H K Dua,Senior Journalist and Political Commentator
Former Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha
Mr H.K. Dua, Former member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), is one of the senior-most journalists of the country, having served as editor for over 15 years in four leading national dailies. He has been the Editor of the Hindustan Times, Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express,Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Publications and Editorial Advisor of The Times of India.
Mr Dua’s journalistic career spans over four decades, his major areas of interest being political and international affairs. He has reported Parliament, political parties, several general elections etc. He has also been commenting on national and international affairs in his column as well as on TV channels.
Under his long tenure as Editor, the Hindustan Times made great headway and acquired the standing of one of the most important, credible, objective and independent national dailies. While in news coverage he has always emphasized credibility, on the editorial pages he is known to take bold and non-partisan position on major issues of national concern. He has also encouraged debate on vital issues on opinion pages so that readers have access to different viewpoints.
During his extensive travels abroad as a journalist, Mr Dua has interviewed several distinguished world leaders. They include: Margaret Thatcher, China’s Li Peng, Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Iran’s Rafsanjani, among several others.
Mr Dua was the President of the Editors’ Guild of India for two terms.
He has served as Press Advisor to two Prime Ministers and an Ambassador of India to Denmark, prior to his taking up his present assignment with the Tribune.
Mr Dua has several prestigious awards to his credit, apart from the Padma Bhushan which the President K.R. Narayanan conferred on him in 1998 for distinguished service to journalism.
He has received the Durga Rattan award for Excellence in Journalism, the Freedom of Information Award, the G.K. Reddy Award and the B.D. Goenka Award.
Mr Dua is a former member of the National Security Advisory Board.
He has also been conferred honorary degree of D.Lit. by Kurukshetra University.