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Author & Journalist
Managing Editor, The Federal
Editor, Article-14
Television Journalist

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 22 May 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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Providing clarity on the state of the Indian media today and touching upon the declining power and role of an editor, Ruben Banerjee, senior journalist and writer, will speak about his upcoming book Editor Missing: The Media in Today’s India. A one-on-one conversation between Maya Sharma, journalist (NDTV) and Banerjee will be followed by a panel discussion with KS Dakshina Murthy, Managing Editor, The Federal, and Samar Halarnkar, columnist and journalist. A short Q&A session with the audience will follow the discussion.

Banerjee was the editor-in-chief of Outlook. The title of the book is in reference to the magazine’s provocative cover titled ‘Missing’ (24th May 2021). Banerjee exited Outlook magazine in September 2021 shortly after that. He has worked as the National Affairs Editor of Hindustan Times and as an editor with Al Jazeera English, India Today and the Indian Express. He is the author of Naveen Patnaik, an unauthorised biography of the Odisha chief minister and The Orissa Tragedy: a Cyclone’s Year of Tragedy. This is his third book.

With over three decades of experience as a journalist, Banerjee knows the industry like the back of his hand. He has witnessed, observed, and experienced the highs and lows of Indian media. The book gives us a glimpse into the lives of editors; strife with political and corporate pressures, the book addresses the risks involved in upsetting the powerful.

In collaboration with Indian Institute Of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM)


Ruben Banerjee

Author & Journalist

Ruben Banerjee was the editor-in-chief at Outlook group during one of the most challenging times faced by the Indian media and there was never a dull moment. Even the manner in which his editorship ended was eventful, adding further drama to a long career characterized by many twists and turns.

Having started out as a reporter with Newstime, the now-defunct daily in Hyderabad, he worked across several states – first as a reporter with the Indian Express and then for India Today. He later went abroad and worked with Al Jazeera for twelve years in Doha, Qatar.

On returning and before taking over the reins at Outlook, he led the countrywide news network of Hindustan Times as its national affairs editor.

Editor Missing: The Media in Today’s India is his third book, after The Orissa Tragedy: A Cyclone’s Year of Calamity and Naveen Patnaik, an unauthorized biography of the Odisha chief minister.

Dakshina Murthy KS

Managing Editor, The Federal

K.S. Dakshina Murthy was a key member of the Editorial team that launched the English language version of the Al-Jazeera news website in 2003. He is Managing Editor at The Federal news website, and writes for prominent publications in India and abroad. He is the author of “The Anopheles Sting”, a book of fiction, published in 2013 by Dronequill.

Samar Halarnkar

Editor, Article-14

Samar Halarnkar is editor of Article 14 (www.article-14.com), a website focused on issues related to the rule of law in India, and a columnist for Scroll.in. He is also cofounder of the India Love Project (@indialoveproject), an Instagram handle that curates stories of love beyond the boundaries of caste, faith, gender and ethnicity. His work has appeared in a variety of international and national publications, including the New York Times, The Globe and Mail (Canada), and Arab News. A journalist for 31 years and former Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times, Halarnkar was also an editor at The Indian Express and India Today. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard. He has won national awards on investigative and technology reporting and is the author of two books.

Maya Sharma

Television Journalist

Maya Sharma has been a television journalist for over 30 years – as reporter, anchor and documentary filmmaker. Maya has covered major news stories within the country and abroad—from the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, and the Covid-19 pandemic to the swearing in of Nelson Mandela and the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and Washington.