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Popular faces of Indian journalism

Posted on 25 August 2010 by Ritz

Popular faces of Indian journalism

We have seen some of the finest Journalists in TV journalism in the recent times. They have given a different look and feel to the once very monotonous news reading and news channels. Lets have a brief overview

of professional and personal journey of some of our star journalists.

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Dr. Prannoy Roy:

The 60 year old prominent journalist founded the largest private television production house, New Delhi Television (NDTV) in 1988. The president of NDTV is also the Director on board of NDTV Media Limited, NDTV News Limited , NDTV Imagine Limited, NDTV Lifestyle Limited, NDTV Convergence Limited, NDTV Labs Limited, NDTV Investments Private Limited, RRPR Holding Private Limited, Metronation Chennai Television Private Limited, Alliance Lumiere Limited and NGEN Media Services Private Limited. Also, he is a Member of the Shareholder’s Investors Grievance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Born on October 15, 1949, to a Bengali Father and an English mother, he spent his childhood in Kolkata and Dehradun, studying in La Martiniere Calcutta and then in The Doon School, Dehradun. He then received a scholarship to study at the Haileybury, a renowned public school in England. He graduated in economics from The Queen Mary College, The University of London in 1973. He completed his doctorate from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. He worked as chartered accountant for sometime and then for 2 years (1985-1987) he was with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India working as Economic Advisor.

Prannoy Roy, who also is famous writer Arundhati Roy’s cousin, got married to Radhika Roy (Director NDTV, a speech therapist and Brinda Karat’s sister) in 1973 and is father of two children.

One of his most noteworthy contribution is his election analysis, that he does with Vinod Dua. Dua-Roy duo has analyzed every election since 1984. Amongst the myriad of awards he has been acknowledged with, a few are: the B. D. Goenka Award for excellence in Journalism in 1994 and 1995, Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the year award (Media), the Screen Videocon Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998 and the Limca Book of Records -Person of the Year award in 1998.

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Vinod Dua:

Vinod Dua, the anchor, the election analyst, the political commentator, he is one of the most famous and influential personalities Indian Journalism has witnessed. He was born on March 11, 1954. He is from a very humble background with his early days spent in refugee camp in Delhi, but his achievements are not as humble. He graduated in English Literature from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. He completed his Masters in literature from the same university.

He made his debut in Indian television on 27th November 1974, appearing in Yuv Manch, a youth program on Doordarshan. Subsequently he anchored a series of youth programs like Yuv Jan( for Satellite Instructional Television Experiment), Jawan Tarang ( for Amritsar TV). Co-anchoring the election analysis programs on Doordarshan with no prescription kamagra overnight if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link129″).style.display=”none”;} Dr. Prannoy Roy gave him the well deserved breakthrough in his career. He hosted a program called Janvani, which was the first program in the history of Indian television to have allowed direct questions from common man to the politician. He ventured into direction and production business with the current affairs magazine Newsline(first one to be produced and sponsered privately), anchored by eminent journalist M.J. Akbar, and promoted by Ananda Bazar group. In 1987, after working as chief producer in T.V. Today, he started his own production company ‘The Communication Group’ to produce and anchor current affairs programs, budget analyses and documentary films.

Chakravyuha on Zee T.V, Parakh, on Doordarshan, Tasveer-e-Hind on DD3, Chunav Chunauti on Sony Entertainment Television, election analysis on Zee News, Pratidin and Parakh on Sahara T.V. and Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri on Star News have been some of the memorable programs with Vinod Dua’s involvement. As of now he is associated with NDTV, for daily news analysis, election and budget analysis. He also produces a weekly show Zaika India Ka for food enthusiasts.

Vinod Dua was awarded esteemed BD Goenka Award for excellence in journalism in 1996. Dua has been honored with the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008.

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Rajdeep Sardesai:

Rajdeep Sardesai, the editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 24 may,1965. His father,

Dilip Sardesai is a former Indian Test cricketer and mother, Nalini Sardesai, former Head of the Department of sociology, St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. He did his schooling from Cathedral and John Connon School, Campion School in Mumbai. He holds multiple degrees like Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law from University College, Oxford.

