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Barun Sengupta ( bn, বরুণ সেনগুপ্ত) (23 January 1934 – 19 June 2008), the founder-editor of ''
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'' newspaper, was a Bengali journalist and popular political critic. He is remembered for his bold and simple diction of political analyzing that made him extremely well liked among the common readers in
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Life

Son of Nirmalananda Sengupta and Ranibala Devi, Barun Sengupta was born in
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(in present-day
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). Sengupta, along with his family, moved to
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before the
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partition of India
in 1947 and rented a house near Baithakkhana Market in north-central Kolkata. His education started in B.M. School, Barisal. Later he was admitted to Town School, Kolkata. After graduating in commerce from
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, he founded a periodical named ''Bhabikal'' which lasted a few issues. In 1957, he founded another weekly named ''Bartaman'' with the aid of Hemanta Kumar Bose, a popular leader of the political party, Forward Bloc. He joined Anandabazar Patrika in 1960 and became its first designated political correspondent in 1965. During the The Emergency (India), Emergency, he was sent to jail along with another reporter, Gour Kishore Ghosh.The crusade and end of Indira raj by Sudhansu Kumar Ghose - 1978 - Page 19 In 1984, he left Anandabazar Patrika to start his own journal and launched ''
Bartaman ''Bartaman Patrika'' is an Indian Bengali language, Bengali daily newspaper published from Kolkata, West Bengal, India, by Bartaman Pvt. Ltd. Apart from the Kolkata edition, the newspaper has three other simultaneous editions, published daily fro ...
'', a daily, on 7 December that year. For its straightforward and intrepid style, the journal became extremely popular among the common Bengali readers. Later Sengupta launched two more periodicals - ''Saptahik Bartaman'', a weekly and ''Sukhi Grihokon'', a monthly and this time too it was a success. These two journals are now widely read in West Bengal. He wrote several books on India's political situation–''Pala Badaler Pala'', ''Sab Chatitra Kalpanik'', ''Bipak-i-stan'', ''Andhakarer Antaraley'' and ''Netajir Antardhan Rahasya'' being some of them. One of his controversial book "Indira Ekadashi" was based on the 11-year tenure (1966-77) of Indira Gandhi as the Prime Minister of India. He died in a south Kolkata nursing home after a brief illness.


Further reading

* ''Barun Sengupta Rachana Sangraha'' (Collected Works of Barun Sengupta in Bengali language, Bengali), Ananda Publishers Pvt Ltd, Kolkata - 700009


References


External links

* News of Sengupta's Death and a short biography from The Telegraph

* News of Sengupta's Death from Indian Express

* Biography of Barun Sengupta from Yahoo News

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