Bombay - Talk by Karan Thapar
Alumni and guests are invited to join The Cambridge Society, Bombay to a virtual talk by Karan Thapar “How Independent is the Indian Press?" he will be discussing the independence of the Indian media, both print and electronic, since Independence.
KARAN THAPAR (Speaker)
Karan Thapar attended the famous Doon School and then went on to study at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, where he read Economics and Political Philosophy. He then obtained a doctorate from Oxford University in International Relations. Soon after, he started his career as a print journalist in the London Times and also wrote for The Economist and The Spectator. With the onset of television, he did a stint at Weekend TV in the UK. He returned to India in 1991 and helped establish HT Vision for the KK Birla group. He then became the executive producer of a programme called Eyewitness, which was transferred to Doordarshan and soon became a window on current affairs for the Indian public. He has conducted path-breaking interviews of former Indian President R Venkataraman, Pakistan President Benazir Bhutto (who had studied with him at Oxford) and PV Narasimha Rao, which was his first interview after becoming Prime Minister. HT TV also launched the first-ever Chat Show under his direction. Although he had already become India’s best-known TV presenter and won numerous international and Indian awards, he is perhaps best remembered for this Hard Talk and Devil’s Advocate series, where he interviewed leading personalities, no-holds-barred. These included Cricket World Cup captain Kapil Dev, who wept while answering questions of alleged match-fixing, and Pakistan’s President General Musharraf, an interview which created ripples in India and Pakistan. Karan Thapar’s father, General P.N. Thapar, is a former Chief of the Army Staff, and his cousin, Romila Thapar, is an internationally renowned historian.
RAHUL SINGH (Moderator)
Rahul Singh has been a journalist and a writer in a career spanning over half a century. A graduate in History (with Hons.) from Cambridge University, he started as an Assistant Editor of The Times of India, before becoming the first Editor of the Indian Reader’s Digest; he also launched their Hindi edition, Sarvotam. He then became Editor of The Indian Express, Sunday Observer, and Khaleej Times (Dubai). In between, he was a Consultant for the United Nations, for whom he wrote a book on world population and family planning. He is presently a columnist for The Tribune and the Khaleej Times and is also associated with the Delhi Public School Society.
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