A story from rags to riches. Padma Bhushan Rajat Sharma, a name well known today as a Chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV. Better known for his work in
Aap Ki Adalat
is a familiar face in the Television industry featuring in is currently the President of the NBA and Vice President of Strategic Affairs of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth but had to make up his way up. Born and brought up in old Delhi with seven brothers, a sister, an ailing mother and a father lived in a cramped apartment of 10 X 10 where he lived a humble life. Life was harsh without the basic amenities of water, electricity and quality education. Today, a celebrity once went to a municipal school and studied under the lamp post.
As he was good in studies, he went to Ramjas School in Karol Bagh and then secured a place in SRCC. Due to Financial position of his family he had to give tuitions in the mornings and evenings and had to attend classes during the day. An orator even then he became an active member of JP or well known as Jayaprakash Narayan movement. His main source of inspiration had been the hardships he faced and his father when once dejected to watch televisions by a neighbour his father advised him instead of going to neighbours watch to do something so that he appears on the television. These words inspired him to create his identity. During his early struggle period after completing M.Com, he worked with Mr Janardan Thakur as a researcher.
He also worked at the Onlooker magazine as a trainee reporter, from there he moved as an Editor of Sunday Observer and then to The Daily. Adalat Kind of the interview was being planned by Chairman of Zee Network, Mr Subhash Chandra, which came out as the turning point for Rajat Sharma. The episode shot with Lalu Prasad Yadav of Adalat went on air on March 14, 1993. He along with his wife Ritu Dhawan started a bulletin in 1995 which beamed across Asia, North Africa and Europe. Later they started their house production INS, which is the parent company of India TV. India TV stared out for serious journalism featuring important issues concerning society, but the ratings went down tremendously as it was not economically viable. It was the time when India TV turned from serious to popular news channel.
With the increasing revenues the channel started featuring concrete news.They revamped the look and made it classier. Today he owns the best studio in India.