Abhijit Iyer-Mitra: News

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is a Defence Analyst and Strategic Affairs expert. A prominent commentator on Foreign Policy, Iyer-Mitra has an active social media presence and often features on television news debates. Mitra did his BCom from the University of Madras and has a Master’s in International Relations from Monash University, Australia. He has worked with organizations like Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico; Stimson Center in Washington; and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi. He specializes in defense economics, defense technology, and defense procurement. In October 2018, Mitra was arrested by the Odisha administration over his allegedly derogatory tweets on the state’s Jagannath Temple and the Konark Sun Temple. He was released after 43 days in prison when the cases against him were withdrawn by the Odisha Government. Some claimed his association with ex-BJD leader Baijayant Panda made him a victim in the political crossfire between the latter and the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

10 Feb 2020

India Today

#NewsBytesExclusive: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra on Shaheen Bagh and Gunja Kapoor episode

The Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act should not have been "allowed" to go on for so long, feels Defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra.

24 Apr 2019


#NewsBytesExclusive: Defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra talks about treason-case against Facebook

Facebook has been accused of interfering in elections in several countries and at the time of our Lok Sabha elections, the social media giant is facing a tough time in India.

02 Mar 2019


#NewsBytesExclusive: Defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra on the latest India-Pakistan episode

While the India-Pakistan relations have always been strained, a series of latest events triggered by the Pulwama attack escalated tensions between both the countries.

07 Dec 2018


Abhijit Iyer-Mitra walks out of Odisha jail after 43 days

Delhi-based defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra walked out of an Odisha jail on Thursday after he was arrested for hurting Odia sentiments.

05 Dec 2018


Abhijit Iyer-Mitra granted bail after Odisha govt drops charges

A day after the Odisha government decided to drop charges against journalist and defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, an Odisha court has granted him bail.

02 Dec 2018


Jailed for 'hurting sentiments', journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra admitted to hospital

Defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who was arrested by Odisha police in October, was moved to Capital Hospital in state capital Bhubaneshwar, a report claimed.

27 Oct 2018


Rasogolla-comment or hurting sentiments? Here's why journalist Mitra was arrested

The Odisha Police on Saturday said Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was arrested not for his Twitter post on 'rasogolla', but for hurting the sentiments of the Odia people, among other reasons.

25 Oct 2018


#FreeSpeech: Why should we support Abhijit Iyer-Mitra?

Because jokes and satire offended many in Odisha, defense analyst and writer Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is lodged at Jharpada Jail of the state.

05 Oct 2018


Supreme Court's comments in Abhijit Iyer-Mitra case don't bode well

On Thursday, the Supreme Court denied bail to defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who was arrested last month over comments about Odisha's Konark temple that were allegedly derogatory.

20 Sep 2018


Detained for 'derogatory-comments' on Konark Temple, defense expert gets bail

Writer and defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was given conditional bail by Saket Court till September 28, after Delhi police detained him on Thursday.