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Managing Editor

Mathew Samuel joined Tehelka as the Managing Editor in 2014. He is also a Founding Member of Tehelka. In his first stint in Tehelka as a special correspondent, he carried the sting operation “Operation West End”, which led to the resignation of four senior ministers of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and nearly brought down the BJP-led government at the Centre in 2001.

The “Operation West End” sting operation was his brainchild. The sting operation lasted for about eight months and revealed the involvement of public figures in corruption. Mathew met with about 60 people, including arms dealers, and exposed corruption at high levels of power. The public figures involved were George Fernandes (Defense Minister), Bangaru Laxman (BJP president), Jaya Jaitley (president of the Samatha Party), RK Jain (treasurer of Samatha Party), RK Sharma (treasurer of RSS), General Manjith Singh Aluvalia, Major General PSK Chowdhary, General RK Murge, General Satnam Singh, Brigadier Iqbal Singh, Colonel Anil Saigal, HC Panth, P Sasi, and Surender Kumar Surekha. There were 105 videotapes, out of which Mathew alone shot 99 tapes; the rest were shot with his colleague Aniruddha Bahal.

Mathew was born into a traditional Christian family in Pathanapuram, Kerala. He attended St. Stephens College Pathanapuram and was the college union secretary. He was so much involved in college politics that he failed to obtain the minimum attendance required to sit for graduation exams. He has also worked in Delhi for the publications India Today, Mangalam, Mid Day and for television channels NewsX, Live India and India TV. He is based in New Delhi.

Executive Editor

Ramesh Sharma began his journalism career with The Times of India in 1988, after graduating from The Times School of Journalism (TRF, Institute for Social Sciences, Research & Education), in New Delhi. During his six-plus years with the Times, he handled various responsibilities, including bringing out the main edition of the newspaper. He also reported on politics, environment and social issues. Later, as the desk in charge of The Sunday Times of India, he was instrumental in shaping the Open Space page. He was among the founding members, along with Dileep Padgaonkar and 23 others, of the first independent media organisation run by journalists in New Delhi—the Asia-Pacific Communication Associates (APCA).

Thereafter, Ramesh went on to do a five-year stint with India Today and another five years with the IANS news agency, where he was in charge of producing Asian Voice, a London tabloid aimed at NRIs. In IANS, he also handled two news portals, indiaabroad.com and Indiainfo.com. He has also tried his hands at television journalism, with a two-and-half year stint at Headlines Today, where he was a Senior Producer. In 2007, he was back with APCA to produce a strategic affairs magazine—India & Global Affairs—for the Sakaal Group of newspapers. Ramesh has been with Tehelka since 2009. He is based in New Delhi.

Copy Editor

Srikanth S is a certified football fanatic who secretly yearns to be a sports journalist in London (Chelsea FC, Carefree!) but, in reality, edits copies for Tehelka in New Delhi. He used to be the brand ambassador for Tantra tees before the beer belly got in the way.

Design Head

A communication design graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Anand Naorem joined Tehelka.com in 2000 as a designer. Currently, he heads the design team at Anant Media Private Ltd., the publishers of Tehelka. His areas of interests include news design, typography, branding and illustration. He is based in New Delhi.

Assistant Editor

Thufail PT is currently an Assistant Editor with a passion for investigative journalism and media entrepreneurship. He began his journalism career with Tehelka.com after graduating from Asian College of Journalism in 2010, following which he joined the national bureau of The Asian Age to become one of the youngest political reporters in Delhi. He was the founder member of Delhi-based investigative news portal Gulail.com for which he has also carried out sting operations on security and terror related issues. Taking a break from journalism, he has also worked as the campaign coordinator for a key political party’s candidate in the New Delhi constituency during the 2014 parliament elections.In his second stint at Tehelka, he is part of the core team which is entrusted to strategise and revive the magazine’s content and business both online and offline.

Special Correspondent (Srinagar)

Riyaz Wani is special correspondent with Tehelka. He earlier covered Kashmir for The Indian Express. Before that, he was a senior editor with Kashmir’s leading regional daily Greater Kashmir. His interests include reading Urdu poetry and watching cricket.

