A pundit is a person who offers to mass media their opinion or commentary on a particular subject area (most typically political analysis, the social sciences, technology or sport) on which he or she is knowledgeable (or can at least appear to be knowledgeable), or considered a scholar in said area. The term has been increasingly applied to popular media personalities.[1] In certain cases, it may be used in a derogatory manner as well, as the political equivalent of ideologue.


The term originates from the Sanskrit term pandit (paṇḍitá पण्डित), meaning "knowledge owner" or "learned man".[2] It refers to someone who is erudite in various subjects and who conducts religious ceremonies and offers counsel to the king and usually referred to a person from the Hindu Brahmin caste but may also refer to the Siddhas, Siddhars, Naths, Ascetics, Sadhus, or Yogis(rishi).

From at least the early 19th century, a Pundit of the Supreme Court in Colonial India was an officer of the judiciary who advised British judges on questions of Hindu law. In Anglo-Indian use, pundit also referred to a native of India who was trained and employed by the British to survey inaccessible regions beyond the British frontier.[3]

Current use in the United States

Josef Joffe's book chapter The Decline of the Public Intellectual and the Rise of the Pundit describes a change in the role of public experts and relates to developments in the audience and the media itself.[4] One of the problems related to expertise is the rapid amount of specialisation and knowledge, especially strong in the American universities. While in the 1960s, political science had just 5 subdisciplines, the number had increased to 104 by 2000. In the second half of the 20th century, foreigners like Hannah Arendt or Jürgen Habermas and others gained a certain position in the US as public intellectuals due to the (over)specialization of US academics.[5]

A pundit now combines the roles of a public intellectual and has a certain expertise as a media practitioner. Pundits may be regarded as more shallow and superficial from a university perspective. The intellectual dimension might and should be challenged. But they play an increasing role in disseminating ideas and views in an accessible way to the public.[6] From Joffe's view, Karl Marx in Europe and e.g. in the US, Mark Twain were early and relentless pundits ante festum.[4] In addition, the growing role of think tanks and research institutions like the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute provided a place for those dealing with 'big issues' in public language.[4]

The derogatory use as a talking head has been entered in Urban Dictionary. The judge in the David Westerfield trial in San Diego in 2002 referred to pundits as well as "talking heads": "The talking heads are doing nothing but speculating about what the jury may or may not be thinking".[7]

Punditry has become a more popular vehicle in nightly newscasts on American cable news networks. A rise of partisanship among popular pundits began with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel. His opinion-oriented format led him to ratings success and has led others, including Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, and Nancy Grace to express their opinions on matters on their own programs.[8]

At the same time, many people who appear as pundits are recognized for having serious academic and scholarly experience in the subject at hand. Examples are pundits Paul Krugman, who received a Nobel Prize in Economics, and Stephen Biddle, who received U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Medals in 2003 and 2006.

In sports commentating, a "pundit" or color commentator may be partnered with a play-by-play announcer who will describe the action while asking the pundit for analysis. Alternatively, pundits may be asked for their opinions during breaks in the play.

See also


  1. ^ "UN.org". UN.org. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  2. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pundit" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 649.
  3. ^ "pundit, n." in Oxford English Dictionary
  4. ^ a b c Josef Joffe, “The Decline of the Public Intellectual and the Rise of the Pundit,” in Arthur M. Melzer and Richard M. Zinmann, The Public Intellectual, Between Philosophy and Politics 2003, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, p. 109–22.
  5. ^ POSNER, Richard A.; Posner, Richard A. (2009-06-30). Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, With a New Preface and Epilogue. Harvard University Press. p. 4-5. ISBN 9780674042278.
  6. ^ Dahlgren, Peter (2013). The Political Web: Media, Participation and Alternative Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 9781137326386.
  7. ^ Dillon, Jeff, and Steve Perez. "Judge denies defense motion to sequester jury," San Diego Union-Tribune, August 15, 2002. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Cable rantings boost ratings". Usatoday.Com. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
Alan Hansen

Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool team of the late '70s and '80s, and for Scotland. As a football pundit, Hansen is known for his outspoken views, particularly on teams' defensive performances, frequently criticising what he believed was "diabolical" or "shocking" defending. He made his name as a pundit on Match of the Day from 1992 to 2014.

Asian Correspondent

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BT Sport

BT Sport is a group of sports television channels provided by BT Consumer; a division of BT Group in the United Kingdom and Ireland that was launched on 1 August 2013. The channels are based at the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. BT Sport is available on the BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media television platforms in the UK and Sky, Eir TV and Vodafone TV in the Republic of Ireland.

