Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta
স্বপন দাশগুপ্ত
Born (1955-10-03) 3 October 1955 (age 60)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali Hindu
Education St. Stephen's College, Delhi
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of Oxford
Occupation Political analyst, Journalist, Columnist
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Reshmi Dasgupta
Children Soumya Srijan Dasgupta
Website http://www.swapan55.com/

Swapan Dasgupta (Bengali: স্বপন দাশগুপ্ত Shôpon Dashgupto) (born 3 October 1955) is a senior Indian journalist. At various points in his career, he has held senior editorial posts at The Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, The Times of India, The Indian Express and most recently India Today, where he was Managing Editor till 2003. He has been published in The Pioneer, The Telegraph, Dainik Jagran, The Times of India, The New Indian Express, Outlook, The Free Press Journal and several other newspapers and magazines, and is currently a freelance writer for various publications. Over the last decade, he has acquired the fame of being one of the most frequently appearing faces on Indian television. He is seen in all major political debates featured in the English electronic media, and is well known for appearing on NDTV's weekly segment, Politically Incorrect, with Mani Shankar Aiyar. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of Literature and Education in 2015.[1] He has been seen supportive of BJP and its politics.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Swapan Dasupta was born in Calcutta in 1955 into a Bengali family. His father, S.C. Dasgupta, was the Chairman of Calcutta Chemicals, a well-known pharmaceutical company started by his grandfather, the Late K.C. Das. His mother, Rekha (née Sen), was the daughter of the successful barrister Susil Chandra Sen, author of India's first Companies Act, and after whom a road is named (formerly Nandan Road) in the posh locality of South Calcutta. The Sen family is also famous as the erstwhile Zamindars of Guptipara in West Bengal. He was educated at La Martiniere school in Calcutta, where he was a contemporary of Chandan Mitra and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta. He went on to do a BA degree in History at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, standing second in Delhi University. He then went on scholarship to complete his MA in History at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) as well as his PhD. His completed his thesis in 1980, entitled "Local politics in Bengal, Midnapur District".

In 1982 he was appointed Junior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, for which he received the INLAKS Scholarship.


After his brief stint in Oxford, he returned to India in 1986 and started off his journalistic career at The Statesman. He worked in newspapers like The Times of India, The Telegraph and The Indian Express before joining India Today. He currently is a freelancer and resides in Delhi with his wife Reshmi, also a journalist, and son, Soumya.

Dasgupta is a journalist in the English media. He has been appearing constantly on news channels like CNN-IBN,[4] NDTV[5] and Times Now[6] to debate on current issues pertaining to India and international affairs. He has edited a collection of essays: Nirad Chaudhuri—The First Hundred Years. He is a co -participant of the weekly show Politically Incorrect with Mani Shankar Aiyar on NDTV.

Larsen and Toubro Board[edit]

In February 2015, Swapan Dasgupta was appointed on the Board of Directors of Larsen and Toubro as a nominee of the Unit Trust of India.[7] Dasgupta's appointment to this post has given rise to some controversy.[8][9]


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