ANIL DHARKER – WRITER & COLUMNIST At various stages in his life, ANIL DHARKER has donned many hats:
ICONS, Men and Women Who Shaped Today’s India (Roli Books): This is an anthology which includes essays on 20 modern day icons in important fields of human activity
The Romance of Salt (Roli Books): The first half of the book is about Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, while the second half is about the surprisingly dramatic history of salt through the ages
The Man Who Talked to Machines Eminence Designs): A biography of industrialist O P Jindal, a real rags to riches story
Sorry Not Ready (Harper Collins): A collection of Anil Dharker’s Television reviews at a time when the only channel in the country was Doordarshan (called PMdarshan by Dharker)
Anil Dharker is the HONORARY CONSUL for Luxembourg in Mumbai for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
He is a Trustee of the Citizens for Justice and Peace, an NGO fighting for redressal in miscarriages of justice
He is on the Advisory Board of several FILM FUNDS for the production of films in India.
He is a Consultant on ART for art galleries and portals
Anil Dharker is the Festival Director of the MUMBAI LITERARY FESTIVAL.
He is also Chairman, the SINGLE MALT CLUB OF INDIA
Anil Dharker is a SALZBURG FELLOW of the Salzburg Institute, Austria
His degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical ENGINEERING (from the University of London), led to a position on the academic staff of the University of Glasgow. On returning to India, he become a Senior Consultant to Pheroze Kandianavala & Associates, one of India’s leading architectural practices, where he pioneered the concept of fire safety in multi-storied buildings.His articles on CINEMA led to an appointment to the Board of Film Censorswhere he proposed a simplified and liberal censorship code which would be adaptable to changing times and moral values.He then became a promoter of New Cinema in India by first being in charge of Scripts and Production, and then heading the Film Finance Corporation which then became the National Film Development Corporation. During this period many young film-makers made their first films. Notable amognst them were names like Govind Nihalani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Mirza, Ketan Mehta, Aparna Sen and many others. It was also at this time that Sir Richard Attenborough brought his script of Gandhi to NFDC, and the Corporation became the multiple Oscar winning film’s Co-producer.
As a JOURNALIST, ANIL DHARKER has been editor of the some of India’s best known publications, such as The Illustrated Weekly of India (India’s oldest English language magazine), The Independent (described by Dr Manmohan Singh as ‘India’s best newspaper’) and Mid-day, India’s largest evening newspaper. Through the years ANIL DHARKER has been a columnist for many of India’s leading newspapers such as The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Hindu and DNA. He has also been a columnist for Gulf News and Khaleej Times. Foreign publications he has written for include The Independent (London), The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Glasgow Herald, Foreign Policy (Washington).
He has also been a Film critic (Debonair magazine) and a TV critic (The Sunday Observer)
Anil Dharker’s interest in the medium of TELEVISION led to him becoming President of Dalal Street Journal’s channel India TV, then poised to take off. He was later briefly Creative Director of the Zee Television Network and Chairman of Kaarnik Communications, a TV software company.
Over the years he has conducted hundreds of TV interviews with well-known people from India and abroad. Those interviewed have included Prime Ministers, Governors, Nobel Prize winning writers, film directors, actors and cricketers. He is often seen on news programmes on all leading channels as an expert on current affairs.