Saturday, Dec 20, 2014
Shekar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta

Editor-in-chief

Shekhar Gupta was the Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express. He has to his credit some of the most significant newsbreaks in Indian journalism. He had joined the Indian Express as a cub reporter at its Chandigarh edition in 1977. Three years later, at just 23, The Indian Express sent him to India’s troubled north-east where he covered the then raging insurgencies and civil unrest. As a reporter, and then an editor, with India Today, Shekhar has always brought to readers in India a ringside view of contemporary history from Operation Bluestar to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War from Baghdad, Jerusalem and Kuwait, the first “jihad” in Afghanistan and the many twists & turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North. Shekhar uncovered LTTE training camps in India, the truth behind the falsely implicated scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation in a spy scandal. And seven years before the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, he travelled across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, the US and the UK, to report extensively on the threat from pan-national fundamentalism, including its links with Osama bin Laden. Shekhar’s weekly column called National Interest is one of the most credible and independent voices in the media. It is a touchstone for new ideas in politics, governance, society, business and sports. He also hosts an interview-based programme Walk the Talk on NDTV 24x7. A regular guest speaker at prestigious forums including the Asia Society, New York, National Defense College and Defense Services Staff College and the World Economic Forum in Davos and its India summits, Shekhar has authored Assam: A Valley Divided and India Redefines Its Role, published by the Oxford University Press and by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London, where he is a member of the Council. Over the years he has engaged as one of the pre-eminent voices from India on issues ranging from domestic politics and society to security and international affairs. Shekhar is the recipient of several awards and honours, including the 1985 Inlaks award for young journalist of the year, G K Reddy Award for Journalism, the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2009.

‘Our essential qualifications have changed… but a reporter’s life is more fun than before’
Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta writes a farewell note to ‘The Indian Express’ newsroom

Walk the talk with Piyush Mishra: I don’t call myself talented
Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Shekhar Gupta talks to actor-writer-singer-composer Piyush Mishra about missed opportunities, Bhagat Singh, his journey to Mumbai and his songs.

National Interest: 8,618
Sat, Jun 14, 2014

That’s the number of characters this farewell column has. Why I have inflicted this on you, dear reader.

Walk The Talk
‘Governance needs to be digitised. We cannot look at ministries, need a process that runs across ministries’
Tue, Jun 10, 2014

In this Walk the Talk, Tata Consultancy Services CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran talks about re-imagining governance and why he believes in the concept of a unique identity.

First Person Second Draft: 1 Assassination, Countless Murders
Fri, Jun 06, 2014

The assassination of Indira Gandhi caught me on the wrongest foot possible: in transit from New York to New Delhi.

First Person Second Draft: Since 1984
Thu, Jun 05, 2014

“Opium is quite enough, SHO saab bahadur, why are we wasting pistols, we don’t have that many and we keep needing them again.”

The audacity of incompetence
Wed, Jun 04, 2014

The first of this three-part series concluded yesterday, saying the rise of Bhindranwale and his death with Operation Blue Star was a phase of madness. Now, an argument for why we must never forget it.

First Person, Second Draft: Once upon a bloody time
Tue, Jun 03, 2014

There lived and died a man called Bhindranwale.

National Interest: Talk less
Sat, May 31, 2014

That’s what Modi should tell his ministers before they shoot their mouths off and damage his hard earned political capital.

National Interest: 156-inch heart
Sat, May 24, 2014

That’s what you need after a 56-inch chest delivers you a majority. Modi knows this as he takes a national stage and makes it global.

Modi: Your time starts now
Sat, May 17, 2014

He delivers first single-party majority in 30 years, shatters age-old assumptions.

Writings on the wall: Before the secular dip, hold your nose
Mon, May 12, 2014

A thug wanted for murder has joined the fight against communalism, a firebrand secular isn’t pleased they threw eggs at his rudraksh.

Writings On The Wall: Taking the poor out of Poorvanchal
Sat, May 10, 2014

Teaching is the sunrise industry in Uttar Pradesh — a better future its most wanted product. But Mulayam, trapped in a political time warp, doesn’t get this. His promise: I will raise the poverty line (so more of you can call yourself poor!)

Writings on the wall: Huggies diapers in Vaishali, Muslim-Dalit IIT-JEE coalition
Wed, May 07, 2014

Over nine years of good governance, exemplary law and order and record growth, Nitish Kumar pulled Bihar back from the brink.

