Nyaaya is a pioneering initiative of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, conceived of by Rohini Nilekani and supported by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and The Lal Family Foundation. It seeks to assist everyone to understand and deal with everyday legal problems. Nyaaya provides comprehensive information on various legal topics, covering most aspects of the law that people interact with in their daily lives.
The Nyaaya team is made up of people from different professional backgrounds and experiences. We are all united by our common passion of making laws more accessible to everyone. While each team member has a designated role, there is robust cross-functionality amongst the team members, with both primary and secondary duties for everyone feeding into the overall organizational vision.
Adrija spends her time at Nyaaya explaining laws in a simple manner, writing blog posts, having heated discussions and liaising with lawyers and NGOs. She loves that all her work leads back to the question of access to law and constantly asks of herself “What does a non-lawyer need to know about the law?”. She credits her friends and teachers at college for helping her develop a nuanced understanding of access through courses, long-winded class discussions and late night conversations in the girls hostel.
Archana is a dog person who loves watching tv shows and movies, and breaking down all the things she liked and disliked about it. She has always been fascinated with new technology and drifted towards working in tech no matter how many bad decisions she makes. By leading the Nyaaya initiative she hopes to steer her orientation to tech a bit more in the helpful direction than being harmful. Her favourite way to spend time is by doing absolutely nothing, preferably being surrounded by nature.
Malavika is a legal researcher at Nyaaya and she has always wanted to be part of a movement to promote accessible and practical information to the common man. She has always relied on music as her constant support while keeping in mind the huge list of TV series and animes out in this World. She has always approached every problem by overthinking it, but manages to solve it at the end of the day. She is also a part of an independent artist label and management collective promoting independent music in India.
Mustafa is a pass out of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. At Nyaaya, he keeps himself busy in breaking down complex laws into simplest form, ensuring they are understandable to all. He firmly believes in action oriented research in law and follows the same in all his legal endeavours. When not at the Nyaaya office, he can be found engaging with people on the streets, discussing movies, poetry, and ways to save the world.
By day, Shonottra is a Legal Researcher for Nyaaya, and by night, she sleeps. She is a recent LLM graduate from Trinity College Dublin, who aspires to make a difference in the development sector. Hence, Nyaaya! She’s a sidekick to the superheroes (content writers) in getting the right information to you, in the simplest of terms. She believes she’s saving the world by helping simplify one law at a time. And yes, she also believes in fairies!
Sumeysh identifies himself as a social justice lawyer, and has an LLM in Human Rights from SLS, Pune. He’s the first point of contact for feedback and for collaborations. He feels that one of the hazards of his job is the constant exposure to social media, which has done irreparable damage to his attention span, and filled his head with random, obscure knowledge! If Nyaaya were a rock band, Sumeysh would be the drummer, working in the background, but making the most noise.