Prabir Purkayastha Age, Wife, Family, Biography

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Age: 74 Years
Hometown: Delhi
Wife: Githa Hariharan

Prabir Purkayastha

Known forBeing the founder and editor-in-chief of the news website NewsClick
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 9" (175 cm)
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1950
Age (as of 2024)74 Years
BirthplaceDelhi, India
HometownDelhi, India
College/University• Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Prayagraj
• Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
• School of Language at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Educational Qualification(s)• Master’s Degree from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Prayagraj
• Master's Thesis from Indian Institute of Technology [1]
ControversyArrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA)
The Delhi police arrested Prabir Purkayastha on 3 October 2023 in relation to a case pending against his news website NewsClick under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The police officials dealing with the case revealed that NewsClick had allegedly received Rs. 38 crore from agencies having links with China for pro-China propaganda. While Rs. 29 crore were allegedly received as fees for export services, Rs. 9 crore were received as FDI through inflating share prices.
Prabir Purkayastha in police custody
Prior to Prabir's arrest, raids were carried out by the police at the homes and offices of journalists, authors, academics, and contributors working with NewsClick. The police seized the phones and laptops of all the employees, contributors, and consultants of the news portal.
Prabir Purkayastha being questioned by media in relation to a Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case against his website NewsClick
On 17 August 2023, a case was registed against the news website NewsClick under Sections 13, 16, 17, 18 and 22 of the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Sections 153A and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police following a report released by the New York Times. According to the report, NewsClick had received funds from a network with links to China to promote pro-China propaganda. On 14 May 2024, the Supreme Court said that his arrest was invalid, and he was entitled to be released from custody.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAshoka Lata Jain [2]Jamhoor
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife: Ashoka Lata Jain (rumoured) [3]Jamhoor
An old picture of Prabir Purkayastha and Ashok Lata Jain
Second Wife: Githa Hariharan (an author)
Prabir Purkayastha and his wife Githa Hariharan
ChildrenSon- Pratik (from his second wife Githa Hariharan)
ParentsFather- Name Not Known
Mother- S Purkayastha

Prabir Purkayastha

Some Lesser Known Facts About Prabir Purkayastha

  • Prabir is known for his advocacy for scientific initiatives within the domains of power, telecommunications, and software. In 2023, he made the headlines after he was arrested by the Delhi Police under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly receiving funds from US billionaire Neville Roy Singham to promote pro-China content on his website.
  • During his college years, he was actively involved in student politics and once went to jail during the Emergency in a case of mistaken identity. He was trying to stop the students from attending classes at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, when some police officials dressed in casuals came searching for Devi Prasad Tripathi and instead arrested Prabir as he looked very similar to Tripathi.
  • While studying in college, Prabir developed an interest in writing and began writing articles on various issues.
  • Prabir Purkayastha started his career as a corporate employee.
  • In 2002, Prabir, along with Vijay Prashad, penned the book Enron Blowout: Corporate Capitalism and Theft of the Global Commons.
  • He has also co-authored the book Uncle Sam’s Nuclear Cabin (2007).

    Prabir Purkayastha's book- Uncle Sam's Nuclear Cabin

    Prabir Purkayastha’s book- Uncle Sam’s Nuclear Cabin

  • In 2009, when he was working as a consultant in a company, he got the idea of starting up a news website. Simultaneously, he worked on the idea and rented a small room, from where he started his news venture NewsClick.

    Prabir Purkayastha delivering a speech at an event

    Prabir Purkayastha delivering a speech at an event

  • In 2021, Prabir collaborated with Indranil and Richa Chintan to edit the book Political Journeys in Health: Essays by and for Amit Sengupta.
  • He is one of the co-founders of the Delhi Science Forum.
  • According to some sources, Prabir was once associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). [4]The Telegraph
  • As per some sources, Prabir is a patient of hypertension, diabetes, and asthma.