Vir Sanghvi : biography
Vir Sanghvi () (born 5 July 1956) Indian Express, June 24, 1997. is an Indian print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host. Currently, he is an Advisor, at HT Media.http://lifestyle.awards.ndtv.com/meet-the-jury-2/
Books By Vir Sanghvi
- Men of Steel – India’s business leaders in candid conversation with Vir Sanghvi, Roli Books Pvt Ltd, India (Jan 2007) ISBN 81-7436-474-7
- Rude Food: The Collected Food Writings of Vir Sanghvi, Penguin Putnam (2004) ISBN 0-14-303139-2
- India Then and Now : Now/Vir Sanghvi. New Delhi, Roli, 2006, 274 p., $120. ISBN 81-7436-397-1.
- 26/11:The Attack on Mumbai, Penguin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-14-306705-4
- Madhavrao Scindia: A life, Penguin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-670-08254-4
Nira Radia tapes
In 2010, Sanghvi was connected to the Nira Radia tapes. In the audio tape Sanghvi was heard asking "What kind of story do you want?" It is alleged that he made some points suggested by Radia in his article titled ‘Time for some transparency’ under Sanghvi’s column "Counterpoint". Sanghvi denied all allegations and uploaded the article onto his website for readers to make their own judgement.] On 27 November 2010, Sanghvi released a detailed statement in the Hindustan Times, clarifying his role, and also raising the possibility of the tapes being edited. Due to the heightened interest in him Sanghvi temporarily suspended his weekly article "Counterpoint".
In October 2011, Sanghvi wrote an article for the Outlook Magazine (the same magazine that carried the tapes), ‘Radia Tapes Weren’t Authentic, They Were Manipulated’ reiterating his stance that the tapes had been manipulated or doctored to cause mischief. He uploaded the article onto his website and provided three independent lab reports from the US and the UK which all found clear evidence of tampering.
In January 2012, The Union Government told the Supreme Court that the Radia tapes broadcast by media organisations were tampered with and the government agencies were not responsible for its leakage.
Early life and education
Vir Sanghvi is an Indian editor and also a television personality. Currently, he is Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times. Sanghvi was brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai) and London and educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Mill Hill School, London. He went on to read politics, philosophy and economics at Brasenose College,List of University of Oxford people. Oxford. Hindustan Times.
His journalistic career began in his gap year before Oxford when he started contributing to India Today. He continued writing for the magazine during his vacations and in 1978, the publishers of India Today asked him to start Bombay, India’s first city magazine. At that stage, Sanghvi was 22, making him the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism. The first issue of Bombay appeared in 1979 and though the magazine was an instant success, heralding the start of India’s magazine boom, Sanghvi left it in 1981 to live in London for a year. Awarded a traveling fellowship by the Inlaks Foundation, he visited newspapers in the US and the UK for a project on how the western media looked at India. In 1982, he returned to India as editorial director of Business Press, India’s largest publisher of trade magazines. While at Business Press, he revamped and reformatted Imprint, one of India’s oldest magazines and turned it into a leading features magazine of the 1980s. In 1986, he was appointed editor of Sunday, a news magazine brought out by the ABP group. By 1989, Sunday had become India’s largest-selling weekly news magazine. In 1994, Sanghvi became consulting editor of the ABP group, whose portfolio included—other than magazines like Sunday and Business world—the two largest papers in eastern India, The Telegraph in English and Ananda Bazar Patrika in Bengali. In 1999, he became editor of the Hindustan Times, the largest-selling English newspaper in Delhi and, over the next two years, launched new editions in Chandigarh, Calcutta, Ranchi, Bhopal and other north Indian cities. At the end of 2003, Sanghvi was appointed editorial director of HT Media Limited, the holding company of Hindustan Times, and it was in this capacity that he launched the paper’s stunningly successful Bombay edition in July 2005. His column, Counterpoint, which he began in Sunday, now appears in the Sunday Hindustan Times, and is possibly the most influential political column in the country. He also writes Pursuits—a column that appears in the weekend section of Mint, the business paper brought out by HT Media.