Gautam Adhikari, a well-regarded journalist, academic and television commentator, is stepping down as the editorial pages editor at The Times of India effective June 5. He was also group editorial advisor to The Times Group as well as dean at the Times Centre for Media Studies.
“I’m going back to the United States to spend more time with my family. I have signed two book deals and will be focussed on writing now,” Adhikari said. Swagato Ganguly, deputy edit pages editor, will handle the edit pages for the time being.
Adhikari is an old Times hand, and has been the executive editor of the paper during 1994-97. He has also worked as a consultant at the World Bank and at several thinktanks, including the American Enterprise Institute. He has also held various teaching and research positions at Harvard University, George Washington University and George Mason Universty. In 2005, he joined the Mumbai-headquartered Daily News and Analysis as that paper’s founding editor-in-chief. In April 2007, he left and returned to TOI’s publisher Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, where he has now spent 22 years in all.