BT Sport holds exclusive live UK and Republic of Ireland TV rights to 46 Premier League matches per season, all Australia's home cricket matches, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UFC, National League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, the FA Community Shield, the FA Trophy and the European Rugby Challenge Cup, the Premiership Rugby Cup, MotoGP, and the FIH Hockey World League. They are also the official broadcast partner of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Premiership Rugby. BT Sport also holds shared rights to the FA Cup with the BBC, the Scottish Professional Football League with Sky Sports and BBC Alba. In 2015, BT Sport launched their showcase service in SD and in HD in 2017. The SD service closed on 9 May 2017 and the HD service in 2018.

BeIN Sports

beIN Sports ( BEE-in) is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group. Its Chairman is Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and its CEO is Yousef Al-Obaidly. beIN currently operates channels in the Middle East & North Africa, France, Spain, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.

In France, where beIN Sports was launched for the first time, holds the rights to broadcast major football tournaments, including Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and the European Football Championship. In Spain operated by Mediapro, holds the rights to La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, from July 2015.

In the United States and Canada, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey (excluding the final), CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, Copa Libertadores and Football League Championship matches and Real Madrid TV, in addition to the major motorcycle road racing championships (MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica). It launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish), in August 2012, followed by a full channel in Canada, on 31 January 2014.

In Indonesia, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast La Liga (until 2019), Ligue 1, Serie A (2013-2016, return in 2018), Football League Championship (2013-2016), Football League Cup (2013-2016), Süper Lig (starts 2017-18 season), A-League (starts 2017-18 season), FFA Cup (starts 2017 season), Superliga Argentina (from 2016-17 season), Copa Argentina (from 2016-17 season), KNVB Cup (from 2017-18 season), CAF World Cup Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League (2015-2018), UEFA Europa League (2015-2018), Bundesliga (2013-2015), Major League Soccer (MLS), and with MP & Silva partnership broadcasting Premier League until 2019, in addition to the major racing championships (DTM (2013, return in 2016) and World Rally Championship (starts 2017 season) and more. In Malaysia, beIN Sports offers comprehensive coverage of European Football Leagues including La Liga, Ligue 1 and more.

In Hong Kong, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Football League Championship (2013-2016), Football League Cup (2013-2016), A-League (starts 2017-18 season), FFA Cup (starts 2017 season), Superliga Argentina (from 2016-17 season), Copa Argentina (from 2016-17 season), KNVB Cup (starts 2017-18 season), UEFA Champions League,UEFA Europa League and more. In Thailand, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Premier League (until 2019), La Liga (until 2019), Serie A, Ligue 1, MLS, UEFA Champions League (2015-2018), UEFA Europa League (2015-2018), Süper Lig (starts 2017-18 season), A-League (starts 2017-18 season), FFA Cup (starts 2017 season), Superliga Argentina (from 2016-17 season), Copa Argentina (from 2016-17 season), KNVB Cup (starts 2017-18 season) and more.

In Australia, the channel was launched in late November 2014, following the acquisition of Setanta Sports Australia which was rebranded as beIN Sports. beIN Sports Australia holds the rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League (2015-2018), UEFA Europa League (2015-2018), EFL Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa Libertadores and RBS Six Nations. On 14 March 2016, beIN Sports Australia expanded from one to three channels, all in HD, and as of 15 May 2016 has been made available to all Foxtel sport pack subscribers, rather than the original add-on cost for a single SD channel. Fetch subscribers still only have access to beIN Sports 1, which is an add-on cost each month.

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Color commentator

A color commentator or expert commentator is a sports commentator who assists the main commentator, often by filling in any time when play is not in progress. The phrase "color commentator" is primarily used in American English; the concept may also be referred to as a summariser (outside North America) or analyst (a term used throughout the English-speaking world). The color analyst and main commentator will often exchange comments freely throughout the broadcast, when the main commentator is not describing the action. The color commentator provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy, and injury reports on the teams and athletes, and occasionally anecdotes or light humor. Color commentators are often former athletes or coaches of the sport being broadcast.


A commentator is a person who comments or expresses an opinion on a subject.

