Shekhar Gupta is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, an exciting news media start-up. He is a prolific columnist, with the highly influential column National Interest, which is translated into several languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi. He is a senior prime-time anchor at NDTV.
Over the past two decades, National Interest has been regarded as the sharpest, most perceptive analysis of current events as they unfold. These columns were recently collected in the bestselling book, ‘Anticipating India’. Currently, National Interest appears in Business Standard every Saturday.
Shekhar hosts Off the Cuff – an offering from ThePrint – which sees him in conversation with an eminent guest every month. Off the Cuff is telecast on NDTV 24X7 and NDTV Prime at the end of each month. He also hosts “Walk the Talk” on NDTV 24×7 every week. A collection of his news-making interviews will be published soon. He does a second weekly show in Hindi, “Chalte Chalte”, telecast on NDTV India.
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.
In June 2014, Shekhar concluded a 19-year stint at the Indian Express and the Express Group of publications. As Editor-in-Chief, he led the country’s largest network of award-winning journalists.