Famous Indian Journalists

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Find out more about the greatest Indian Journalists, including Fareed Zakaria, Barkha Dutt, Arnab Goswami, Arun Shourie and Rajdeep Sardesai.
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Fareed Zakaria
(Journalist, Political Commentator, Author and Host of the Show ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’)
Fareed Zakaria
11
Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist, author, and political commentator. He has been serving as an editor-at-large for Time and editor for Newsweek International. He has also been serving as a columnist for Newsweek. His show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which he hosts for CNN, has won a Peabody Award

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Prannoy Roy
(Journalist)
Prannoy Roy
13
Birthdate: October 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolkata

Apart from being a legendary journalist, Prannoy Roy is also a psephologist, a chartered accountant, and an economist. Initially known as the anchor of The World This Week, he later co-established NDTV. Known for his extensive reports on political issues, he has won awards such as the Leverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship.

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Arun Shourie
(Politician, Journalist, Writer)
Arun Shourie
6
Birthdate: November 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jalandhar

One of the most prominent political and current affairs commentators in India, Arun Shourie first gained fame with his anti-Emergency articles in the Indian Express in the 1970s. Once a World Bank economist, he has also won the Padma Bhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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 4 
Gauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)
Gauri Lankesh
14
Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Died: September 5, 2017

The daughter of Kannada poet P. Lankesh, Gauri Lankesh began her career as a journalist for The Times of India. She also worked as an editor of Lankesh Patrike. Later, she was known for her firebrand left-wing activism against Hindutva and was eventually shot dead by three men near her Bengaluru home.

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Barkha Dutt
(News presenter, Author, Journalist)
Barkha Dutt
17
Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Barkha Dutt is an Indian journalist and author. She is best known for her association with The Washington Post and The Hindustan Times where she works as an opinion columnist. Dutt achieved national recognition in 1999 for covering the Kargil War between India and Pakistan. Barkha Dutt is the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Padma Shri.

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Bal Thackeray
(Politician, Journalist, Painter)
Bal Thackeray
13
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: November 17, 2012

Legendary Indian politician Bal Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray, was the patriarch of one of the most influential political families of India and the founder of the Shiv Sena. He went from being a cartoonist to the godfather of Maharashtra, though his overtly regional and Hindu nationalist ideals were often criticized.

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Aroon Purie
(Chairman of Living Media)
Aroon Purie
8
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Lahore

Padma Bhushan-winning journalist Aroon Purie is the founder of the India Today group and was the Reader's Digest editor-in-chief. The LSE-educated journalist was dragged into a controversy when he was found to have plagiarized part of Grady Hendrix’s article on Rajinikanth. He is also the father of Bollywood actor Koel Purie.

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N. Ram
(Journalist)
N. Ram
3
Birthdate: May 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai

Part of the Kasturi family that manages The Hindu Group, N. Ram has been the MD of the group in the past. The Padma Bhushan awardee has also penned books such as Riding the Nuclear Tiger and has previously represented Tamil Nadu, his home state, in the Ranji Trophy cricket matches.

 9 
Ravish Kumar
(Journalist)
Ravish Kumar
17
Birthdate: December 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jitwarpur, Bihar, India
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Rohit Sardana
(News Anchor)
Rohit Sardana
9
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
Died: April 30, 2021
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R. Sarathkumar
(Actor, Politician, Journalist)
R. Sarathkumar
4
Birthdate: July 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Delhi

Initially a bodybuilder, R. Sarathkumar had won the Mr. Madras University title. After stints as a Dinakaran journalist and a travel business owner, he grew up to be the Supreme Star of Tamil movies, with films such as Ragasiya Police, and later also became an MP and launched his own party.

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Khushwant Singh
(Novelist, Lawyer, Journalist & Politician)
Khushwant Singh
5
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hadali, British India (now in Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan)
Died: March 20, 1999

Known for his bestselling book Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh was a reputed lawyer, politician, and journalist. He was also known for his widely popular column With Malice towards One and All, which was featured in many Indian newspapers. His post-colonial writings mirrored his wit and sarcasm.

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Shekhar Gupta
(Journalist, Author)
Shekhar Gupta
6
Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo

Former editor-in-chief of The Indian Express, Padma Bhushan-winning journalist Shekhar Gupta is also the founder of the online publication ThePrint. Known for his political journalism and his weekly column National Interest, he also hosted Walk The Talk on NDTV for 15 years. He has penned books such as India Redefines Its Role.

