Karan Thapar (Journalist) Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 63 Years
Wife: Nisha Thapar
Education: Doctorate In International Relations

Karan Thapar

Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth5 November 1955
Age (as in 2018)63 Years
BirthplaceSrinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownLudhiana, Punjab
SchoolThe Doon School
Stowe School, Stowe, Buckinghamshire
College/UniversityPembroke College, Cambridge
St. Antony's College, Oxford
Educational Qualification(s)Bachelor's in Economics and Political Philosophy
Doctorate in International Relations
FamilyFather- Pran Nath Thapar (Former Indian Army Personnel)
Karan Thapar Father Prem Nath Thapar
Mother- Bimla Thapar
Karan Thapar Mother Bimla Thapar
Brother- None
Sisters- Shobha Thapar, Premila Thapar, Kiran Thapar
Family TreeKaran Thapar's Family Tree
ControversyHis column in the Indian Express, titled 'The mysterious Jadhav,' which is about the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy in Pakistan, sparked the controversy for showing an anti-national stand against his own countrymen on a sensitive issue which could embarrass its own country at the international level.
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusWidower
Wife/SpouseNisha Thapar (m. 1982- 1991; died of Encephalitis on 3 December 1982 at the age of 33)
Karan Thapar With His Wife Nisha

News Presenter Karan Thapar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Karan Thapar

  • Does Karan Thapar smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Karan Thapar drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • His father was the Chief of Army Staff in the Indian Army.
  • The noted historian, Romila Thapar, is his cousin.

    Karan Thapar's Cousin Romila Thapar

    Karan Thapar’s Cousin Romila Thapar

  • While at the Doon School, he was the Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Doon School Weekly.’

    An Old Photo Of Karan Thapar

    An Old Photo Of Karan Thapar

  • He began his career in the field of journalism with ‘The Times’ in Lagos, Nigeria. Thapar later went on to become their lead writer on the Indian subcontinent before stepping down in 1981.

    Karan Thapar At The Start Of His Career

    Karan Thapar At The Start Of His Career

  • Thapar then joined ‘London Weekend Television’ in 1982 and worked with the channel for the next 11 years.
  • In 1993, he moved to India and started working with ‘The Hindustan Television Group,’ Home TV, and United Television.
  • Thapar was bestowed with the ‘Onida Pinnacle Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter Award’ in 1995 for the programme ‘The Chat Show.’
  • He set up his production house named ‘Infotainment Television’ in 2001, which produces programmes for BBC, Channel Asia News, Doordarshan, and CNBC.
  • Thapar is known for his aggressive interviews with the leading politicians and celebrities. Some of his most viewed shows are; Eyewitness, Tonight at 10, Line of Fire and War of Words, The Last Word, and India Tonight.
  • In one of his columns in Hindustan Times titled ‘A warm, understanding and caring person,’ Thapar has described the caring and deeply human character of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto along with the sense of timing that she carried.

    Karan Thapar With Benazir Bhutto

    Karan Thapar With Benazir Bhutto

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi once walked out of Thapar’s interview way back in 2007.

  • His show, ‘Devil’s Advocate’ had won the ‘Best News/Current Affairs Show’ in 2008, and he was presented the ‘News Interviewer of the Year’ at Indian News Broadcasting Awards. The same awards were presented to both, the show, and Thapar in 2011.
  • He was conferred upon with the ‘International Press Institute-India Award’ in December 2013 for his excellence in the field of journalism.
  • Thapar quit CNN-IBN in 2014 and went on to join India Today where he hosted the new show of channel titled ‘To the Point,’ and ‘Nothing But the Truth.’
  • He parted ways with the India Today Television after his three-year contract ended in March 2017.
  • Thapar has written a couple of books, namely ‘Face to Face India – Conversations With Karan Thapar,’ ‘Sunday Sentiments, Wisdom Tree,’ and ‘More Salt Than Pepper – Dropping Anchor With Karan Thapar.’