Commentator or commentators may refer to:

Commentator (historical) or Postglossator, a member of a European legal school which arose in France in the fourteenth century

Commentator (horse) (foaled March 27, 2001), American Thoroughbred racehorse

The Commentator, Ibn Rushd or Averroes (1126-1198), an Andalusian philosopher

"The Commentators", a 1985 UK parody single by the impressionist Rory Bremner

The Commentator, a political news and comment website published by Robin Shepherd

Oregon Commentator, formerly a student publication at the University of Oregon

Sports commentator, someone who gives a running commentary of a sports game or event

Color commentator, an expert who provides analysis and background information during a sports event

Pundit, one who offers to mass media their opinion or commentary on a particular subject area

Someone who offers biblical commentaries

Someone who wrote commentaries on Aristotle

Crossfire (U.S. TV program)

Crossfire is an American nightly current events debate television program that aired on CNN from 1982 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2014. Its format was designed to present and challenge the opinions of a politically liberal pundit and a conservative pundit.

In 2013, after eight years off the air, a new version of Crossfire re-launched on September 9. The panelists for the new edition of Crossfire were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and political commentator S. E. Cupp representing the right with political consultant Stephanie Cutter and advocate Van Jones representing the left. The version was last broadcast in July 2014 and officially cancelled later that year.

Dhurakij Pundit University

Dhurakij Pundit University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยธุรกิจบัณฑิตย์; RTGS: maha witthayalai thurakit bandit, pronounced [mā.hǎː.wít.tʰā.jāː.lāj tʰú.rá.kìt bān.dìt]; thurakit translates to "business", bandit to "scholar") is a university in Bangkok, Thailand. Founded as Dhurakij Pundit College in 1968, and upgraded to university status in 1984, it is one of the larger Thai private universities. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the university's nine faculties, the graduate school, and the international college.

Hinduism in Trinidad and Tobago

Hinduism is the second largest religion in Trinidad and Tobago. Hindu culture arrived in 1845 in Trinidad and Tobago. In the 21st century, pro Hindu parties were elected. In the 2011 census, There are 240,100 declared Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago. There are also various temples in Trinidad and Tobago to accommodate Hindus.


Indo-Caribbeans are Caribbean people with roots in the Indian subcontinent. They are mostly descendants of the original jahaji indentured workers brought by the British, the Dutch and the French during colonial times.

Most Indo-Caribbean people live in the English-speaking Caribbean nations, Suriname, and the French overseas departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique, with smaller numbers in other Caribbean countries and, following further migration, in Europe and North America.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (; Hindi: [ˈdʒəʋaːɦərˈlaːl ˈneːɦru] (listen); 14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was a freedom fighter, the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence. He emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and served India as Prime Minister from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964. He is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state: a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. He was also known as Pandit Nehru due to his roots with the Kashmiri Pandit community while Indian children knew him as Chacha Nehru (Hindi, lit., "Uncle Nehru").The son of Motilal Nehru, a prominent lawyer and nationalist statesman and Swaroop Rani, Nehru was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister. Upon his return to India, he enrolled at the Allahabad High Court and took an interest in national politics, which eventually replaced his legal practice. A committed nationalist since his teenage years, he became a rising figure in Indian politics during the upheavals of the 1910s. He became the prominent leader of the left-wing factions of the Indian National Congress during the 1920s, and eventually of the entire Congress, with the tacit approval of his mentor, Gandhi. As Congress President in 1929, Nehru called for complete independence from the British Raj and instigated the Congress's decisive shift towards the left.

Nehru and the Congress dominated Indian politics during the 1930s as the country moved towards independence. His idea of a secular nation-state was seemingly validated when the Congress, under his leadership, swept the 1937 provincial elections and formed the government in several provinces; on the other hand, the separatist Muslim League fared much poorer. But these achievements were severely compromised in the aftermath of the Quit India Movement in 1942, which saw the British effectively crush the Congress as a political organisation. Nehru, who had reluctantly heeded Gandhi's call for immediate independence, for he had desired to support the Allied war effort during World War II, came out of a lengthy prison term to a much altered political landscape. The Muslim League under his old Congress colleague and now opponent, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had come to dominate Muslim politics in India. Negotiations between Congress and Muslim League for power sharing failed and gave way to the independence and bloody partition of India in 1947.

Nehru was elected by the Congress to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, although the question of leadership had been settled as far back as 1941, when Gandhi acknowledged Nehru as his political heir and successor. As Prime Minister, he set out to realise his vision of India. The Constitution of India was enacted in 1950, after which he embarked on an ambitious program of economic, social and political reforms. Chiefly, he oversaw India's transition from a colony to a republic, while nurturing a plural, multi-party system. In foreign policy, he took a leading role in the Non-Aligned Movement while projecting India as a regional hegemon in South Asia.

