Sumon K Chakrabarti

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Sumon K Chakrabarti
Sumon K Chakrabarti FootTheBall.jpg
Born 3 November 1977
Nationality Indian
Education City College, Kolkata
Occupation Entrepreneur, Editor, Columnist, Investigative Journalist
Years active 1996–present
Known for Investigation on Bofors scandal

Sumon K Chakrabarti is a former multi-media journalist. Twice nominated as India's best journalist, he quit his 20-year career to follow his life-long passion - Football. In 2016, he launched his startup FootTheBall, which is creating the first social network for football fans globally. It became the top-15 startups in the UberPitch India 2016. At the finals of the event, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick visited New Delhi to meet the team. Over 5,500 startups across 28 cities in India had applied for the UberPitch 2016 challenge[1]

In his career as a journalist, columnist and editor, Chakrabarti has been a member of some path-breaking and game-changing media start-ups in India. He has been a founder member and the Chief National Correspondent of CNN-IBN. Prior to that, he was also the founding member of TheNewspaperToday (India's first online newspaper by the India Today Group). CNN-IBN (now CNN-News18) was catapulted to public consciousness in 2006 with his famous investigation on the Bofors Arms Deal. In 2006, he was nominated for the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award and twice for “Best Indian Journalist of the Year” Indian Television Awards in 2006 and 2009.

In 2014 and 2015, he founded the digital news platform of F7 Broadcast - & also supervised its entire digital brand transition to News World India. In 2016, he co-founded, India's first intelligent news curator. His articles and columns have been published in several international publications including the BBC, TIME and The Daily Beast.


He is one of India's top investigative journalists, with the credit of ‘breaking’ several government corruptions at the highest level. It was his investigative story featuring the report of the Chief Vigilance Commission, India's top vigilance watch-dog, that pointed to corruption at every level in the organization of the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, that started the entire controversy and resultant probe. He broke one of the biggest stories in Indian journalism in January 2006; the story of how the Indian govern,ent had moved to London to defreeze the accounts of Italian middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi, prime accused in the Bofors Arms Deal scam.

As the Chief National Correspondent of India's largest English news network, CNN-IBN, of which he is also a founder employee, Chakrabarti [2] received the Eurasian-Nets Fellowship of 2009 to travel and research on minority issues in France. The research culminated in a full-length paper entitled: ‘Media, Minorities and the Politics of Integration in France.

Chakrabarti was among the only two international journalists allowed in Maldives in 2006 to film the democracy movement for the first time, where he interviewed a wide cross-section of politicians, including Asia's longest ruling leader Mamoon Abdul Gayoom, opposition activists, editors, journalists, intellectuals, human rights activists and police officers.

He moved to CNN-IBN after working for nearly three years with NDTV, India's first English news network. Before that he had worked for leading media houses like India Today (where he was also part of the team that created - India's first e-newspaper), Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), and The Asian Age. Chakrabarti reports on conflicts, politics, governance and government corruption. Specialising on India's Maoists (Naxalites), the insurgency-ridden North-East of India and the violence in Kashmir, he is also considered as a proficient journalist in his reporting on India's neighbours like Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. He has also worked extensively on people internally displaced as a result of political conflicts.

Chakrabarti also writes articles on regional security issues regularly for one of India's leading national news and opinion magazines, The Week. He also writes opinion pieces in leading Indian dailies like The Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express.

His report on "Bangladesh: The Shift in the Balance of Terror in South Asia", published in 2006 International Assessment and Strategy Centre, USA, in many ways put Bangladesh on the global terror map.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Awards and honors[edit]

He was nominated for "Best Indian Journalist of the Year" for the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards (2006) and Indian Television Awards (2008).