Shekhar Gupta

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Shekhar Gupta
Born (1957-08-26) August 26, 1957 (age 57)
Occupation Journalist
Known for Hosting Walk the Talk
Spouse(s) Neelam Jolly

Shekhar Gupta (born 26 August 1957) is a one of the famous Indian journalist who is currently vice-chairman of the India Today Group. Until June 2014, he served 19 years as editor-in-chief of the Indian Express. Gupta writes a weekly column called "National Interest" for India Today magazine. His "National Interest" columns for the Indian Express were collected in his 2014 book Anticipating India. He also hosts an interview-based television show Walk the Talk on NDTV 24x7. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2009 for his contribution to journalism.[1]


Shekhar has received assorted awards: the 1985 Inlaks award for young journalist of the year,[2] G K Reddy Award for Journalism,[3] the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration.[4][5] He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Govt of India in 2009.[1][6]

Under his leadership, The Indian Express won the Vienna-based International Press Institute’s Award for Outstanding Journalism in the Public Interest thrice- the first time for its coverage of the Gujarat riots of 2002, the second time for uncovering the Bihar flood relief scam in 2005 and the third time for its sustained investigation into the Malegaon and Modasa blasts of 2008 and the alleged role of Hindu extremists and organisations.[7]

Gupta 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. [8]


  • Assam: A Valley Divided
  • India Redefines Its Role - IISS Adelphi Paper Series 293[9]
  • Anticipating India - HarperCollins Publishers India