Within just two months of joining the India Today Group, Shekhar Gupta has called it quits. He had joined as vice chairman and editor-in-chief of the group's entire gamut of products, including all news and business publications, news TV brands and all related news and digital brands.
Gupta has received many accolades for his contribution to the field of journalism. Under his leadership, The Indian Express won the Vienna-based International Press Institute's Award for Outstanding Journalism in Public Interest, thrice - for its coverage of the Gujarat riots of 2002, for uncovering the Bihar flood relief scam in 2005 and for its sustained investigation of the Malegaon and Modasa blasts of 2008.
Gupta's awards include the 1985 Inlaks Award for Young Journalist of the Year, G K Reddy Award for Journalism and the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2009.