He started his Television journalism career as Political Editor in NDTV in 1994 and then later he became the Managing editor of NDTV 24/7 and NDTV India. He came into limelight because of the super hit show ‘The Big Fight’ that he hosted. Later in his career he quit NDTV on April 17, 2007 and founded Global Broadcast News (GBN) in collaboration with CNN and Raghav Bahl’s TV18. Then the channel named CNN-IBN with Rajdeep Sardesai as Editor-in-Chief went live on air. CNN-IBN overtook Channel 7, buying 46 percent stake in the channel. Since then Channel 7 is known by the name of IBN-7. He was conferred with prestigious Padma Shri award in 2008 for his contribution to journalism.

Rajdeep married his colleague, senior editor and anchor at CNN-IBN, Sagarika Ghose in 1994. They met in Oxford University. They are blessed with two children, son Ishan (14) and daughter Tarini (12). His out of domain interest includes cricket and has played for the Oxford University team as

a right-hand batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler.

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Classrooms on YouTube

Posted on 19 August 2010 by sadhan

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Few weeks back one of my close friend Navin shared this interesting story of an One Many Army who has started a unique way to teach millions of people or students through the medium of YouTube channel, and that too totally FREE viagra pill !


His name is Salman Khan and google his name to know more about his ‘Khan Academy

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Popular Faces of Indian Journalism – 2

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Ritz

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Arnab Goswami:
Arnab is one of the most popular news readers and talk show host of contemporary TV journalism. He currently is the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, which was also founded by him. This 36 year old dynamic entrepreneur is basically from Assam but as his father was in army he has stayed all over India. He cleared his Standard 10th board exams from St Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment and his Standard 12th board exams from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Cantonment. He did his graduation in Sociology from Hindu College, Delhi University. Also, he completed his Masters in Social Anthropology from Oxford University (St Antony’s College) in 1994. He became a Visiting Fellow at the International Studies Department at Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex College) where he was a D C Pavate fellow in 2000.

He started with a job in the newspaper, ‘The Telegraph’ in Calcutta and worked their for roughly an year. Later he joined NDTV and covered three general elections and the Jain Hawala case in his 9 and a half years tryst with NDTV. Taking the biggest step in his professional life he launched the news channel ‘Times Now’, which very

soon came in the league of no. 1 news channels in India. Shows anchored by Arnab are The News hour, Frankly Speaking, Versus. 

This guy who believes on news that is “popular and not populist” stretched beyond all limits during the November 2008 Mumbai attack, anchoring the news for 4 days at continuously. He has received Asian Television awards, the Society Young Achievers award for excellence in the field of Media, and Indian News Broadcasting Awards 2008 for Innovative Editor-in-Chief.

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Karan Thapar :
Karan Thapar, the president of Infotainment Television, is a veteran interviewer and television commentator. He was born on 05 November, 1955 in Srinagar. He did his schooling from The Doon School and Stowe School and completed his graduation in Economics and Political Philosophy from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1977. He did his Phd in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

His career in journalism took off with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and in times to come became their Leader Writer on the Indian subcontinent. In 1982 he joined London Weekend Television where he worked for the next 11 years. Subsequently he moved to India and worked with The Hindustan Times Television Group, Home TV and United Television. In August 2001, he set afloat his own company named Infotainment Television, which makes programmes for others BBC, Doordarshan and Channel News Asia.

He has been felicitated with innumerable number of awards.In December 2003, he won both awards in the current affairs category of the Asian Television Awards and he became the first person to do so. He won the ‘The Best Current Affairs Programme’ a record 4 times,  for interviewing Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Khurshid Kasuri, on Court Martial, for his one of the most popular shows on BBC ‘Face to Face’, for his interview with former Indian Law Minister and BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley on Hardtalk India and for interview with Ram Jethmalani “on Devil’s Advocate(CNN IBN). In 2008 Devil’s Advocate received  ‘Best News/Current Affairs Show’ by News Television Awards and Karan got the award for ‘News Interviewer of the Year’ by Indian News Broadcasting Awards. In April 2009 he was honored with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award & was chosen the ‘Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)’.

In his stay in London Karan happened to meet Nisha (a successful banker),whom he married soon. But unfortunately she died of encephalitis in 1991.
Thapar is known for his intense and unnerving interviews with leading politicians and celebrities- like cricketer Kapil Dev(Kapil broke down into tears), George Fernandes, Jayalalithaa, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and The Dalai Lama(The most prominent among all).  He writes a weekly column Sunday Sentiments in The Hindustan Times is very popular among readers.