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Arnab Goswami
(journalist)
Arnab Goswami
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Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guwahati

Arnab Goswami is an Indian journalist and news anchor. He is serving as the editor-in-chief and managing director of Republic Media Network which he launched in 2017. Goswami achieved national recognition when he served as the news anchor of ET Now and Times Now between 2006 and 2016. He has also been subjected to criticism, including accusations of opinionated reporting.

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Nidhi Razdan
(Journalist, television personality who joined NDTV in 1999 and worked till June 2020 for twenty one years)
Nidhi Razdan
9
Birthdate: April 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jammu and Kashmir, India

Known for her firebrand anchoring on NDTV 24x7, journalist Nidhi Razdan is the daughter of former PTI editor-in-chief Krishan Razdan. She made headlines when she claimed to have been fooled by a phishing attack and made to believe that she had secured a teaching job at Harvard.

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Sucheta Dalal
(Journalist)
Sucheta Dalal
2
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
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Harsha Bhogle
(Indian Cricket Commentator and Journalist)
Harsha Bhogle
3
Birthdate: July 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Widely known as the voice of Indian cricket, Harsha Bhogle has revolutionized Indian cricket commentary and been associated with ESPN since its early days in India. The IIM-A graduate also owns a sports-consultancy firm with his wife and has penned several books such as The Winning Way.

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Sudhir Chaudhary
(Indian Media Personality and Journalist)
Sudhir Chaudhary
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Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hodal, Haryana, India

Sudhir Chaudhary is an Indian media personality and journalist. He is the current consulting editor of the popular Hindi-language news channel, Aaj Tak. Previously, he held important positions in WION, Zee News, and Zee Business. In 2013, Chaudhary was honored with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for hosting an exceptional interview with the friend of a gang-rape victim.

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Abul A'la Maududi
(Philosopher)
Abul A'la Maududi
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Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
Died: September 22, 1979

Islamic scholar and philosopher Abul A'la Maududi was born into an elite Aurangabad family. He grew up to be fundamentalist who believed Islam should be free of Western influences and launched the Jamaʿat-i Islami. Though an important figure in Pakistani politics, he was also imprisoned for a while for opposing the government.

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George Fernandes
(22nd Defence Ministers of India, Minister of Railways (1989-1990))
George Fernandes
5
Birthdate: June 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mangalore, India
Died: January 29, 2019

Born into a staunch Mangalorean Catholic family, George Fernandes initially wanted to be a priest. Known as the Giant-killer for defeating S.K. Patil in his first Lok Sabha election, he later held important ministries such as Defense and Railways, and even formed his own party, the Samata Party.

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Kalki Krishnamurthy
(Former Writer who founded a magazine, which was also named Kalki)
Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manalmedu, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 5, 1954

Ramaswamy Krishnamurthy, better known by his pseudonym Kalki, is remembered for his immense contribution to Tamil literature, which included his short stories, novels, and novellas. His social novel Alai Osai won him a Sahitya Akademi award. He also used the pseudonym Karnatakam to write as a film and music critic.

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Sagarika Ghose
(Author, Journalist)
Sagarika Ghose
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Birthdate: November 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi

Renowned journalist Sagarika Ghose was an Oxford Rhodes scholar before she joined media giants such as The Times of India and CNN-IBN. Apart from being the daughter of Indian civil servant and theater personality Bhaskar Ghose, she is also the wife of popular journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

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Varsha Bhosle
(author, journalist)
Varsha Bhosle
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Nagpur
Died: October 8, 2012

Apart from being the daughter of legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle’s daughter, Varsha Bhosle was also a singer and journalist in her own right. She wrote for The Times of India and The Sunday Observer, among other publications. Four years after a failed suicide attempt, she shot herself to death.

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Prakash Belawadi
(Journalist)
Prakash Belawadi
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Film and theater actor Prakash Belawadi was born to theater artiste parents and thus grew up to follow in their footsteps. The Pratibha Bhushan-winning actor has been part of many Kannada and Hindi films, such as Airlift and Soorarai Pottru. He is also a qualified mechanical engineer.

