Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Shekhar Gupta — The Media & India's Democracy Today

Friday, October 14, 2022

2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St

Ellen Barry
, The New York Times 
Salil Tripathi, Author
Sadanand DhumeAmerican Enterprise Institute

Shekhar Gupta Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, India’s fastest growing digital news platform known for its non-hyphenated liberalism, which is neither Left, nor Right, is liberal on society, and liberal on economy. He is a prolific columnist, with his highly influential weekly column ‘National Interest’ which is translated into five languages. A selection of these columns was collected in the bestselling book, 'Anticipating India'. Shekhar, a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, hosts ‘Off the Cuff’ – an offering from ThePrint – which sees him in conversation with an eminent guest twice a month. His daily YouTube show ‘Cut The Clutter’ explains and analyses the big news development of the day from India and around the world.

Until recently, he also hosted ‘Walk the Talk’ on NDTV 24x7 every week. A collection of these news-making interviews has been published as a book ‘Walk the Talk: Decoding Politicians’. In his four-decade career, Shekhar has reported on key Indian and international events, including the Nellie massacre in Assam, Operation Blue Star, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War from Baghdad, the first, US-backed ‘jehad’ in Afghanistan, and the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North. Before this, Shekhar served as editor-in-chief of The Indian Express for 19 years and simultaneously held the position of the company's chief executive for 13 years.

OP Jindal Distinguished Lectures