Chandan Mitra

Chandan Mitra is the Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer. He is also a Rajya Sabha member.

A Colossus moves on

Friday, 17 Aug 2018 | Chandan Mitra | in Today's Newspaper

To describe him as a Titan would be an understatement. Apart from all his achievements — politician, Prime Minister, poet, coalition-maker, nation-builder, statesman — Atal Bihari Vajpayee was above all a magnificent human being; romantic at heart with nerves of steel. He towered over his compatriots which is probably why...

Bharat’s Ratna

Saturday, 27 May 2017 | Chandan Mitra | in Others

KPS Gill gave a one-line mantra to his boys: Kill before they kill you If there is one person in contemporary history who truly deserved the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, it was Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, the icon of India’s war on terrorism in Punjab. He pulled the frontier...

Man of Destiny

Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 | Chandan Mitra | in Today's Newspaper

The epoch-making scale of the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh has reinforced the notion that the Modi Era has trampled all obstacles underfoot. For the BJP, whatever Prime Minister Narendra Modi touches today seems to turn to gold, like that of a modern-day Midas. But is it only the mesmerising...

Muslims will split their vote, or will they?

Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 | Chandan Mitra | in Today's Newspaper

Azamgarh: In corporate terminology, it may well be described as the Golden share, whose value is unequally high to ensure that in a division of votes, the holder of this one share decides the outcome. Some have described this voting trend as tantamount to an electoral veto — which ensures...

The lure of Modi Sarkar for UP

Monday, 27 Feb 2017 | Chandan Mitra | Gorakhpur | in Today's Newspaper

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the BJP pulled off a phenomenal victory in UP, winning 73 of 80 seats. For a change, caste factors took a back-seat and the only hawa (wind) that prevailed was the Modi factor. Full three years later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charismatic appeal is...

In East UP, B-S-P is enough no more

Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 | Chandan Mitra | in Today's Newspaper

Gorakhpur: There was a time, not many years ago, when universal electoral slogans in north India revolved around Bijli-Sadak-Pani or (B-S-P). It was widely believed that the party credibly promising to provide these three basic needs would have a head-start in the polls. If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won successive...

Jaya, Jaya, He!

Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 | Chandan Mitra | in Others

She spelt charisma in every sense and enigma in every footstep. It was impossible not to be mesmerised in her presence. Despite her populist policies and affection for the downtrodden, Ms Jayalalithaa Jayaram exuded class. Although she rarely interacted in person with the so-called hoi-polloi, they adored her to distraction. Covering...

India strikes terror

Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | Chandan Mitra | in Edit

On the eve of the auspicious day of Mahalaya, which marks the end of the Shradh period and start of Devi Paksha, India successfully targeted terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and smashed at least half a dozen of them, killing many terrorists and destroying their military equipment. Devi Paksha...

Aamir, you’ve hurt India

Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | Chandan Mitra | in Others

Film actor Aamir Khan is undoubtedly a contemporary Indian icon. He has played heart-tugging roles in many sensitive and realistic movies that mirror our society, reflecting people’s aspirations, joys and sorrows. Therefore, his hyperbolic remark on Monday claiming that his wife recently asked him whether the family should relocate out...

Naga Accord: A triumph of Modi’s grand vision

Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 | Chandan Mitra | in Today's Newspaper

The accord signed in Delhi between the major section of Naga insurgents, namely NSCN(IM), and the Government of India is not just a ceasefire agreement aimed at bringing temporary reprieve to the long-disturbed State. The accord, framework for a final settlement, marks a paradigm shift in New Delhi’s approach to...


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