Chandra Bhan Prasad was born in a PasiDalit family of village in Azamgarh district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Both his parents were illiterate, but the family had sufficient agricultural land.
He went to JNU, for his MA in International Politics, and enrolled for a Ph.D, which he did not complete.
Chandra Bhan Prasad got involved in student politics during his BA studies and joined the CPI [ML] party. Since then, he has moved to the right end of the spectrum, supporting neoliberalism and free market economics. He now denounces "the left", saying, "They have a hatred for those who are happy." He encourages dalits to move to cities to lead a new life.
He started writing a weekly column titled Dalit Diary in 1999 for The Pioneer, an English daily with a limited circulation in Delhi and Lucknow. A compilation of all of the articles in this column from 1999-2003 has been published as a book of the same name.