The very famous ‘Aap Ki Adalat’wala man’ & now the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the most viewed news channel of India – India TV, Rajat Sharma is one person that is known to be more famous than most of our celebrities.
Married to former TV actress Ritu Dhawan; quite frankly, Mr Sharma is by far the best-known face most powerful editors India has ever had.
Well, most of his political relations are minimum 30 to 40-year-old relationships, his relations with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, go way back to his youth days. He is close friends with almost every Congress heavyweights and Bollywood’s biggies. His investor list includes most of India Inc’s savviest investors, including billionaires Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani, etc.
- Like it is rightly said; “A Success without Struggle, isn’t really a Success in true terms”, similarly, Rajat too had to go through his share of struggles to reach the epitome of power & success that he has achieved today!
- His early days were spent living in a 10 x 10 room in old Delhi with seven brothers, an ailing mother, father and sister that too without any water and electricity.
- Schooling for him meant the shabbiest municipality school, bathing was supposed to be done at a communal bathing house and studying for him was sitting under the lamp post at a nearby railway station at night. Yet this humble man has managed to collect fond memories of his childhood.
- This 58-year old still has a clear remembrance of one incident played which has played a huge role in shaping his life. This was during his young days when television was still very new and a very rare thing for many, and the entire neighbourhood used to go to that one house which had a TV set.
- One day unlike others, he was denied entrance! Disappointed, he returned home and explained the whole thing to his father, to which his father beautifully replied that – “Do something in life that you appear on television and other people watch you.” And obviously, he took his father’s words way too seriously…!!!
- He just like any other person was searching for a summer job when he bumped into Janardan Thakur, who had just left Anandabazar Patrika, Old Delhi. Thakur was planning to start a syndicated column and someone to help him out. Without further ado, Rajat was hired as a researcher on a salary of INR 400/month.
- In 1995; Rajat created history by launching India’s first much required private television news bulletin – Independent News Service (INS) which was aired across satellite footprints in Asia, Europe and North Africa. This show became the symbol of freedom and unbiased news! They received investments from Fuse+ Media, an entity of ComVentures, a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California, United States.
- In 2004, with undue support from his wife Ritu Dhawan & now the Managing Director of India TV, he launched the soon-to-become India’s largest news channel – India TV!
“CONTROVERSIES”: – In the mid of 2014; Rajat’s name had appeared in an attempted suicide case of one of his female employee On 2nd July 2014; Rajat Sharma replied by sending a legal notice to the victim stating that allegations were false and he reserves the right to seek damages.
- Awarded the most prestigious “Padma Bhushan Award”
- Appointed as the President for “The News Broadcasters Association (NBA)
- Acclaimed as the INBA “Entrepreneur of the year” at the National Convention
- Conferred with “Tarun Kranti Award” at Rohini, New Delhi
- Awarded as the Best Anchor several times, including the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Named as the “Hero of the media industry” in a nation-wide survey conducted by Hindustan – a leading Hindi daily