About Rajiv Shah

Former political editor of the Times of India, Ahmedabad, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat’s capital, Rajiv covered the state government between late 1997 and early 2013. In formal journalism since 1979, Rajiv believes in what George Orwell said, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations."
Before he joined the Times of India as assistant editor in 1993, he was special correspondent in Moscow, covering Mikhail Gorbachev's rise and fall between 1986 and 1993 for Patriot, Delhi's semi-Left paper, and newsmagazine Link. Though ideologies have fascinated him, he feels, in the changed scenario, they are losing ground. And what's taking the space? "I'm a newsman. How do I know?" he says.
As a prolific blogger, Rajiv has been associated with the Times of India's online blogging site. His stories/blogs (archived HERE) have been a modest attempt to bring forth impressions of the life around and efforts of the establishment to influence it. One who has had close access to the political and bureaucratic elite in the Gujarat capital, one of Rajiv's aims has been to find out if there are any ideological considerations behind what all one seeks to do. In a high-voltage political world, do ideas matter? Or, is objective reality so powerful that ideas are forced to mould and bend? He seeks to find an answer – indeed, not as an ideologue.
Rajiv is currently associated as consultant with counterview.org, set up as an interactive platform by a group of rights-based voluntary organizations (Janvikas, Centre for Social Justice, Dalit Shakti Kendra and Navsarjan Trust) in Ahmedabad;  www.counterview.net is a news and views blog site not associated or supported by any organisation, and is purely voluntary. It sources on whatever is available in the public domain.
Contact: Rajiv Shah, editor@counterview.net
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