Special Correspondent (Lucknow)

Virendra Nath Bhatt is a post graduate in Economics. Started career as journalist in 1982, by contributing for a couple of Hindi dailies of Lucknow and Bareilly and also Jansatta of Delhi. Joined the English daily The Pioneer in 1990 and later shifted to National Herald. After one year joined as correspondent for the Onlooker Magazine published from Bombay in 1991. In 1995 again joined The Pioneer in 1995 and worked till 2007. In December joined Indian Express Lucknow. In September 2011 joined Tehelka. Bhatt has extensively covered parliament and assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1985 and also the Ramjanma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya and the movement for social justice – the social strife against the implementation of the Mandal commission report in August 1990.

Principal Correspondent (Guwahati)

A young IT professional by training and a journalist by chance, Ratnadip comes from the smallest Northeastern state of Tripura and has been reporting out of Northeast India for seven years, as of 2011. He started his career with the Tripura Observer and went on to work with the Northeast Sun , The Northeast Today, News Live, Sahara Time and The Sunday Indian. He has also contributed to BBC, CNN, NatGeo TV, NDTV, CNN-IBN and TIMES NOW. Before joining Tehelka, Ratnadip worked with the national bureau of the television news channel NewsX. He specialises in conflict reporting and has a keen interest in India’s eastern neighbours. He is based in Guwahati.

Chief of Bureau, South

Jeemon Jacob has been a journalist for 26 years both in print and television, as of 2011. He was a Reuters Fellow and spent nine months in Oxford University as visiting scholar in 1994-95. He has headed the political bureau in New Delhi of the Rashtra Deepika group of publications and later joined News Express in Brunei Darussalam as Features Editor. He won the Statesman award for rural reporting in 1987 for his seven articles that exposed a brown sugar racket in Kumily, Kerala.

In 1990, he won the state award for best reporting and in 1992, his article on social alienation of people with HIV/AIDS won the prestigious PUCL Award for human rights reporting in 1992. Jeemon is a graduate in English Literature and Journalism and has exposed the corruption behind the DMK government’s allotting prime land to high court judges, senior civil servants, and the kith and kin of politicians under the government’s discretionary quota. He is based in Thiruvananthapuram.


G Vishnu has worked as a cameraman and assistant script-writer on two documentary films on tribal issues with Shri Prakash, a prominent film-maker in Jharkhand. He has reported on matters like Naxal-State conflict and politics as is seen in New Delhi. He has been a part of TEHELKA’s investigations team since August 2011. He finished his post-graduation in Communication from Manipal University in 2009.

Assistant Copy Editor

Sujay Chakraborty was born and brought up in Bhubaneswar. Despite earning a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree, he insists that he is a bad debt to the discipline. He thus landed at Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, specialising in radio broadcast and has been working with Tehelka since June 2010. After spending the entire day online at work, Sujay goes home and logs in yet again.

Video Editor

Born and brought up in Hardoi (UP), Meetesh Dixit moved to Delhi after finishing his school education. At national capital he acquired master’s degree in both commerce and mass communication. Meetesh spent nearly five year as a Video Editor, mastering the nuances of visual editing as well as Motion Graphics. During his professional journey, he worked with various media organisations and honed his video editing skills. Currently, he is employed with Tehelka, Delhi, and staying with his elder brother. His latest preoccupation is to break new grounds in video editing and graphics.


Ajoy Kumar Sen was raised in Kolkata and holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts from theUniversity of Calcutta. He started off with India Today in 1978 as a trainee and was with them until September 2001. He has been with the design team of Tehelka since February 2004. He has two children and lives in Faridabad.


Mahesh Bhandari holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts from the University of Delhi. He has been with Tehelka since 2008. Before that, he has worked with Aquent Solutions, Mumbai, TechBook and NCERT. He lives in Noida.


Vijay Pandey has been with Tehelka since June 2008. Prior to this, he was with the Hindi daily Amar Ujala for eight years. He holds a Masters in Mass Communication from the HNB Garhwal University in Uttarakhand. He is based in New Delhi.


Arun Sehrawat has been with Tehelka since November 2007. He has a Diploma in Computer Science and is studying for a degree from the University of Delhi. He is based in New Delhi.

Senior Photo Coordinator

Deepak Jha has been with Tehelka since June 2010. He has previously worked with the India Today Group and the Images Group. He has a Masters Degree in Library Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He is based in New Delhi.




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