Pinaki Bhattacharya

Senior defense correspondent

Pinaki Bhattacharya is a senior defence correspondent with one of the premier Indian news dailies published from New Delhi, India. He has been writing on Indian strategic security issues for more than a decade in various newspapers and specialized journals of the country. His area of interest in defence is network-centric warfare and the Revolution in Military Affairs of the Indian armed forces.

Born in October, 1963, Bhattacharya graduated from Rajendra Prasad School of Communication, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Journalism in 1987. Earlier, he had also graduated with Honours in his Bachelor for Commerce from Kolkata University.

Soon after he joined India’s premier economic news daily, The Economic Times and was sent to the state of Rajasthan as a correspondent in charge of the state. He covered 2600 kms of the state during the 1991 general elections focusing on the issues that featured in the polls and the people who contested.

Returning to Delhi in 1992, Bhattacharya began covering the Ministry of External Affairs of the government of India during the especially tumultuous period at the end of the Cold War. He was witness to many seminal changes in contemporary Indian history, like the course change from a planned, socialistic economic pattern to a market-dominated economic scale. He also wrote on how the country, after a few rudderless years, shifted from being a Soviet Union ally to courting the United States.

In 2001, Bhattacharya shifted to his home base in Kolkata, West Bengal as a correspondent covering the state, the insurgency-struck north eastern states, Nepal and Bangladesh. This is a particularly newsy time of the region as in West Bengal, the longest serving Left government began undertaking course changes in the post-Soviet , new Left mode. In north east, while peace prevailed for most of the years of the period of eight years Bhattacharya spent there, it was an uneasy peace as newer ethnic groups sought to establish their rights. Nepal witnessed a major change in the royalty being overthrown by a Maoist insurgent group that came into the Contitutional path. Bangladesh was wracked by Islamist radicalism and an unstable state structure.

In 2007, Bhattacharya was awarded a fellowship by the East West Centre, Hawai’i and visited China. He is now working on a book to design a template for the Indo-US relations on the basis of the Sino-US relations.

He returned to New Delhi in early 2009, and walked straight into a general election that could decide the course of the country for the next few decades or so.