Famous Indian Journalists & Their Connections

Famous Indian Journalists & Their Political Connections

As 2021 gave a rough start to Indian journalists, with prominent names like Arnab, Nidhi, and Ghai being in the limelight for all the wrong reason, let’s take a deeper look at the political connections of some of the most prominent Indian journalists.

Crux of the Matter

Arnab Goswami – Founder of Republic TV

  • Maternal uncle: Siddhartha Bhattacharya – Cabinet Minister in Assam from BJP.
  • Father: Late Colonel Manoranjan Goswami – BJP member also contested 1998 Lok Sabha Polls.

Ravish Kumar – Senior Executive Editor, NDTV India

  • Brother: Brajesh Pandey – Senior leader from Congress.

Radhika Roy And Prannoy Roy – Founders of NDTV

  • Radhika’s sister: Brinda Karat – Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader.
  • Brinda’s husband: Prakash Karat – CPI-M politburo member, former Gen Sec.

Rajdeep Sardesai – Consulting Editor with India Today

  • Wife: Sagarika Ghose – Consulting Editor, The Times Of India.
  • Sagarika’s father: Bhaskar Ghose – Former Director-General of Doordarshan.
  • Sagarika’s aunt: Ruma Pal – Former Judge at the Supreme Court.

Barkha Dutt – Columnist for The Washington Post; renowned for stint with NDTV

  • Involved in ‘Radia tapes’ that reportedly showed collusion between several journalists and the UPA Government.
  • Her previous channel Tiranga TV was backed by Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

Sreenivasan Jain – Managing Editor, NDTV

  • Father: Lakshmi Chand Jain – former Indian High Commissioner to South Africa, a former member of Planning Commission.

Siddharth Varadarajan – Co-founder of The Wire; former Editor at The Hindu

  • Father: Muthusamy Varadarajan – a former member of the Indian High Commission in London (1979-83), former permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, former Civil Servant.

Suhasini Haidar – Diplomatic Affairs Editor and National Editor, The Hindu

  • Father: Subramanian Swamy – Rajya Sabha MP, BJP.

The beginning of 2021 brought problems to some prominent Indian journalists like Arnab Goswami and Nidhi Razdan, due to WhatsApp, Harvard, or even the capital market. Read about it in detail here.

  • Harvard has more alumni, faculty, and researchers who have won Nobel Prizes (161) and Fields Medals (18) than any other university in the world. Students and alumni have also won 10 Academy Awards, 48 Pulitzer Prizes, and 108 Olympic medals (46 gold), and they have founded many notable companies.
  • Arnab Goswami resigned as editor-in-chief of Times Now on 1 November 2016, citing editorial differences, lack of freedom, and newsroom politics. On 16 December, Goswami announced his next venture — a news channel called Republic; the name was later changed to Republic TV.
  • Rajat Sharma has interviewed more than 750 guests on his show Aap Ki Adalat. In 2015, Sharma was awarded with Padma Bhushan for his contributions through Journalism.