Sourav Mishra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sourav Mishra
Native name
ସୌରଭ ମିଶ୍ର
Born (1979-07-01) 1 July 1979 (age 39)

Sourav Mishra (Odia: ସୌରଭ ମିଶ୍ର (saurabh mishra), born 1 July 1979) is an Indian journalist[1] and artist.[2] As a Reuters journalist he was one of the first witnesses and victim of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a three-day rampage in which more than 164 people lost their lives.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Mishra was with friends at Leopold Café when the terrorists opened fire on 26 November 2008. The café, a popular joint in South Mumbai, was one of the first locations to be targeted by the gunmen.[11] Mishra received severe bullet injuries below his left shoulder and was taken to St. George's Hospital before being moved to a private hospital. His name also appeared in the state government's initial list of the dead, which was later withdrawn.[12]


Mishra began his career as a development worker in the southern districts of Jharkhand state influenced by Deep Joshi of PRADAN. He worked with Down To Earth, a science and environment magazine, which focuses on grass-root issues. He also published[13] a seminal paper along with Sunita Narain, director of the Centre for Science and Environment. The paper has often been cited by industry experts and was also discussed by policymakers for inclusion in the National Commission on Farmers report and was instrumental in government increasing cotton prices by 40 percent to prevent farmer suicides .[14] A bio-terrorism expert, Mishra has also shared his expertise during talks[15] at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Analyses, India's research body of the army.

Mishra has done some grass root innovations in water conservation, maize cultivation and small-scale irrigation for local farmers in southern districts of Jharkhand, along with members of International Water Management Institute[16] He along with other pioneers introduced System of Rice Intensification in many parts of Jharkhand and Orissa at a grassroot level.[17]

He had previously worked with The Times Group, The Statesman and The Indian Express, reporting on economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2004, Mishra along with journalists Satya Nayak, Subhanker Behera and business person Sanjay Hans launched India First[18] news weekly which was his only entrepreneurial venture so far. Mishra and Nayak are no more a part of the venture. Mishra is an artist and specialising in renaissance and modern art forms. His most famous painting is 'Sorrow of Mumbai' now preserved at Reuters News's Mumbai office.[19]

Mishra is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Banaras Hindu University.


  1. ^ "26/11 set him on the painting path". The Times of India. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Bullet restored his belief in city". The Times of India. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Multiple attacks in Mumbai leave at least 78 dead". PBS. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Mumbai Gunmen Kill 80, Western Hostages Taken". 27 November 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  5. ^ Quinn, Ben (27 November 2008). "My friend said to me 'don't be a hero, don't say you're British'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Tourist Sites Hit in Deadly Mumbai Attacks". 26 November 2008. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Brit tycoon killed in Mumbai attacks". The Sun. London. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  8. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (27 November 2008). "'Put your hands up if you are British,' gunmen tell terrified travellers". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Mayhem in Mumbai: Terrorist attacks claim at least 80 lives; hundreds taken hostage". Dawn. 27 November 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  10. ^ "80 dead in Mumbai's night of terror". The News International. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.[dead link]
  11. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (27 November 2008). "Terrorists run amok in Mumbai". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Scribe wakes up to find himself in the dead list". The Times of India. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  13. ^ Subsidising suicides | Cost of liberalisation | Agenda. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "IDSA Weekly Fellows Seminars". Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ Singh, Vijay (November 27, 2010). "Bullet restored his belief in city". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2015.