Saikat Datta

Visiting Fellow

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Saikat Datta is a Visiting Fellow with ORF's National Security Programme. He has been a journalist for over 19 years as an editor and an investigative reporter with several news organisations. He has been a defence correspondent with The Indian Express, an assistant editor with the Outlook magazine, Resident Editor with DNA, member of the Editorial Board with Zee News and Editor (National Security) with Hindustan Times.

Saikat's investigative reporting has been awarded the International Press Institute award (2007), the Jagan Phadnis Memorial award (2008) and the National RTI award for investigative journalism (2010). His is also the author of India's Special Forces (2013), a seminal book on the history and the future of India's special operations capabilities.He writes regularly in various publications and his research papers have been published by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and the National Security Guards (NSG), among others. He regularly conducts training sessions on hostage rescue operations for Mumbai Police's crack anti-terrorism outfit, Force One. His core areas of research are around counter-terrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity and the use of special forces in strategic roles. He is also a senior fellow with the Internet Democracy Project.


  • National Security
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Special Forces
  • Cybersecurity

Current Position(s)

  • Visiting Fellow, National Security Programme
  • Senior Fellow, Internet Democracy Project

Past Position(s)

  • Defence Correspondent, The Indian Express
  • Assistant Editor, Outlook
  • Resident Editor, DNA
  • Editorial Board, Zee News
  • Editor (National Security), Hindustan Times


  • MA, Journalism and Communication, University of Pune
  • BA, English Literature, Delhi University