Smita Gupta, Senior Fellow

Smita Gupta was until recently Associate Editor with The Hindu based in Delhi.

In a journalistic career spanning 38 years, she has covered all major political parties, the Prime Minister's Office from 1989 to 2014, Parliament from 1986 to the present day, and general and State elections from 1984 onwards, especially in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Gujarat. This has been punctuated by ground reports from the country's hotspots -- civil rights violations in Kashmir, communal riots in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, caste conflicts in Bihar, anti-Christian violence in Kandhmal, Orissa, people's agitations against forcible acquisition of land in Nandigram, West Bengal and State-Maoist clashes in Dantewada, Chattisgarh. Her special interests lie in the interplay between communal politics and identity politics in the Hindi heartland, the growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the changing face of the Congress.

She has worked with several newspapers: starting out as a feature writer/ sub editor at the Hindustan Times, Delhi and Indian Express, Mumbai, she eventually became a full time correspondent and opinion page writer based in Delhi, first with the Mumbai-based The Indian Post and subsequently, The Independent, before joining the news bureaus of The Times of India and finally, The Hindu. She was also Political Editor at Outlook, a newsmagazine, and has written occasionally for the Economic and Political Weekly.

She has won several awards for her work: they include the Pran Chopra Award for Political Reporting (2014), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)/Press Institute of India award for reporting on Bastar for Outlook Magazine (2010) and the The People’s Union for Civil Liberties award for coverage of Meerut riots in 1987 and human rights violations in Kashmir in 1990 (1991).

She was a Reuter Fellow [currently called the Reuters Insitute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) Fellow] at Oxford University in 1992-'93. During her year at Oxford, she wrote a long paper, The emergence of the Far Right in West Europe (with special focus on France’s Front National, Belgium’s Vlaams Blok, Italy’s Lega Nord and Austria’s Freitheitliche Partei Osteriche) under the supervision of Dr. Martin H. Conway, currently Professor of Contemporary European History, Balliol College. In addition she presented several papers there on Indian politics, especially on Kashmir and the BJP. She has contributed chapters in academic books on the BJP, the politics of Uttar Pradesh and Parliament.

She holds an M.A. degree from Delhi University.

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