Born on 11 March 1954 Vinod Dua is one of the familiar faces of Indian media. He has been connected with the Indian television with effect from 1974. He has been in the Indian media for a long time and has witnessed its transition. Vinod Dua is a political commentator, anchor, director, and producer. He also tested waters as an election analyst. The year 2008 was a landmark in his career since he fetched the Government of India’s Padmashree for Journalism.
The initial life of Vinod Dua was in the refugee areas of Delhi. He pursued English Literature from Hans College. He also did a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Delhi.
During his college and school time, Vinod tested waters in debating and singing. Moreover, he endeavored into theater activity up to the mid-80s. Vinod showed his writing prowess by penning a couple of plays for children. He was also associated with the Theater Union, which is a street theater group. This group presented plays that were against social issues.
Vinod’s first stint with television was during 1974; the program was Yuva Munch that is a youth show in Hindi. Yuv Jan was another show hosted by Vinod, in 1975. This program was mainly for the youngsters of Muzaffarpur, Raipur, and Jaipur. Jawan Tarang was another program anchored by him, and it was aired on Amristar TV. This program was also during the year 1975. Till 1980, he worked with few channels as an anchor. Aap Ke Liye was anchored by Vinod till 1984. 1984 was a landmark in the career of Vinod since he anchored Doordarshan’s election analysis programs along with the reputed Dr. Prannoy Roy. After this, Vinod was consistently seen in election analysis programs.
The year 1985 saw Vinod anchoring Janvani. In this program, the ministers were posed questions by laymen. The Communication Group is a production company started by Vinod during 1988. This program dealt with budget analyzes, current affairs, etc. The years 1992 to 1996 saw Vinod producing Parakh; that was a current issues magazine. This was aired on Doordarshan.
Vinod got himself associated with NDTV through the travel program Zalka India Ka, and he became very famous. Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri and Chunav Chunauti Ka is a couple of other programs that he anchored.