Sandeep Bamzai, who quit Hindustan Times as its Business Editor in September last year, has joined Reliance Entertainment as a Consultant. A veteran business journalist of 22 years’ standing, Bamzai quit HT after a five-year stint to “pursue a longstanding dream of writing a book on the accession of Kashmir”.
When asked if he had said goodbye to journalism, Bamzai said, “It is very much an editorial position and environment, since the group has a major presence in new media – FM radio, mobile access and the digital world. Big FM with 45 licences has the largest pan-Indian footprint, and Adlabs is one of India's premier new media and entertainment companies with a presence in digital theatres, production, processing and is a vertically integrated entity.”
He added, “The possibilities in new media are immense and exciting and after having worked in traditional media for the last 22 years, it was time to explore something different.”
About his recently released book, Bamzai commented, “My grandfather had worked closely with Pandit Nehru for almost 20 years and was a key player in the back channel negotiations that structured the accession. Confidential papers, documents and letters between the dramatis personae left behind by my grandfather were the basis of the book.”
The book, ‘Bonfire of Kashmiriyat – Deconstructing the Accession’, was released in November 2006 by Dr Farooq Abdullah, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, K Natwar Singh and HT Editorial Director Vir Sanghvi.
Prior to joining HT in Delhi, Bamzai was based in Mumbai for 16 years. He has been Senior Editor with Business India, Editor of Dalal Street Journal, Assistant Editor of Illustrated Weekly, Deputy Editor of Sunday Observer, Editor-Special Projects with The Times of India Group, and Executive Editor, Plus Channel. He started his career with The Statesman, Kolkata, before moving to Mumbai to work for Indian Express from 1986-89.