Rajat Kumar Sharma
|Alma mater||Shri Ram College of Commerce (M.Com)|
|Occupation||President of Delhi & District Cricket Association, Journalist|
|Awards||Padma Bhushan (2015)|
In 2015, Sharma was awarded with Padma Bhushan for his contributions through journalism.
Sharma was born in Sabzi Mandi, Delhi. He grew up with his 6 brothers and 1 sister. He did his schooling from Ramjas School, Karolbagh. In an interview, he told audience that in childhood,many days he spent without proper food. He did his higher studies from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and joined Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
In 1997, he married Ritu Dhawan.
After having completed his Master's degree (M Com), he was hired as a researcher by Janardan Thakur, a journalist who had just quit Ananda Bazar Patrika to start a new syndicate column. Subsequently, he joined the Onlooker Magazine as a trainee and then went on to become its editor in 1985. By this time, Rajat Sharma had shifted base to Mumbai. After having spent three years at Onlooker, he joined Sunday Observer as an editor and later on The Daily again as the editor. Employees at The Daily found out he doesn't know how to write editorials in English and he hired Mr. V. Gangadar to write as him. Then he was forced to resign from the position of the editor after the strike of The Daily employees.
It was in 1992 that he bumped into Zee TV’s Subhash Chandra during a flight to Delhi and it was in the midst of a casual conversation that the concept of Aap Ki Adalat took shape. In 1993, the first episode of Aap Ki Adalat was shot for Zee TV with Lalu Yadav, the former-Chief Minister of Bihar. Rajat Sharma has interviewed more than 750 guests on his show and recently Aap Ki Adalat celebrated 21 years of broadcast thereby making it the longest running show in India’s television history. He also hosts the prime time show Aaj Ki Baat on India TV.
He was amongst one of the President of Delhi Cricket Association.
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- "Rajat Sharma, Chairman and editor-in-chief, India TV: 2017 promises positivity for news genre". The Financial Express. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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- "Veteran journalist Rajat Sharma now DDCA boss, beats Madan Lal". The Economic Times. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Baljeet, Parmar. "How RSS trained Godi Media Editors used to fake excellence? Baljeet Parmar exposes Rajat Sharma & co". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
- "AAP KI ADALAT : A DESERVING CELEBRATION OF 21 YEARS". www.indiatvnews.com.
- "Your right to know: Many Padma award winners not from list of nominees". The Indian Express. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Desk, India TV News (30 March 2015). "Bharat Ratna for Madan Mohan Rajat Sharma gets Padma Bhushan". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Singh, Rohini; Venugopal, Vasudha (16 February 2015). "Rajat Sharma: How owner and face of India TV became one of India's most powerful editors". The Economic Times. Retrieved 24 April 2019.