Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Dua and Barkha Dutt Conferred Padma Shri

January 27, 2008 8:35 pm1 commentViews: 451

Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief of Global Broadcast News (CNN-IBN) , Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor of NDTV 24×7 and Vinod Dua, Anchor and Presenter , NDTV India have been conferred this years Padma Shri awards.

Rajdeep Sardesai , born on May 24,1965 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is an Indian political commentator and News Presenter.Rajdeep is the son of the former Indian Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai and Nandini Sardesai, an activist in Mumbai and former head of the Dept of Sociology, St Xavier’s College. He attended the Cathedral and John Connon School and Campion School, Mumbai. He completed bachelor’s course in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and obtained a second bachelor’s and a law degree from Oxford University.

Rajdeep is married to journalist Sagarika Ghose.He moved to television journalism in 1994 as Political Editor, New Delhi Television (NDTV.) He was the host of the award-winning talk show The Big Fight, and was particularly appreciated for his coverage of the Gujarat riots. Rajdeep Sardesai later quit NDTV to start his own company, Global Broadcast News (GBN) in collaboration with the American giant CNN and Raghav Bahl’s TV18. The latter broadcasts the Indian Edition of CNBC called CNBC-TV18, the Hindi consumer channel, CNBC Awaaz and an international channel, SAW. The new channel with Rajdeep as the Editor-in-Chief has been named CNN-IBN. It went on air on December 17, 2005. Channel 7 has also come under this umbrella after Rajdeep’s company bought a 46 percent stake in the channel. Channel 7 has since been renamed IBN-7.

He is the member of Population Council and Press Club of India. Rajdeep writes columns for leading English dailies.Rajdeep Sardesai has also played cricket for the Oxford University team. Rajdeep is profiled as a right-hand batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler in the records.


Barkha was born to S.P. Dutt (called “Speedy” because of his initials) and Prabha Dutt (nee Behl). Speedy was an official in Air-India and Prabha was a Chief of Bureau of the Hindustan Times for quite some time. Her childhood days were spent shuttling between New Delhi and New York.

Barkha credits her journalism skills to her mother, Prabha, a pioneer among women journalists in India. Prabha Dutt graduated from the Chandigarh School of Journalism with honours and did her inhouse training with the Hindustan Times, Delhi in 1964. Prabha Dutt died in 1984, when she was in her prime, due to a brain haemorrhage. At that time Barkha was just thirteen.

Barkha was educated at the Modern School, New Delhi. She then did her Bachelor’s degree in English literature from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. After this, she did her Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia’s Mass Communication Research Center New Delhi.

She was a 1997 winner of the Inlaks Scholarship, which sends six Indians abroad annually for graduate work. Barkha took two years off from work and got a master’s in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York.

Barkha Dutt’s frontline reporting of the Kargil conflict in 1999 made her a household name. She had interviewed Capt. Vikram Batra during the Kargil conflict, and this interview was telecast after Capt.Batra was killed in Drass. It was an interview that shook the nation to an extent.

Since, then the focus of her work has been conflict reporting, covering areas ranging from Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Today as the Managing Editor of NDTV 24×7, India’s premiere satellite television network, and the host of We the People, every week, she is one of the most influential journalists in the country. She also writes a weekly column for The Hindustan Times and The Khaleej Times.

Vinod Dua ,born on March 11, 1954, is one of the most well known names of the Indian media. He is best known for his election analysis with Prannoy Roy. Currently he anchors a program Khabardar on NDTV India. He came to be known in early 80’s on Doordarshan’s Sunday morning program called “Aap Ke Liye”. When satellite and cable TV hit India late 1980 and early 1990, he hosted a program to interview elected office bearers called “Janvani”, which was quite successful.

A native of Punjab, India, he completed his graduation from Hans Raj College, Delhi University.Vinod Dua gained high popularity for his weekly current affairs show “PARAKH” in Doordarshan (Indian state owned television channel).

These days he regularly hosts two TV shows in Hindi news channel NDTV India: (1) Khabardar and (2) Zaika India Ka. Both the programmes are based on totally different themes. While “Khabardar ” is a current affairs programme, “Zaika India Ka ” is a show for food lovers and gives a live flavour of diverse variety of Indian food whose characteristics vary from one place to another.


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  • Hallo ,
    I’m the regular viewer & listener of news channels along with my family , friends & colleagues . And all of us have complaint to almost all the news readers of Hindi channels. They are very poor in Hindi pronunciation, language

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