Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta () (born 3 October 1955) is a senior conservative Indian journalist who was the managing editor of India Today weekly until 2003. He has 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. Along with Arun Shourie and Ashok Malik he is widely credited for breaking the left liberal stagnation in the Indian intellectual establishment.

Early life

Swapan Dasupta was born in Calcutta to Rekha and S.C.Dasgupta, an industrialist known for running Calcutta Chemicals Ltd. He was educated at La Martiniere College in Calcutta, where he was a contemporary of Chandan Mitra's and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta's, and went on to do a BA degree in History at St. Stephen's College, Delhi. He then went to London to do a MA and PhD in History at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).

His 1979 PhD thesis at SOAS was titled "Local politics in Bengal, Midnapur District". He was later a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, for which he received the INLAKS Scholarship.


Returning to India in 1986, he started off his journalism 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.

Mr. Dasgupta is a highly regarded journalist of English media. He...
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