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Abhijit Iyer Mitra

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Abhijit Iyer Mitra
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Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
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Alma materUniversity of Madras,
Monash University
  • Defence Analyst
  • Political commentator

Abhijit Iyer Mitra is an Indian Defence economist and a Security analyst. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abhijit is the son of VS Chandralekha, a former civil servant.[2]

He received B.Com from the University of Madras and a Masters's Degree in International Relations from the School of Political & Social Inquiry at Monash University.[3]


Abhijit Iyer-Mitra’s research focuses on defence issues, specialising in defence economics, technology and procurement, nuclear dynamics, military transformation, defence planning, infrastructure, governance and Historical Patterns of Conflict in Democracies. He also deals with governance issues and non-traditional security threats. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Stimson Center, Washington, DC. He was a research assistant on several projects under the aegis of the Centre For Muslim Minorities & Islam Policy Studies at Monash (2007-2010). He was a Programme Coordinator of National Security Programme at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.[4][5][1][3]

Abhijit is a prominent member of the homosexual community in India. However, he feels the representatives of the community in India don't properly represent him adding that he has never been discriminated against in India.[6][7] He is also one of the petitioners that seek to recognise same-sex marriages in India under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) and Special Marriage Act (SMA).[8] He argued that Hinduism does not prohibit same-sex marriage and excluding the same from the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 amounts to a violation of their freedom to practice their religion.[6]

He has written for national and international dailies and has several academic publications and books.[9][1]

Comments on Konark Temple[edit]

The Odisha Police arrested him on 23 October 2018 after his allegedly derogatory tweets on the Sun Temple at Konark created a storm in Odisha Assembly and it formed a House Committee to look into the allegations. Mitra argued that he was mocking the rightwing groups who opposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India as antithetical to Hindu culture.[10] Later Orissa High Court granted him bail after the Odisha Government decided not to accord sanctions of his prosecution and withdrew all cases against him citing a lack of intent or malice. He was released from prison on 6 December 2018.[11][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | IPCS". Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "After 43 days in Odisha prison, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra walks free". Hindustan Times. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Author at South Asian Voices". South Asian Voices. Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  5. ONLINE, ORF. "Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | ORF". ORF. Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "mitra-et-al" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Two steps forward, one step back". @GI_weltweit. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  8. "HC fixes for final hearing pleas to recognise same-sex marriages under law – The Leaflet". 2021-10-25. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  9. "Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's Profile | CNN-News18 Journalist | Muck Rack". Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  10. "India's social media satirists are cornered by colonial law". Financial Times. 2018-12-17. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  11. "Odisha govt to withdraw cases against jailed journalist Abhijit Iyer". The Indian Express. 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2023-02-15.

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