusing with sensitivity on women’s issues. Among the major women related stories she has broken are the rape of Bhanwari Devi of Rajasthan, atrocities on Usha Dhiman of U.P, assault on Jain Sadhavis in M.P. and an investigative report on the widows of Vrindavan. Usha Rai started her carrier as a press reporter thirty-nine years back. She has since then published many books and specializes in the Development and Education sector, Women’s Issues, Environment and Rural Development as well as NGO movements.
She is also the founder member of the Indian Women’s Press Corp in New Delhi. At present she is serving in the coveted post of a Deputy Director, Press Institute of India. Usha Rai, a pioneer in writing on women’s empowerment issues has been focusing on the falling sex ratio of the girl child due to sex selective abortions. She is the recipient of the Chameli Devi Award and FAO UN Award