Mrinal Pande

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Mrinal Pande
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Born (1946-02-26) 26 February 1946 (age 69)
Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
Occupation Hindi story writer, editor, columist, essayist
Years active 1967-present

Mrinal Pande (born 1946) is an Indian television personality, journalist and author, and till recently chief editor of Hindi daily, Hindustan. She left Hindustan on August 31, 2009. She was appointed chairperson of Prasar Bharati, the official apex body[clarification needed] of Indian broadcast media. This appointment came on January 23, 2010.[1] She was replaced by Dr. A. Surya Prakash as chairperson of Prasar Bharati.[2] She also hosts a the weekly interview show Baaton Baaton Mein on Lok Sabha TV.

She is the daughter of the Hindi novelist Shivani.[3]

Earlier she worked for Doordarshan and STAR News. She has also written a few short stories. She was the editor of the popular women's magazine Vama from 1984-87.


Pande was born in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh. She studied initially at Nainital and then completed her Master's degree from Allahabad University.[4] Later on she studied English and Sanskrit literature, Ancient Indian History, Archeology, Classical Music and the Visual Arts at the Corcoran in Washington DC. Her first story was published in the Hindi weekly Dharmyug, at the age of 21. Since then she has been consistently writing, apart from working in media, both television and press.

She spent several years on the National Commission for Self-Employed Women, inquiring into the conditions for rag-pickers, vegetable sellers and domestic help.


  • Devi, Tales of the Goddess in our time; 2000, Viking/Penguin.
  • Daughter's Daughter, 1993. Penguin Books.[5]
  • That Which Ram Hath Ordained, 1993, Seagull Books.[6]
  • The Subject is Woman, 1991. Sanchar Publishing House, New Delhi.
  • My Own Witness, New Delhi, Penguin, 2001, ISBN 0-14-029731-6.

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