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Irom Chanu Sharmila
(Poet, Journalist)
Irom Chanu Sharmila
5
Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Imphal

Gwangju Prize-winning human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, made international headlines with her 16-year hunger strike to urge the Indian government to repeal the AFSPA Act. She later married British citizen Desmond Coutinho and is now a mother to twin daughters.

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François Gautier
(French-born Journalist Who is Based in India & Advocates for an 'Indigenous Aryan' Narrative)
François Gautier
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

François Gautier is a French-born journalist who is currently based in India. He is best known for serving as the South Asian correspondent for many publications like Journal de Geneve and Ouest-France. He has also contributed as a columnist for publications like The New Indian Express. In 2003, Gautier was honored with the Bipin Chandra Pal Award for his work. 

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Tavleen Singh
(author, political journalist, journalist)
Tavleen Singh
5
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Mussoorie

A leading columnist for The Indian Express and India Today, Tavleen Singh has also been a reporter for leading publications such as The Statesman, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. A firebrand political commentator, too, she has also penned books such as India's Broken Tryst and Lollipop Street.

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Rajat Sharma
(Chairman and Editor-in-chief of India TV.)
Rajat Sharma
10
Birthdate: February 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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Vinod Dua
(Journalist)
Vinod Dua
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Birthdate: March 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
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Nayantara Sahgal
(Journalist, Writer)
Nayantara Sahgal
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Birthdate: May 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allahabad
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning author Nayantara Sahgal is the granddaughter of Motilal Nehru and the niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. Her works include 9 novels, including the award-winning Rich Like Us, and 10 non-fiction books. She has also received the Doon Ratna from Dehradun, where she has lived for decades. 
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Karan Thapar
(Journalist)
Karan Thapar
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Birthdate: November 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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Rajdeep Sardesai
(News presenter, Author, Cricketer, Journalist)
Rajdeep Sardesai
10
Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gujarat

The son of former Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai, Rajdeep Sardesai had an elite education, first at St. Xavier’s and then at Oxford. Initially a promising college cricketer, he later stepped into journalism and worked with NDTV and India Today. The firebrand journalist has also won numerous awards such as the Padma Shri.

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Vijay Tendulkar
(Indian Playwright, Essayist, Screenwriter and Journalist)
Vijay Tendulkar
3
Birthdate: January 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kohalpur, India
Died: May 19, 2008

Apart from his 28 full-length plays, renowned dramatist Vijay Tendulkar had also penned many short stories and a novel. Apart from winning the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, he also won a National Award for penning the screenplay of the Shyām Benegal film Manthan.

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Shobhaa De
(Journalist, Writer, Socialite, Model)
Shobhaa De
5
Birthdate: January 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Apart from being a bestselling novelist and a popular columnist, Shobhaa De is also former model and a prominent socialite. The founder of the magazine Stardust, she writes regularly for publications such as The Times of India and Asian Age and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in India.

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Teesta Setalvad
(Author, Journalist)
Teesta Setalvad
3
Birthdate: February 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai

Social activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad is best known for establishing the Sabrang Trust, aimed at peace-building after the 1992 Mumbai riots, and the CJP, aimed at seeking justice for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims. The Padma Shri awardee has also successfully obtained 117 convictions against the Gujarat rioters.

Shereen Bhan
3
Birthplace: India

Shereen Bhan began her career as Karan Thapar’s news researcher. The journalist now heads CNBC-TV18 as its managing editor. She has anchored several popular shows such as Young Turks and India Business Hour and has won honors such as the FICCI Woman of the Year Award.

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M. J. Akbar
(Minister of External Affairs of India)
M. J. Akbar
9
Birthdate: January 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Initially part of the Indian National Congress, politician M. J. Akbar later joined the BJP. A leading journalist, too, he founded The Asian Age. The former Rajya Sabha MP and external affairs minister was dragged into a controversy when he lost a #MeToo defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani.

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Siddharth Varadarajan
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Birthdate: 1965 AD

The founding editor of The Wire and the former editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan was educated at the elite LSE and Columbia University. He has also received the Shorenstein Journalism Award, among other honors, and has held faculty positions at the New York University and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Madhu Trehan
(Indian Journalist & Founder of Digital Media Portal 'Newslaundry')
Madhu Trehan
2
Birthplace: India

Madhu Trehan is an Indian journalist best known for co-founding a digital media portal named Newslaundry where she also works as the editor-in-chief. She is also credited with founding the popular news magazine, India Today. In 1986, Madhu Trehan earned a reputation as a pioneer of investigative journalism when she produced and anchored India's first video news magazine, Newstrack.

