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31 May 1942 |
Rawalpindi, British India
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Lucknow|
|Known for||Journalist, Radia tapes controversy in media.|
Vinod Mehta was until February 1, 2012, the editor-in-chief of Outlook India. He is at present an advisor to the magazine.
Mehta was born in Rawalpindi, in West-Punjab of undivided India. His family migrated to India when he was three. He grew up as an army brat from a Punjabi refugee family in the syncretic culture of Lucknow of the 1950s—an experience that turned him into an unflagging 'secularist'. He attended La Martinere school in Lucknow and the university there. Leaving home with a BA third class degree, he experimented with a string of jobs, including that of a factory hand in suburban Britain, before accepting an offer to edit Debonair in 1974, a men's magazine.
Mehta lives in New Delhi. He is married to Sumita Paul, a journalist who has worked for the Pioneer and the Sunday Times of India. He also has a daughter from an old affair from this younger days. He said nobody, other than his wife, knew about his daughter until he wrote about it in his memoir. He said he spoke to his wife and she encouraged him to write about it.
Mehta became one of India's most influential editors by launching a number of successful publications such as the Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent, The Pioneer (Delhi edition) and, finally, Outlook. Currently, he is editorial chairman of the Outlook Group.
Vinod Mehta has authored a biography of Meena Kumari and Sanjay Gandhi, and published (in 2001) a collection of his articles under the title Mr Editor, How Close Are You to the PM? His much acclaimed memoir, Lucknow Boy, was published in 2011.
Currently Mehta is a TV Panelist and frequently appears on TV shows like Newshour on Times Now and India at 9 at CNN-IBN. He is called upon by News anchors as a senior journalist and is sought after for his analysis of major issues and scenarios.
- Bombay: A Private View (1971), ASIN B0006C8DMO
- The Sanjay Story (2012), ISBN 978-9350295816
- Meena Kumari (1972), ISBN 978-9350296257
- Mr Editor, how close are you to the PM? (1999), ISBN 978-8122005332
- Lucknow Boy: A Memoir (2010), ISBN 978-0670085293
- A review of Lucknow Boy
- Transcripts : The Radia Tapes contains all the leaked audio transcripts between Nira Radia and other high profile people