Shekhar Gupta has put in his papers as Editor-in-Chief & Vice Chairman, India Today Group two months after joining the Group. He will, however, continue as Editorial Advisor to the India Today Group even as he pursues his creative and entrepreneurial interests.
In the meantime, it is learnt from sources that Aroon Purie, Chairman, India Today Group, will resume the additional responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief.
Gupta’s weekly column, ‘National Interest’, will continue to be published along with other long form articles, which he will write exclusively for the magazine. During his short stint with India Today, Gupta was reporting to Aroon Purie and was responsible for the editorial quality of all news and business brands. He was working closely with Group CEO Ashish Bagga.
This was Gupta’s second stint with India Today, where he was earlier Editor. He had joined the Group from Indian Express, where he was Editor-in-Chief. He was with Indian Express for 19 years. It may be recalled that exchange4media first broke the news on June 3, 2014 about Gupta joining the India Today Group (Shekhar Gupta joins India Today as Vice-Chairman & Editor-in-Chief).
Gupta has over 33 years of experience in journalism. He has to his credit some of the most significant newsbreaks in Indian journalism.
He had joined the Indian Express as a cub reporter at its Chandigarh edition in 1977. Three years later, at just 23, The Indian Express sent him to India’s North-East region, where he covered the then raging insurgencies and civil unrest.
As a reporter, and then an Editor, with India Today, Gupta had brought to readers in India a ringside view of contemporary history: From Operation Bluestar to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the student uprising at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War from Baghdad, Jerusalem and Kuwait, the first ‘jihad’ in Afghanistan and the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North.