San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Canada-India Centre for Excellence
at Carleton University
the 2016 Dhahan Lecture
"Understanding India in transition"
Mr. Shekhar Gupta
Mr. Shekhar Gupta
Shekhar Gupta is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, a prolific columnist with the highly influential column National Interest, and a senior prime-time anchor at NDTV - India's leading English news channel.
Previously, Shekhar was with the Indian Express and the Express Group of publications where he concluded a 19-year stint as Editor-in-Chief and led the country’s largest network of award-winning journalists. He was also an editor with India Today.
Shekhar hosts ‘Off the Cuff’ and ‘Walk the Talk’ on NDTV – which see him in conversation with a eminent guests. Past guests have included Indian and global influencers including PM Modi, Michael Bloomberg, Kevin Rudd (Australia), Nandan Nilekani, Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank), Travis Kalanick (Uber), Ashton Carter (US), and many others.
During a 38-year career, Shekhar has reported on key Indian and international events, including the Nellie massacre in Assam, Operation Blue Star, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War from Baghdad, the first “jihad” in Afghanistan, and the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North.
Shekhar’s awards and honours include the 1984 American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) fellowship at Tufts University and The New York Times; the 1985 Inlaks award for young journalist of the year; the GK Reddy Award for journalism (1987); the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration 2006; and the Padma Bhushan in 2009. Under his leadership, the Indian Express won the Vienna-based International Press Institute’s Award for Outstanding Journalism in the Public Interest thrice.