Swapan Dasgupta is a political columnist and public policy analyst with 27 years experience based in New Delhi (India). His columns on contemporary India are published in The Telegraph, Sunday Times of India, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Pioneer, Jagran and Free Press Journal. In addition, he is a regular commentator on politics on Indian TV news channels, NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now and Headlines Today. He has participated in roadshows on India’s political economy hosted by Deutsche Bank Equities and CLSA in Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Educated at La Martiniere College (Kolkata) and St Stephen’s College (Delhi), Swapan Dasgupta was awarded a PhD by the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) in 1980. Subsequently he was elected a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford from 1982 to 1985.
Swapan Dasgupta has occupied important editorial positions in major Indian newspapers and weeklies including Times of India, Telegraph, Indian Express and India Today. He was the London correspondent of Indian Express from 1995 to 1996. He was Managing Editor of India Today until 2003. In addition, he has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Tehelka, The Hindu and New Statesman. A specialist in Indian politics, Dasgupta has been on TV panels in every general election since 1998.