Sucheta Dalal

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Sucheta Dalal (born 1962) is an award-winning business journalist and author.[1] She has been a journalist for 25 years and was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri for journalism in 2006.[2]

She has been the Financial Editor of the Times of India until 1998. She was then a Consulting Editor with the Indian Express group and wrote columns for the Indian Express and Financial Express until 2008.

In 2006, she began to write for Moneylife, a fortnightly magazine on investment started by her husband Debashis Basu. She is now the Managing Editor of Moneylife magazine.

In 2010, responding to the poor financial literacy in India, she and her husband founded Moneylife Foundation a not-for-profit organisation based in Mumbai.

She has been a member of the Investor Education & Protection Fund of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for six years.


Sucheta Dalal was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) . She studied B.Sc Statistics at Karnataka College, Dharwad. She is a trained lawyer having gained LLB and LLM from Bombay University.[3] In the early 1990s, Dalal joined the prominent Mumbai based newspaper Times of India as a journalist for their Business and economics wing. There she investigated a number of cases that would eventually lead to her prominence in the fields of journalism and activism. these included the Harshad Mehta scam of 1992, the Enron scam, the Industrial Development Bank of India scam, the Ketan Parekh scam on 2001 and the . She worked closely with journalists and analysts such as Debashis Basu, Girish Sant, Shantanu Dixit and Pradyumna Kaul. At Times of India, she rose to become the Financial editor of Times of India.[4]

She is well known for her numerous investigative reports on Indian Stock Markets, Trading, Consumer Protection, Infrastructure Projects and Budgets. She gained fame, notably for breaking the securities scam in 1992 which was India’s biggest financial scandal until then. She co-authored a book on the securities scam with her husband Debashis Basu called The Scam: Who Won, Who lost, Who got away (1993).[5]

She has been a Member of the Investor Protection and Education Fund.[6]

Sucheta runs MoneyLife Smart Savers Network, a community initiative aimed to educate and collate individual investors to become better at investing. She also runs a popular Credit Helpline to help people, with their financial difficulties, redressal mechanism for Insurance, Mutual fund and other investments.

Select publications[edit]

  • Debasis, Basu; Dalal, Sucheta (1993), The Scam: Who Won, who Lost, who Got Away, Mumbai: South Asia Books, ISBN 81-85944-10-5 
  • Dalal, Sucheta (2000), A. D. Shroff: Titan of Finance and Free Enterprise, New Delhi: Viking, ISBN 0-670-89336-6 


  1. ^ "Sucheta Dalal, Padma Shri". Express India. Jan 27, 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sucheta Dalal". Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Girish Sant memorial lecture 2015". Prayas (Energy Group). Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
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