Rohit Sardana

Rohit Sardana
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Born(1979-09-22)22 September 1979
Died30 April 2021(2021-04-30) (aged 41)
OccupationNews anchor, Journalist, Editor
Years active2000–2021
EmployerZee News
Aaj Tak
Known forAnchoring TV shows Dangal on Aaj Tak and Taal Thok ke on Zee News
Spouse(s)Pramila Dixit
AwardsGanesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar (2018)

Rohit Sardana (22 September 1979 – 30 April 2021) was an Indian anchor and media personality. He had hosted Taal Thok Ke, a debate programme which discusses contemporary issues in India on Zee News. He left Zee News to join Aaj Tak in 2017.[1][2]

Early life and education

Sardana had a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. From 2000 to 2002, Sardana completed his academic work to earn a post-graduate degree in mass communication from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology.[2]


From March 2002 to July 2003, Sardana worked as a copy-editor. As a trainee copy-editor, Sardana was exposed to the technicalities of anchoring, copywriting, editing, production, and post-production work. Along with learning these skills, Sardana studied the functioning of a 24-hour news channel. Sardana worked as an assistant producer at Sahara Samay from 2003 to 2004.[3]

Since 2004, Sardana worked at Zee News in the capacity of an executive editor, anchor, news presenter and host for the network's Hindi language programmes. He was a senior anchor at Aaj Tak. Sardana formerly worked with the ETV Network and Akashvani.[4] Sardana also produced Karmakshetra, where MPs were assessed and "report card" was created by Sardana on the work of the MPs for their respective constituency in advance of the 2014 Indian general elections.[3]

He hosted a show called Dangal (translation: Arena) on Aaj Tak which featured debate panels.[5] The show has been compared to Radio Rwanda and he was criticised for demonizing Muslims, encouraging jingoism and strengthening the Hindu-Muslim dichotomy through his show.[6][7][8][9][10] Sardana was considered to be a part of the pro-government media establishment in India and has also been criticised for subservience towards Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.[11][12][13][14] In 2018, he was awarded with the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar award by the Government of India.[15]


In November 2017, Sardana sparked a controversy when he tweeted asking why the title of 'Sexy' was only put after a Hindu goddess and asked if the same could be done for other names as well. In his tweet, he had referred to women in Islam and Christianity including Prophet Muhammad's wife Ayesha, daughter Fatima and Mary, Jesus Christ's mother.[16][17] In response, Several Muslim groups went on to file complaints against the journalist and he and his family was subjected to online harassment and sent death threats by netizens.[17][18][19] A Shia Muslim group attacked the Aaj Tak's Bengaluru office in response to the tweet.[20][21]


He died of a heart attack after testing positive for COVID-19.[22] President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi,[23] Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia,[24] Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot,[25] Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh among many expressed their condolences on his death.[26]


  1. ^ "Rohit Sardana". Zee News. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Deepak, Vishwa (18 March 2016). "A Former Zee News Producer Reveals Why He Left Over The Network's Coverage Of JNU". Caravan Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2021. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  3. ^ a b "RIP Aaj Tak TV Journalist Rohit Sardana passed away due to Heart Attack after suffering from Covid-19". jagrantv. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Biography of Rohit Sardana". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  5. ^ Team, N. L. "Looking back, 2019: The highs and lows of Indian journalism". Newslaundry. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  6. ^ Sik, Zainab; er (13 April 2020). "Indian media is waging a holy war against Muslims. It acts like hyenas". ThePrint. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ "The India-Pakistan Cricket Rivalry Is Dead. The Hype Needs to Die Too". The Wire. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  8. ^ Team, N. L. "Rohit Sardana aka walking-talking Radio Rwanda does it again". Newslaundry. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  9. ^ "One tale, two narratives: Aaj Tak's reportage on Kasganj violence". Alt News.
  10. ^ "Aaj Tak Blames Congress Bihar Polls Candidate For Jinnah Portrait Hanging at AMU Since 1938". The Wire.
  11. ^ "India's pro-government media aka GODI media". 9 January 2021.
  12. ^ "'Big success for Modi Sarkar': How news channels aired unverified news on India's 'pinpoint strikes' in PoK".
  13. ^ "Indian journalists quote Chinese casualties based on unverified source". Alt News.
  14. ^ "India Today Group, Times Now air old images of PLA cemetery as graves of Chinese killed in Galwan". Alt News.
  15. ^ तिवारी, अटल (22 April 2018). "रोहित सरदाना को गणेश शंकर विद्यार्थी पुरस्कार देने वालों की बुद्धि पर तरस खाया जा सकता है". The Wire - Hindi. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  16. ^ "India Today's B'luru office attacked by Shia Muslim group over Rohit Sardana's remark".
  17. ^ a b Ray, Sanjana (24 November 2017). "Protests, Death Threats Over Aaj Tak Journo Rohit Sardana's Tweet". TheQuint. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Hundreds hit streets to protest controversial tweet".
  19. ^ "Protests in Hyd's Old City against journalist Rohit Sardana for 'blasphemous' tweet".
  20. ^ "Protests, Death Threats Over Aaj Tak Journo Rohit Sardana's Tweet".
  21. ^ Mondal, Swarnami Mondal (24 November 2017). "Bengaluru: Shia Muslim Group Attacked India Today's Office Over Aaj Tak TV Anchor Rohit Sardana's Comment". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  22. ^ Bureau, ABP News (30 April 2021). "Well-Known TV News Anchor Rohit Sardana Passed Away After kidney failure; Had Contracted Coronavirus". Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  23. ^ "PM condoles death of Rohit Sardana".
  24. ^ "TV journalist Rohit Sardana passes away". Press Trust of India.
  25. ^ ब्यूरो, पॉलिटॉक्स. "नहीं रहा 'दंगल' का उस्ताद 'न्यूजमैन' रोहित सरदाना, दिग्गजों ने दी श्रद्धांजलि". PoliTalks News. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  26. ^ "Tributes pour in for Aaj Tak anchor Rohit Sardana". India Today. Retrieved 30 April 2021.


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