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Pran Chopra Late of Political Analyst and Former Chief Editor, the Statesman

Pran Chopra was born in Lahore in 1921, and began his lifelong career in journalism there in 1941, in the Civil and Military Gazette. Since then he has been War Correspondent for All-India Radio (AIR) in China and Vietnam (mid-1940s); Guest Commentator with the United Nations (1950); Chief News Editor, AIR (1950s); Parliamentary Commentator for AIR and the Statesman group of newspapers (mid-1950s to early 1960s); Resident Editor of The Statesman, Delhi (early 1960s); Deputy and then Chief Editor of the Statesman group (till the late 1960s); Editorial Director of the Press Foundation of Asia (1970s); and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (1980s and early 1990s). Since then he has been a freelance journalist and writer.

He has written, edited or contributed to over a dozen books, including The Indian Parliament: A Comparative Perspective (2003); Political Parties and Party Systems (Sage 2003); Scene Changes in Kashmir, India and Pakistan (2003); India: The Way Ahead (1998); India, Pakistan and the Kashmir Tangle (1994); Future of South Asia (1986); Contemporary Pakistan: New Aims & Images (1983); Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s: If I Am Assassinated . . . (1979); India’s Second Liberation (1973); Before and After the Indo-Soviet Treaty (1971); The Challenge of Bangla Desh: A Special Debate (1971); Uncertain India: A Political Profile of Two Decades of Freedom (1968); Studies in Indian Democracy (1965); and On an Indian Border (1964).