Rohit Sardana (22 September 1979 – 30 April 2021) was an Indian anchor, writer, and proofreader. He had facilitated Taal Thok Ke, a discussion program of Zee News before leaving for Aaj Tak in 2017, where he secured the early evening show Dangal. Considered to be a piece of the favorable to government media foundation, he has been reprimanded for acquiescence towards the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Early life and education
Sardana had a Bachelor of Arts degree in brain research. From 2000 to 2002, Sardana finished his scholarly work to procure a post-advanced education in mass correspondence from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology.
From March 2002 to July 2003, Sardana functioned as a duplicate manager. As a learner duplicate manager, Sardana was presented with the details of securing, copywriting, altering, creation, and after-creation work. Alongside mastering these abilities, Sardana concentrated on the working of a 24-hour news channel. Sardana filled in as an associate maker at Sahara Samay from 2003 to 2004.
Beginning around 2004, Sardana worked at Zee News in the capacity of a leader, manager, anchor, news moderator, and host for the organization’s Hindi language programs. He was a senior anchor at Aaj Tak. Sardana previously worked with the ETV Network and Akashvani. Sardana likewise delivered Karmakshetra, where MPs were surveyed, and a “report card” was made by Sardana crafted by the MPs for their particular voting demographic ahead of the 2014 Indian general elections.
He facilitated a show called Dangal (interpretation: Arena) on Aaj Tak which included discussion panels. The show has been contrasted with Radio Rwanda and he was censured for disparaging Muslims, empowering patriotism, and fortifying the Hindu-Muslim polarity through his show. Sardana was viewed as a piece of the favorable to government media foundation in India and has additionally been condemned for acquiescence towards Narendra Modi and the decision Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2018, he was granted the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar grant by the Government of India.
He has served as a news anchor, journalist, editor, and media personality.
News anchors’ roles include covering important national, regional, and international stories.
As a journalist, Rohit was the Editor-In-Chief of The Economic Times and India Today Group websites. He covered breaking news and trending news stories on all platforms including print, digital, and TV media reporting. During his tenure of 4 years as the Editor-In-Chief of The Economic Times, he introduced a new system for news gathering which included an earlier release for all major news stories (like Union Budget). He extended the coverage to cover financial markets, stock market trends, commodities market trends, and much more. He has been on the jury panel of the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, CNN IBN Lokmat Award (2014), Zee News Award for Best Anchor in a Debate/Discussion Program, The Economic Times Business Leader Awards, Times Power Women (2012).
In his book, “The Great Indian Middle Class”, writer and commentator Pavan Varma confirms that “Rohit Sardana rose to prominence during 2012 presidential elections. He was an anchor at Aaj Tak where he anchored the debate show Dangal where he asked tough questions of politicians and political party heads. He was also among those anchors at Aaj Tak who vehemently opposed government regulation on media and had openly campaigned against it. Despite being a part of the media that was constantly targeted by critics, Rohit Sardana’s popularity increased with time. He was quite vocal in supporting Narendra Modi.”
Rohit Sardana contracted the disease known as pancreatic cancer on 30 April 2021, at age 41. He was survived by his wife and 3 children.
On the day of his demise, Aaj Tak arranged a special show and asked questions to be answered by his viewers, friends, politicians, and non-politicians alike. Several celebrities like Arvind Kejriwal and Maneka Gandhi appeared on this show dedicated to him to pay their last respects to him. India TV paid their homage to him as well.
On 8 May 2021, Aaj Tak shut down permanently to devote its resources to celebrating Sardana’s life and career.
Rohit Sardana was interviewed by CNN and the clip of this interview went viral on social media platforms in India. The interview focused on his career and the dilemma he faced in his native India because of his political agenda and views. He faced lots of backlash from journalists and political figures because of it but he was never afraid to speak his mind even if that meant he would be targeted. In the interview, he told his personal story of how he became a journalist and why he chose this career. He told CNN that he was struggling to make a living when someone suggested that he should start writing. He decided to follow this advice and started writing articles for different digital magazines. His story soon caught the attention of one of the digital magazines which offered him a job as an editor.
In addition to being an inspiration for aspiring journalists everywhere, Sardana was also an inspiration for many Indian political figures who faced public scrutiny when they stumbled or made mistakes. Sardana was first acknowledged for his bold and honest opinion in the Indian Presidential Elections 2012. He was frequently interviewed on TV talk shows and programs and was criticized by some of the politicians who faced criticism. He continued to express his forceful opinion despite being pressured by several influential figures, media houses and even did interviews with independent media outlets. He continuously criticized the editing methods of some other news networks as well.
Rohit Sardana worked at Aaj Tak for over 4 years before quitting in December 2013 to work full-time at Aaj Tak’s parent company ET Media, which later closed its doors in 2017. He was able to help Aaj Tak become the number 1 news network in 25 cities across India and had an average viewership of 19 million. His popularity grew quickly which helped him launch several shows on Aaj Tak including “Karmakshetra – Daridra Aur Adhikar”, “Saugandh”, and Essay Writing Show Contest.
After suffering from pancreatic cancer for about two years, Sardana passed away on 30 April 2021 at age 41. After his death, a special program was arranged by the IBN Network where people were invited to come forward and share their thoughts and memories they had after knowing Sardana.