Biswajit Mohanty is a chartered accountant and an avid naturalist, his interest in wildlife conservation spurred him to acquire a doctorate degree on wildlife crime. He has worked extensively on enforcement of forest and wildlife laws and studied in depth the human-elephant conflict in the state of Odisha.
An active user of the Right to Information Act, Mohanty has used it successfully to expose several major scams. He has filed more than 1,500 RTI applications in his crusades against corruption.
He is a recipient of the Wildlife Service Award (2001) from Sanctuary Asia-ABN Amro Bank, the Ford Conservation and Environment Grant (2001), the Orissa Environment Society Award (2010), the National RTI Award for Bravery (2010) from the National RTI Alliance, Lucknow, the Times of India Leadership Award (2011) and the INTACH Gaurav Sanman Award (2013).
Chasing His Father’s Dreams is a comprehensive exposition of the circumstances under which Naveen Patnaik, the founder and leader of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) political party who is now in his fourth term as Chief Minister of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, rose to power.
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