|Profession(s)||Software Engineer, Journalist, Co-founder of Alt News|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Black (Half Bald)|
|Date of Birth||28 April|
|Age (as of 2022)||Not Known|
|School||Prakash Higher Secondary School, Ahmedabad|
|College/University||Bangalore Institute of Technology, affiliated to the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bengaluru, Karnataka|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor in Engineering Pratik Sinha- LinkedIn|
|Ethnicity||Pratik Sinha’s mother is a Gujarati. She hails from Ahmedabad. His father is a Bengali. My Kolkata – Telegraph India|
|Controversy||Objectionable Tweet Against Lord Ganesha
On 28 June 2022, a Twitter user named Hanuman Bhakt @balajikijaiiin shared Pratik Sinha’s tweet, posted in 2015, in which Sinha had mocked Lord Ganesha and questioned the existence of a man with an elephant head. In the tweet, Hanuman Bhakt accused Sinha of hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu community and urged the Dehli Police to take action against him. Previously, Hanuman Bhakt had highlighted Mohammed Zubair’s 2018 tweet which led to his arrest by the Delhi Police on 27 June 2022 after being booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between religious groups) and 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the IPC. Hanuman Bhakt- Twitter
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Mukul Sinha (human rights activist, lawyer at the Gujarat High Court, co-founder of Jan Sangharsh Manch, politician)
Mother- Nirjhari Sinha (scientist, human rights activist, co-founder of Jan Sangharsh Manch, director of Pravda Media Foundation (the parent company of Alt News))
Note: Mukul Sinha died on 12 May 2014 due to lung cancer.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pratik Sinha
- Pratik Sinha is an Indian software engineer and journalist who is known for being the co-founder of the non-profit fact-checking website Alt News in 2017 along with Mohammed Zubair.
- Growing up in Ahemdabad, Pratik used to visit Kolkata during his summer vacations.
- Pratik Sinha’s parents founded the independent civil rights organisation named Jan Sangharsh Manch in Gujarat to address issues of labour and workers’ rights. The organisation is known for legally representing the 2002 Gujarat violence victims.
- Born to activist parents, Sinha developed political and social acumen at a very early age. In an interview, he said,
I had a childhood where dinner-table conversations revolved around sociopolitical issues. So that was always at the back of my mind.”
- He started his career with Day Begins Engineering Innovations Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru.
- He worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Ubiqtech Software Private Ltd, Bengaluru (2003-2005).
- He was a member of the technical staff at Arada Systems, Bengaluru, from 2004 to 2009. Donning multiple hats at Arada Systems, Pratik worked in various positions like Software Developer, Kernel Engineer, and Manager of the Enterprise Support Group.
- He has also held the position of Senior Software Engineer at Cloudleaf, Inc.
- Thereafter, he moved to the US.
- Later, he relocated to Vietnam, where he started working for the software development company Humbug in Vietnam as a freelancer in 2009.
- He started working as a Technical Coordinator at the multinational software outsourcing organisation InfoNam, Inc., Vietnam, in May 2012.
- In March 2013, after returning to Ahmedabad, where he worked as a Senior Embedded Software Engineer at ReadMe Systems Inc. from August 2013 to February 2014.
- A vocal critic of erstwhile Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Sinha established a Facebook page titled ‘Truth Of Gujarat’ in 2014 after the CBI came out with a charge sheet against various police officers from Gujarat who were found guilty of extrajudicial killings under the instructions of the Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Pratik Sinha- LinkedIn The page was collaboratively established by Sinha and his father after his return to Ahmedabad from Vietnam in March 2013. Soon after his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. The page featured political blogs with an aim to expose the misgovernance of the Gujarat Government and its leaders. The About section of the page reads,
A campaign to stem the subversion of the rule of law, reach justice to the victim.”
- He was intrigued to pursue a career in journalism in 2016 when he documented a march from Ahmedabad to Una which was organised by Jan Sangharsh Manch and Una Dalit Atyachar Ladai Samiti. While talking about the impact of this march on his life during an interview, Sinha said,
I documented the march on social media. That had a lot of impact and I thought, maybe, I should do something media-related. Moreover, I was not all that happy with my engineering career. I felt my work was only benefiting the economically privileged.”
- In February 2017, Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair launched the Alt News website in Ahmedabad to combat the phenomenon of fake news. Initially, Zubair only aided Sinha in running the site and continued his job at Nokia. In September 2018, Zubair finally quit his job at Nokia and became a full-time employee of Alt News. In December 2019, Zubair became a director of the Pravda Media Foundation, the parent company of Alt News.
- Later, Sinha moved to Kolkata, West Bengal, to set up a branch of Alt News.
- Following Zubair’s arrest in June 2022, various media houses falsely reported that his bank account had transactions over Rs 50 lakh in the previous days. To put an end to the false allegations, Pratik Sinha, via a tweet, revealed that the police were linking donations received by Alt News to Zubair.
Fact-check: Absolutely lies. Police is linking donations received by Alt News to Zubair. All the money that Alt News receives goes to the organisations bank and not any individuals. The bank statement of Zubair's personal account of which I have a copy debunks this falsehood. pic.twitter.com/esrmEVpTPp
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) June 28, 2022
- Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair were included in the Peace Research Institute Oslo’s nomination list for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Besides Hindi and English, Sinha can also speak Bengali, but he cannot read or write it.
- In 2018, he received the OSM Inspiration of the Year Award at the Outlook Social Media Awards.
- In 2019, he penned the book India Misinformed: The True Story, along with Dr Sumaiya Shaikh and Arjun Sidharth. The book educated its readers about how to identify the prime movers of fabricated news.