‘God has assigned a job to every individual. (Yogis) jumping in to become popular and entering the political sphere… it pains me’
Tue, May 06, 2014

Yoga guru B K S Iyengar speaks on popularising yoga in the West and how he helped violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin regain his creative energy and nd why he thinks BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi “may do something good”

Writings on the wall: The rich and the ostrich
Wed, Apr 30, 2014

The vicious Badal family feud plays on, while the youngest political entrant, AAP, courts ghosts buried long ago.

Writings on the wall
There’s an aeroplane on my roof
Tue, Apr 29, 2014

The rest of the country has moved on but Punjab has become a prisoner of its boisterous old stereotype.

Walk The Talk
‘Not once did Modi say Amit Shah be made UP in-charge. Not once. Shah ka selection keval aur keval mera hai’
Tue, Apr 29, 2014

BJP president Rajnath Singh explains why they are so confident of returning to power, says Muslims have no reason to be scared of the party, and calls Modi an organisation man.

Anticipating India
Sat, Apr 26, 2014

A selection of the pieces from the book (HarperCollins Publishers India and Express Book Series) that foreshadowed the big changes.

Writings on the wall
Writings on the wall: Navi Calcutta
Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Mumbai is a tired city with chronic fatigue syndrome. And yet, there is also Padhayi Gali, a patch of sidewalk paved with four young men’s dreams of gold.

Writings on the wall
Mere pass space hai
Wed, Apr 23, 2014

That could be Mumbai’s tagline, punchline and faultline. For, nothing drives or drags, unites or divides voters in this great city as the endless struggle for space.

National Interest: Secularism is dead!
Fri, Apr 18, 2014

This anti-Modi battle cry is lazy, illiberal and an affront to Muslims — and to Hindus.

National Interest: After May 16
Sat, Apr 12, 2014

The rise of Modi marks the shifting of the largest tectonic plate. He is the first non-Dynasty leader to acquire this domineering stature, the only non-Brahmin and also the first never to have been in the Congress party.

If Modi wins on Sunday
Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Stage set for ultimate Sonia vs Modi battle. If he loses, the RSS he defied will get back. Either way, wait for the rise of a new politics.

Writings on the wall
Writings on the wall: In a tearing Hurry-ana
Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Hooda knows the pulse of modern Haryana.

Walk The Talk
‘All depends on persons Modi will choose. He must not take any tainted person, not worry about Oppn here, and make CMs partners in governing India’
Tue, Apr 08, 2014

Arun Shourie talks about the tasks for the new government, the Gujarat CM’s style of working, the “understanding” that Modi could reach with the RSS and the fall in stature of the PMO.

Writings on the wall
Gogoi, the only Congressman smiling… and a weeping police officer in a masjid
Wed, Apr 23, 2014

There is a reason why even as the AGP is declining, and the BJP is moving into its space, it isn’t credibly challenging the Congress.

Writings on the wall
When Mary Kom stares down at Narendra Modi
Wed, Apr 23, 2014

A new willingness to go out into India and compete rather than stay back and sulk is the most significant writing on the Assamese wall today.

Walk The Talk
Pak needs a strong, disciplined military. But the job of a soldier is to locate, fight, liquidate the enemy… Not his job to define the enemy
Tue, Apr 01, 2014

In this Walk the Talk on NDTV 24x7 with The Indian Express Editor in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to US.

National Interest: Gently, Your Lordships
Sat, Mar 29, 2014

Surely, the eminent judges don’t want us to quake with fear. Then why such language?

National Interest: Who’s afraid of Neville Maxwell?
Sat, Mar 22, 2014

Let’s be grateful to that 88-year-old relentless journalist and scholar for the partial release of the Henderson-Brooks report.

Walk The Talk
‘We don’t have any doubt about our cryogenic engine…. The capability of India to launch heavier satellites has now been established’
Wed, Mar 19, 2014

Shekhar Gupta and ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan speaks about the indigenous cryogenic engine that launched GSLV-D5.

National Interest: Main hoon aam patrakar
Sat, Mar 15, 2014

No point asking why Kejriwal is threatening the media. Where were the questions when he was playing them?

Express Adda with Prithviraj Chavan: ‘Building new magnet cities around a larger city is the way ahead’
Thu, Aug 21, 2014

At the Express Adda, Prithviraj Chavan, and economist Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, spoke about urban development.

Walk The Talk
‘There could be more respect… 50 years of being an industry, a pioneer, and the government doesn’t take me into confidence’
Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Cipla chairman Y K Hamied speaks about the early days of his company,

National Interest: Mr Tebbit goes to Meerut
Sat, Mar 08, 2014

Booking Kashmir’s kids for cheering Pakistan paints a shameful and wrong picture of India — and of cricket.