Arijit Sen reports from the conflict zones of Northeastern India and bordering regions, as the Senior Special Correspondent for CNN-IBN, India's leading 24 hour news channel.
Arijit has been a journalist since 1999, specializing in political economy, rural development and governance. Since 2007, he shifted focus to armed conflict, militancy and secessionist movements, reporting exclusively from the 8 states comprising India’s North Eastern frontier. Arijit's extensive travels in the region include special reports from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura as well as forays into the porous India-Bangladesh border, Myanmar and Bhutan.
His reports include extensive coverage of Indian General elections, the Dalai Lama's visit to the Tawang Monastery (Arunachal Pradesh) as well as an award winning news documentary on extra-judicial 'fake' encounters in Manipur (September 2009). In March 2010 he was one of the first journalists to be given exclusive access to a Naga militant training camp: one of Asia's oldest insurgencies.
His bold reportage from this highly militarized zone has received media recognition: most recently, the News Television Award for Best News Documentary (2010) and the Ramnath Goenka award for Excellence in Journalism (2008-9).Before the northeast assignment Arijit was with the prestigious Political Bureau of CNN-IBN in New Delhi. Arijit is fluent in 4 languages and speaks basic conversational Nagamese. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from Calcutta University.