Chitra Subramaniam

Chitra Subramaniam

Chitra Subramaniam

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Chitra Subramaniam is an Indian journalist famous for uncovering the Bofors scandal.

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She was born in Sindri, India. She was educated at Lady Sri Ram College (Delhi University) with a Bachelors in English Literature and received her Masters in journalism from Stanford University, California, USA. She is married with two children and lives in Geneva with her husband Dr. Giancarlo Duella.


She was based in Geneva in 1987 working for The Hindu. Working out of Switzerland and Sweden, she got hold of the 300-plus documents which showed that the Swedish arms manufacturer, Bofors, had paid massive kickbacks to Indians, including the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and others for the gun deal. For nearly one year she investigated the scandal, and sent back reports regularly to The Hindu. Due to political pressure, The Hindu finally ceased publication of her story and Chitra resigned and went to the Indian Express.

For her work she has received several journalism awards including the prestigious B.D. Goenka Award and the Chameli Devi Award. She is the author of several books, including; India is for Sale, a New York Times, best seller.

In 1997, Chitra Subramaniam was invited by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway to be part of her campaign team for the post of Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The campaign was successful. Dr. Brundtland was elected as head of the WHO...
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