Tarun Tejpal: In a 27-year career as a journalist, Tarun has been an editor with the India Today and the Indian Express groups, and the managing editor of Outlook. He is the founder of Tehelka - which has garnered international fame for its aggressive public interest journalism. In 2001, AsiaWeek listed Tejpal as one of Asia's 50 most powerful communicators, and BusinessWeek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. Tarun's debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was hailed by the Sunday Times as "an impressive and memorable debut". In 2007 The Guardian, UK, named him among the 20 who constitute India's new elite. Tarun's second novel, The Story of My Assassins was published in 2009 to rave reviews.
Managing Editor, Tehelka
Shoma Chaudhury is Managing Editor, Tehelka. She's earlier worked with The Pioneer, India Today, and Outlook. In 2000, she left Outlook to join Tarun Tejpal's team that started Tehelka.com. When Tehelka was forced to close down after its seminal story on defence corruption, she was one of four people who stayed on to fight and articulate Tehelka's battles and relaunch it first as a weekly newspaper and later on as a magazine in 2006. She enjoys pushing the power and impact of cultural journalism with her profiles and interviews of figures in the world of arts, literature
and Bollywood. She won the 2009
Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Mediaperson.
Associate Editor, Financial World
Varkey George Karimpanal has spent all his life on the production side of things, beginning with bringing out a multilingual magazine for the external affairs ministry. Business journalism was next, with a five-year stint at Business Today. The next two years were spent at ABNI, the precursor to CNBC TV18. Then it was back to print, on the desk at Outlook, and then television again with start-up news channel Headlines Today. Mint came next and after three years, he's now with Financial World. Keeping his cool under pressure is an art he has mastered.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Visiting Faculty, Source
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an independent journalist and an educator. His work cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. His main areas of interest are the working of India's political economy and the media, on which he has authored/co-authored books and directed/produced documentary films. He is a writer, speaker, anchor, interviewer, teacher and commentator in three languages: English, Bengali and Hindi. He is also interested in regional economic cooperation and South-South relations. He also teaches and trains aspiring -- and working -- media professionals. He is a regular contributor to many newspapers, magazines and websites and is frequently featured on television channels and radio.
Senior Editor, Tehelka
Raman Kirpal has 18 years of experience in running operations in newspapers, television channels and online media. His responsibilities ranged from newsgathering to copy editing to video editing and preparing bulletin rundowns. He has worked for The Indian Express, The Economic Times, NDTV, Indiaabroad.com, Deccan Chronicle, TV Today Network and Hindustan Times. Raman was Resident Editor of The Indian Express in Jammu and Kashmir in 2000. He launched the Lucknow edition of The Indian Express in 2004 and a year later was sent to Mumbai.
Associate Editor, Tehelka
Manjula Lal, Associate Editor, Tehelka, started her career in newspapers like
Delhi Mid-Day, Indian Express, Sunday Mail and Economic Times, writing
features as well as editing. Later she worked on magazines like Down to Earth, Swagat and Sports Illustrated India. With an academic background in political studies,
she has dabbled in all topics under the sun and emerged with an enduring interest in
the interplay of business and politics.
Having been brought up in Uttar Pradesh and having made Delhi her home, Manjula is
glad that she made journalism her
at a time when it was not regarded
as glamorous, for she has found it
Vijay Simha is Editor-at-Large with Tehelka and sobriety campaigner based in New Delhi. He has worked over 18 years alongside some of the most luminous names in Indian journalism at Patriot, The Pioneer, and The Indian Express. He managed newsrooms and helped launch two magazines in English, The Sunday Indian and The Caravan. He has reported and commented on Indian politics, issues of the day, and society in hundreds of articles over the years. In the social sphere, he has been Editor with Greenpeace and also worked with Gene Campaign.