Saptarshi Bhattacharya, Senior Coordinator, Administration and Programmes, is a former Chief Sub-Editor and former Chief Reporter of The New Indian Express . He has been a journalist for the past 21 years. He graduated from Tripura University with an Honours in English Literature. As a journalist, he began his journey as a reporter with The Hindu and wrote extensively about Urban Development and the Environment, besides covering local politics. He then switched over to television and had a three-year stint with Aaj Tak, India’s leading Hindi news channel, and Headlines Today. When The Hindu and NDTV joined hands to launch NDTV-Hindu, a local English television channel in Chennai, he was appointed as the Senior Input Editor for the news section.
During his career in television, Saptarshi reported extensively on Tamil Nadu, often undertaking sudden journeys to distant and arduous places. He was chosen as a Fellow by the North East Foundation to do a short study on the impact of conflict on women and children in Tripura. Some of his findings were published in The Hindu .
Saptarshi has also taken active part in the nationwide anti-nuclear campaign that followed the Pokhran II test explosions, and he has represented the movement in international forums like the one organised by Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO.
An avid sports lover, Saptarshi played football for a club in the Chennai football league and is now a licensed grassroots football coach. His areas of interests include environment and forest conservation and political affairs in India in general and Tamil Nadu in particular.