Under Nehru's leadership, the Congress emerged as a catch-all party, dominating national and state-level politics and winning consecutive elections in 1951, 1957, and 1962. He remained popular with the people of India in spite of political troubles in his final years and failure of leadership during the 1962 Sino-Indian War. In India, his birthday is celebrated as Bal Diwas (Children's Day).

Kashmiri Pandit

The Kashmiri Pandits (also known as Kashmiri Brahmins) are a Saraswat Brahmin community from the Kashmir Valley, a mountainous region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri Pandits originally lived in the Kashmir Valley before Muslim influence entered the region after which large numbers converted to Islam. They are the only remaining Kashmiri Hindu community native to Kashmir.

Kennedy (commentator)

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (born September 8, 1972) (referred to mononymously as Kennedy) is an American political commentator, radio personality, former MTV VJ, the host of Kennedy on the Fox Business Network. Kennedy occasionally hosts Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily late-night alternative-rock program Alternative Nation throughout much of the 1990s.

Matt Le Tissier

Matthew Paul Le Tissier (; born 14 October 1968) is a football television presenter and former professional footballer. He represented England at international level. He works as a football pundit for Sky Sports and is the honorary president of Guernsey F.C..

Le Tissier spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and won eight caps for the England national team before turning to non-League football in 2002; his loyalty garnered special affection from Southampton's fans who nicknamed him "Le God".A creative attacking midfielder with exceptional technical skills, Le Tissier is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton behind Mick Channon and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990. He was the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the Premier League. He is notable for his record at scoring penalty kicks – converting from the spot 47 times from 48 attempts – and is considered one of the greatest ever from the 12-yard spot.Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panelist on the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. In 2011, he became honorary president of Guernsey F.C., for whom he briefly registered as a player in May 2013 to help with the club's fixture congestion.

Michael Barone (pundit)

Michael D. Barone (born September 19, 1944) is an American conservative political analyst, historian, pundit and journalist. He is known for being the principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, a highly detailed reference work on Congress and state politics; it has been published biennially by National Journal since 1972. The Almanac has been called "definitive and essential for anyone writing seriously about campaigns and Congress." Barone is also a regular commentator on United States elections and political trends for the Fox News Channel. In April 2009, Barone joined the Washington Examiner, leaving his position of 18 years at U.S. News & World Report. He is based at the American Enterprise Institute as a resident fellow. He has written numerous books and essays on American political and demographic history.


Pandit (Sanskrit: पण्डित, translit. paṇḍita; also spelled pundit, pronounced ; abbreviated as Pt. or Pdt.; Panditani or Panditain can refer to a female pundit or the wife of a pundit) is a Brahmin scholar or a teacher of any field of knowledge in Hinduism, particularly the Vedic scriptures, dharma, Hindu philosophy, or secular subjects such as music. He may be a Guru in a Gurukul.

In Sanskrit, states Monier Williams, Pandit generally refers to any "wise, educated or learned man" with specialized knowledge. The term is derived from paṇḍ (पण्ड्) which means "to collect, heap, pile up", and this root is used in the sense of knowledge. The term is found in Vedic and post-Vedic texts, but without any sociological context. In the literature of the colonial era, the term generally refers to Brahmins specialized in Hindu law.The related term Purohit refers to a house priest.

Ramkali Sadu

Ramkali Sadu (ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਸਦੁ) is a composition present in Guru Granth Sahib on ang 923/924, composed by Baba Sundar, in Ramkali Raga. The composition has 6 stanzas. Sadu literally means Call (ਸੱਦਾ).

This narration tells Sikh attitude towards physical death of a Gurmukh.

It also narrates events of succession of Gur Ram Das over Gur Amar Das.

Stewart Robson

Stewart Ian Robson (born 6 November 1964) is an English former football player and TV and radio football pundit. He played for Arsenal, West Ham United where he was their player of the season in 1988, and Coventry City. After his footballing career ended he took on a role as a TV and radio pundit for Arsenal TV until 2012, TalkSPORT and currently as BT Sport's Italian football co-commentator.

The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit is an American far-right news and opinion website. It has been described as a fake news website. It was founded after the 2004 United States presidential election, according to its founder, Jim Hoft, to "speak the truth" and to "expose the wickedness of the left". It came to prominence in 2016 for its favorable coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and was later granted press credentials in the Trump White House. The website is known for publishing falsehoods and spreading hoaxes.The Gateway Pundit expanded from a one-person enterprise into a multi-employee operation that is supported primarily by advertising revenue. During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the site received over a million unique visitors per day. The Gateway Pundit is often linked to or cited by Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, as well as the Drudge Report, Sarah Palin, and other well-known conservative people and media outlets.

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