Rahul Kanwal
12
Birthplace: Nashik

One of the most popular journalists of India, Rahul Kanwal is known for his anchoring on Zee News and Aaj Tak. He later rose to the position of the news director of the India Today group. The Newstrack presenter has also won multiple awards, such as 2 ITA awards.

Gollapudi Maruti Rao
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vizianagaram, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
Died: December 12, 2019

Gollapudi Maruti Rao is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of Telugu literature and cinema. Initially a journalist with Andhra Prabha, he later also acted in plays and worked for All India Radio. He has won multiple Nandi Awards, both as an actor and as a screenwriter.

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Palagummi Sainath
(Indian Journalist and Author of the Book 'Everybody Loves a Good Drought')
Palagummi Sainath
2
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning journalist and the celebrated author of the book Everybody Loves a Good Drough, Palagummi Sainath mostly focuses on poverty and social inequality. He is also the man behind the People's Archive of Rural India and has also won honors such as Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize.

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Homai Vyarawalla
(India’s First Woman Photojournalist)
Homai Vyarawalla
2
Birthdate: December 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Navsari, Gujarat, India
Died: January 15, 2012
Homai Vyarawalla, better known as Dalda 13, created history as India’s first female photojournalist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning photographer had initially released her photos under the initials of her husband, M.J.V., the renowned photographer Manekshaw Vyarawala. Mostly found in crisp khadi sarees, she documented Indian politics accurately.
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Lindsay Anderson
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Journalist, Character actor, Theatre director)
Lindsay Anderson
2
Birthdate: April 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: August 30, 1994

An Oxford graduate, Lindsay Anderson had initially launched the film magazine Lindsay Anderson. He later became a celebrated director and even won an Academy Award for the documentary Thursday’s Children. A pioneer of the Free Cinema and the British New Wave movements, he also acted in minor roles.

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Tarun Tejpal
(Journalist, Writer)
Tarun Tejpal
3
Birthdate: March 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jalandhar

Once the editor-in-chief of Tehelka, which was known for its high-profile sting operations, Tarun Tejpal had started his career as an Indian Express journalist. He also penned the best-selling novel The Alchemy of Desire, but his career hit a downward spiral after he was accused in a sensational sexual assault case.

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Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
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Birthdate: March 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panipat, Haryana, Punjab British India
Died: June 1, 1987
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Swapan Dasgupta
(Journalist, Columnist)
Swapan Dasgupta
3
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolkata

Prominent Indian right-wing journalist and politician Swapan Dasgupta is one of those rare people who propagate Hindu nationalism through English newspapers. The Padma Bhushan winner has also been a Rajya Sabha MP and has penned books such as Awakening Bharat Mata. He has also worked for his family business, the Calcutta Chemical Company.

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Mohammad Ali Jauhar
(Indian Muslim Activist and One of the Founders of 'The All-India Muslim League')
Mohammad Ali Jauhar
2
Birthdate: December 10, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: January 4, 1931

Mohammad Ali Jauhar was an Indian Muslim activist, journalist, poet, and freedom fighter. After starting his career by writing articles for major Indian and British newspapers, Mohammad Ali went on to become one of the founders and an important member of the All-India Muslim League. His life and career inspired a 1984 documentary film titled Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar.

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P. N. Oak
(Author, Journalist)
P. N. Oak
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Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Indore
Died: December 4, 2007

Indian author P. N. Oak is best remembered for his Hindu-centric historical revisionism that stated Christianity and Islam both evolved from Hinduism. He also stated that the Taj Mahal was once a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. His most-talked-about books include Tajmahal: The True Story and Who Says Akbar Was Great.

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Javed Siddiqui
(Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist)
Javed Siddiqui
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Birthdate: January 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: India

One of the best-known screenwriters of Indian cinema, Javed Siddiqui had worked with the stalwarts of the Indian film industry, such as Satyajit Ray and Yash Chopra. The two-time Filmfare winner had penned dialogues for blockbusters such as Umrao Jaan and Baazigar. A part of IPTA, he had penned plays, too.