Anirban worked for Hindustan Times in Uttar Pradesh, before joining DH in 2001. After reporting on politics, militancy and ethnic conflicts in the North-East, he went to London for a journalism fellowship at the University of Westminster and an internship in The Independent. After moving to Delhi in 2008, he has been writing on diplomatic and strategic affairs. He reported from London, New York, Beijing, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Tehran, Islamabad and Kathmandu. He also covered polls in Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh.