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|Born||West Bengal, India|
|Education||Loyola School, Jamshedpur
St Michael's High School, Patna
St Xavier's College, Kolkata.
|Title||Editorial Director, Niti Digital|
Journalist and columnist
Born to East Bengali refugee parents, Kanchan Gupta was raised in Jamshedpur and Patna where he attended missionary schools. He later moved to Kolkata where he studied English literature, political science and economics at St Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta.
In 1982, he joined The Telegraph as a sub-editor on the news desk, where he learned editing from M.J. Akbar. In 1987, he was invited to join The Statesman by the paper's then-editor, Sunanda K. Datta-Ray. He became the youngest Assistant Editor in The Statesman’s history.
A year later, in December 1995, he gave up full-time journalism to concentrate on a public career and began to assist L.K. Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in their parliamentary work. As an official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) when the NDA came to power, he worked in close association with National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra on foreign affairs and security issues. He was the PMO’s representative on the National Security Advisory Board. Due to his close relationship with the BJP he is know to have written many articles in favor of them.
As part of the Government’s public diplomacy initiative in Arab countries, and to engage and influence opinion-makers and the intelligentsia in the Middle East, Kanchan Gupta was sent to Egypt as director of the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture in Cairo. He held this post till the summer of 2004, when he returned to India and to journalism, and accepted a position as Associate Editor of The Pioneer, now edited by Chandan Mitra.
In June 2012 he joined Niti Digital, a new digital media initiative, as Editorial Director.
Kanchan Gupta writes on national and regional politics, international affairs and security issues. His weekly column, Coffee Break, appears in The Pioneer every Sunday. He writes a weekly column for the popular Mumbai daily, Mid Day. He occasionally writes for The Jerusalem Post  and does occasional commentary for Australian radio . He participates in Indian television programs on political and national security issues.   .
An ardent and vocal advocate of free speech and a staunch opponent of censorship, Kanchan Gupta has written extensively in support of, and campaigned for, exiled Bangladeshi poet Daud Haider, who now lives in Berlin, and exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin.
Widely travelled, Kanchan Gupta is the recipient of several fellowships, grants and lecture invitations from public institutions in Canada, the United States, Germany, Israel, Taiwan and China (where he addressed the first China-India Development Forum in 2010). He is among the few Indian journalists to have visited Tibet. He was selected by the American Jewish Committee for a Project Interchange seminar in Israel. He has been honoured with the Ben Gurion Award for promoting India-Israel relations. He has addressed seminars at a host of universities and think tanks. He has visited countries in the Maghreb and Mashrek; Africa; and the Caribbean. He has visited Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka on professional assignments. As an aide to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he attended the UN's historic Millennium Summit.
Kanchan Gupta, guided by the principles and philosophy of the Brahmo Samaj in his personal life, is partial towards Hindustani classical music, Rabindra Sangeet, Jazz and Blues. He lives in India’s National Capital Region with his wife and two daughters.