Editorial Board

BC Editorial Board Members

Baal Chaupaal (BC) editorial board includes committed and talented team of volunteers from various parts of the globe. The team's professional experience is varied and well-rounded, with careers ranging from children, students, journalists,  medical doctors, and financeers. All active members go through an interview process and are selected based upon their passion for promoting children's issues as well as abiliity to commit their time and talent to the cause of BC.


Pankhuri Jha, Founder of BC, Editor (English)
  • Pankhuri Jha is a junior at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Peddie High School  in Hightstown, New Jersey, where she  formulated the vision behind BC, and together with members from Ark Foundation made her vision a reality. Pankhuri resides in New Jersey with her parents and younger sister. She is responsible for soliciting articles from various schools in the USA, Europe, and Australia, and is also one of the editors of the magazine.

Dr. Shaheen Ansari, Co-Founder of BC


  • Dr. Shaheen Ansari has a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is the mentor for Pankhuri Jha and also the co-founder of Baal Chaupaal. The person behind our Baal Chaupaal office in New Delhi, India, he is responsible for making sure that all activities of the magazine run smoothly. He comes to us with years of experience in the “Child Rights” area. A highly skilled and resourceful “Child Rights Professional & Education Specialist” with substantial leadership expertise, Dr. Ansari’s areas of expertise include education, child rights programming, grants management, and networking & communication. He is the “Research and evaluation co-ordinator” for Ark foundation, New Delhi

Dr. Cuckoo Choudhary, Executive Director


  • Dr. Cuckoo Choudhary is an Associate Professor of Medicine, division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. She has been a faculty member at Jefferson since July 2000. Dr. Choudhary received her MBBS from Guwahati Medical College, Gauhati, Assam, India. Dr. Choudhary has received numerous awards in the U.S.A. as a physician, and has lectured and published extensively. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Choudhary is involved in various extracurricular activities related to drama, poetry, literature, debate, and social causes. Dr. Choudhary resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Kristi P. Subramanian, Strategic Director
  • Kristi P. Subramanian received her B.S. in Finance/Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. Kristi has over 11 years of investment due diligence experience primarly researching various forms of alternative investments (i.e. hedge funds, private equity, real estate, commodities). After working for companies such as Ernst & Young and PNC Bank, Kristi formed her own consulting firm, Aayush LLC in the summer of 2011. Mrs.Subramanian enjoys writing, reading, and yoga. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters.

Hem Raj Joshi, Editorial Board Member


  • Mr. Hem Raj Joshi has dual Master degrees in Political Science and English. He has always enjoyed working for the marginalized sections in the Society and has fought for their rights. He has passion for social work, and teaching, and also works as a tutor. Presently, Mr. Joshi is working with Ark Foundation as a Project Manager in New Delhi, India. He enjoys writing, reading, Playing Chess and meditating. His ambition is to work for the society. He is married and has one child. He is not only an active member of the Baal Chaupaal editorial board, but also our “go to person” for Baal Chaupaal at the Delhi office.

Dr. Alok Jha, Editorial Board Member

  • Dr. Alok Jha is a  child psychiatrist working in United Kingdom with interests in history, religion, philosophy and chess. He takes keen interest in culinary arts and love cooking and researching ancient.

L.H. Haokip, Editorial Board Member


  • Mr. LH Haokip completed MSW (Master in Social Welfare) in 2014 from IGNOU, New Delhi, India. Since then, he has been working with Ark foundation in New Delhi, India, in the capacity of Project Co-ordinator. He is an active member of the Baal Chaupaal editorial boards.

Dr. Prabir Ranjan Moharana, Editorial Board Member


  • Dr. Prabir Ranjan Moharana has completed his MBBS in 2001 and MD (Community Medicine) in 2009. Dr. Moharana is active in Public Health of India since 2003 as a Medical Officer, Surveillance Medical Officer in National Polio Eradication Program, Medical College Faculty and Technical Consultant to Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Moharana, who belongs to the state of Odisha, is married and blessed with a daughter.  His enjoys writing and was a voracious reader and avid cricket player as a child.

Nasir Ahmad Siddiqui, Editorial Board Member

  • Mr. Nasir Siddiqui comes to us with extensive experience in editing newsletters, scrip-writing, directing plays and teaching children. He has dual degree in journalism and mass communication, and is proficient in multiple languages. He is a social activist based in New Delhi and is mainly involved in children activities. He has won multiple awards and has participated in numerous National Workshops for children. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and two children.
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