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Chandan Mitra (Bengali: চন্দন মিত্র) (born 12 December 1955) is an Indian journalist, presently editor and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper in Delhi. He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha during August 2003 to August 2009. He was elected to another term in the Rajya Sabha, as a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Madhya Pradesh, in June 2010.

Chandan Mitra
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1954-12-12) 12 December 1954 (age 64)
Howrah, West Bengal
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress (2018-)
Other political
Bharatiya Janata Party (2010 -2018)
Spouse(s)Shobori Ganguli
ChildrenTwo sons
FatherMonindra Nath Mitra
ResidenceSainik Farms, New Delhi
EducationB.A. (Hons.) in Economics, M.A.(History), D.Phil.
Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Delhi, Delhi University and Oxford University

Personal lifeEdit

Mitra was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, where he was awarded the Founder's Gold Medal in 1971[citation needed]. He was a batchmate of Swapan Dasgupta and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta at La Martiniere, and all three went up to St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, together. At St. Stephen's, Mitra and Shashi Tharoor were to become great friends and Mitra even became campaign manager for Tharoor's successful campaign to become President of the college's student union.[1] Mitra received an MA and M.Phil in History at Delhi University as well. He taught for a short while at Hansraj College.

In 1984, he was awarded a doctorate degree at Oxford University, where he was a member of Magdalen College, for the thesis "Political mobilisation and the nationalism movement in India – a study of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 1936-1942" written under supervision of the noted Indian historian Tapan Raychaudhuri[citation needed]. Mitra is married to Shobori Ganguly.[citation needed]


Mitra started in journalism as Assistant Editor with The Statesman in Kolkata before he moved to the Times of India in Delhi and then The Sunday Observer; he went on to become Editor of the paper, and later moved to the Hindustan Times as Executive Editor. Mitra left to join The Pioneer as Editor, and eventually bought control of the newspaper from the Thapar family in 1998 when industrialist L. M. Thapar decided to cut his losses.[2]

In July 2013 he made a controversial remark at the renowned economist Amartya Sen,[3] but soon regretted it.[4] He contested the 2014 General Elections on a BJP ticket from Hooghly constituency. He stood third and had to forfeit his deposit.[5]


  1. ^ "A Confessional Tale of Elusive Elections". Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. ^ Editor steps in to save The Pioneer, The Times Of India, 12 May 1998. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ "Strip Amartya Sen of Bharat Ratna, says Chandan Mitra". The Hindu. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ PTI (26 July 2013). "Chandan Mitra regrets remarks against Amartya Sen". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ NDTV. 21 July 2018 Mitra Former BJP Lawmaker Joins Trinamool At Mega Kolkata Rallylast=NDTV Mitra Former BJP Lawmaker Joins Trinamool At Mega Kolkata Rallylast=NDTV Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)