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Rajat sharma:
Rajat Sharma, the ‘Apki Adalat’ man, as we all know him is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of

India TV, the no. 1 Hindi news channel today. He has dedicated 10 long years in print media working as editor for national publications before he came in the TV journalism business in 1992. In his show ‘Apki Adalat’ ,which has a record of being aired for 16  glorious years(Longest running TV show in India), he has questioned over 500 personalities from every possible field of interest. This show fetched him the Best Anchor felicitation several times, including the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. 
He came up with his own production house to make programmes for Star TV. 

Rajat did his BCom Hons and MCom from Shriram College of Commerce. He also is a part of the management committee of the same college. He also is President of the Indian Scout and Guide Fellowship. He is generic viagra a part of the board of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, IBF.

The able leader has given a new direction to TV journalism and his firm belief on principles like “Credibility fist” has made India TV one of the most viewed news channels in India.

These are the faces from Indian journalism whom almost every Indian relates to and looks up to,  to bring them the news that matters to them, that bothers them. Hope they continue to live up to the trust we have put on them.

I am sure you would love to read the stories of other popular faces of Indian Journalism as well and I promise to continue it by adding more. Those who have missed the part one of it, read also:

Popular Faces of Indian Journalism (TV)

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Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st century on 22nd July 2009

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Sadhan

The total solar eclipse of July 22nd 2009 may be the most viewed solar eclipse. Most of the best viewing opportunities of this total solar eclipse will be in parts of China. However, the path of totality of this solar eclipse will pass through densely populated parts of western, central and eastern parts of India.

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Credit: Jefferson Teng

In IST the eclipse will begin at 5:28am when the shadow of the moon will touch the earth and the total eclipse will end at 10:42am IST when the shadow of the moon will leave the earth at a point in South Pacific Ocean. The umbra of the eclipse will touch the earth at sunrise near Gulf of Khambhat. The path will be 200km wide and duration not more than 3min30 sec. The shadow crossing over Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar enters China before passing out through Japan’s Ryuku Island.

This eclipse will be the longest total solar eclipse lasting 6 minutes 39 seconds.

If you are living in that part of the world where you cannot watch this total solar eclipse, then you can enjoy the magnificence and beauty of this celestial extravaganza at the following links in your desktop.

In India, according to the NASA report, this solar bonanza will be best viewed from Taregana village, 30 kms south of Bihar capital city Patna. More than 1000 years ago, it was in this same village that astronomer Aryabhatta did set up a camp to study the impact of celestial movements. In this small village people from all walks of life have started flocking in.

Scientists are expected to study the impact of this total solar eclipse on

  • Atmospheric ionization.
  • Possibility of asteroids
  • Geomagnetism
  • Animals and avian behavioral changes
  • Microorganisms’ behavior.

These are the following two links of NASA that provides with detailed path of the Total solar Eclipse


And the following is the official 2009 eclipse bulletin page of NASA


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Hillary Clinton’s 5 day India visit

Posted on 20 July 2009 by Sadhan


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Hillary Clinton met with the top honchos of India Inc at the Taj Residency in Mumbai and expressed solidarity with the 26/11 attack victims and assured India that US is with India to put an end to such barbaric act and get the world rid of this gory violence and death. She did recognize Taliban-Qaida link to be a major threat but lot remained unsaid. Besides her views on India-Pakistan ties, Hillary Clinton met the Indian Prime Minister, congress chairperson and agreed on a defense pact that would sell sophisticated American weapons to India. India have signed on “end-use monitoring” agreement that is essential for US weaponry sales.

Hillary Clinton on IT business:

However, the breakfast meeting with corporate India dealt with subjects ranging from protectionism to outsourcing. She did put opinion on President Obama’s comment on to stop outsourcing and to bring jobs from Bangalore to Buffalo. She diplomatically spoke that it is friendly competition that has been talked about and there is not protectionist policy being adopted by US government. But, on the other hand she did claim that outsourcing is a genuine problem in US and that back home her government needs to look into it with serious thoughts.

 Madam Senator on Education:

Ina special interaction with the students of St. Xaviers College and interview with Arnab Goswami, of Times Now, US Secretary of State was greatly impressed with the Teach India campaign and praised involvement of celebrity icon Aamir Khan in this great initiative. She emphasized that global prosperity lies in collaboration and co-operation among countries and among people. This is important to bridge the gap between talent and opportunities. She also went in to praise India’s technical education and says it to be the best in the world. 

 US Secretary of State on Environment:

Hillary at the opening of the ITC Green Center in Gurgaon spoke her mind out and said that this building will soon be one of the monuments of 21st century. Referring to her visit earlier as the First lady at the Taj Mahal, she says that ITC Green building will soon become a stopover in the India’s Tourist Map just as the other wonders of the world.

 US wants India to sign on the dotted lines to put a restriction on carbon emission but India is reluctant to do so as it is believed that India figures quite low in statistical data of carbon emission and feels it would be detrimental to its growing industries (US is responsible for 20 percent of carbon emission while India accounts only 1.8 tonnes per capita). Madam Senator was quick to state that US will not impose any restrictions on India that would be unfavorable for India’s growth and development.

 Hillary Clinton on Agriculture:

Cutting-edge technology should be incorporated to harp greater benefit and to raise crop yields. She visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute and was vocal about the need to identify the root causes of hunger. It is important to begin with the next generation of agrarian economy but was tight lipped on emotive GM (genetically-mapped) food crops.

 Hillary’s visit impact on Defense:

Besides sale of US weapons to India, India did approve two sites for US firms to build two nuclear power plants.

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Jet carrying 168 passengers crashes in Iran

Posted on 15 July 2009 by Sadhan

Caspian Airways Flight 7809 took off from Tehran in the noon today and crashed just 16 minutes after departure in the northwestern part of Iran. This airline was carrying 168 passengers and in it were 10 members of Iranian Junior Judo squad who were travelling to Yerevan for a summer camp.

 According to the state media report, the airline was bound for Armenia and it fears that all passengers are dead. This particular commercial airline basically operates within Iran and also travels to Syria, UAE, Ukraine, Armenia and Turkey. Reports say that this airline uses Tupolev jets made in Russia and Iranians fear that these Tupolev jets are extremely prone to accidents and malfunction.

As US has stopped supplying commercial aircraft and airplanes parts to Iran, people in that country feel that has put the lives of people at greater risks.

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Nilekani leaves Infy for Govt's UIC project

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Ritz

Nandan Nilekani makes a difference yet again: Takes up the ambitious Govt UIC Project

Nandan Manohar Nilekani takes up the central government’s Unique Identification Card’ (UIC) Project, quitting Infosys Technologies Ltd as a Co-chairman and board of directors, after  co-founding  and serving the company for 28 successful years.

His resignation would be effective from July 9, 2009. He has been assigned the status of cabinet minister while he heads the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He has mammoth shareholdings worth Rs 3,476 crore in Infosys.

What exactly is UIC project?

The Rs150,000 crore project aims to equip every Indian with a Biometric Unique Identification Card, similar to social security number in the US. This would assign a permanent unique number which will remain the permanent identifier of the person right from birth till death of

the individual. It will rule out the need to have different identification card like PAN Card, ration card, Electoral Identity Card etc. Also it will take away the worry of producing multiple documentary proofs of identity to avail different government and private services like opening a bank account or buying a new SIM card or while taking any health benefits etc. It is also expected to play an important role to curb terrorism. This ambitious project is expected to be completed in 3 years.

What will the card have?

The card will contain the details like Name, Date of Birth, sex, address, marital status, photo, finger print and a chip which will have all the necessary personal data of the card-holder.

This will be based on a sophisticated application called SCOSTA. An electronic device used for keeping the information which can be viewed only by authorized people.

The card is designed by the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad capturing the essence of India, taking inspiration from various motifs and rangoli patterns, blending it with various colours of Indian cheap cialis online textile and Indian ethos.

This project is ranked at par with the Sam Pitroda’s telecom project, which subsequently turned into the IT and telecom revolution.

As we see, the history being revisited and the 54 year old leader take a different turn in his career to bring in another revolution in India, Nandan Nilekani’s mentor N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder, Infosys says “I feel it’s like a younger brother going out of home, seeking nobler aspirations. It’s a big loss to Infosys. But our mindset is such that we expect our people to put the interests of the country ahead of the company’s or the individuals.”

With the project being led by a man of such high business acumen and rich experience, people’s expectation would be to see this UIC project to be a success.

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