Ms Sucheta Dalal is an award-winning business journalist and author and her career is founded on many newsbreaks, insightful analysis and high integrity. She has been a journalist for 25 years and was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri for journalism in 2006. The 'Padma Awards', announced on the eve of India's Republic Day, are among the highest civilian awards in the country and are conferred for distinguished service and excellence in various fields. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Award instituted by the Media Foundation for excellence in journalism, and Femina’s Woman of Substance award for her work on the Harshad Mehta scam in 1992 and related writing.
Sucheta is a BSc. in Statistics from Karnatak College, followed up with a graduate and post graduate degree in law (LLB and LLM) from Bombay University. Her journalistic career began in 1984 with Fortune India, an investment magazine. She has subsequently worked with Business Standard and The Economic Times and then went on to become Financial Editor of The Times of India. She has been a columnist and consulting editor for The Indian Express group until 2008. She is now a Consulting Editor for MoneyLIFE a personal finance fortnightly (www.moneylife.in). Her columns are also published by various publications including the Dainik Hindustan.
Sucheta's areas of interest are the capital market, investor related issues, consumer issues and the infrastructure sector. She is well-known for her numerous investigative pieces in all these areas and most notably for breaking the securities scam in 1992 which was India’s biggest financial scandal until then.
She has co-authored a book on the securities scam with her husband Debashis Basu called The Scam: Who Won, Who lost, Who got away (1993). This book, which was a best seller that year, has been revised, updated and re-released in 2001 and again in 2005 (It is now called The Scam: From Harshad Mehta To Ketan Parekh). In March 2000, she wrote a biography of A.D.Shroff, who was considered a financial genius in the 1950s. (Published by Viking books of Penguin). Pathbreakers -- a book of 26 inspiring interviews with eminent Indians -- by Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu was also released in July 2007.
Ms Dalal takes active interest in consumer and investor related issues. She has been a Member of the Investor Protection and Education Fund set up by the Government of India under the Department of Company Affairs and a member of the Primary Market Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. She is a Trustee of the Consumer Education and Research Centre of Ahmedabad, which is among the largest consumer and investor advocacy groups in India. She is also a Member of Bank of Baroda’s Standing Committee on consumer services and a member of the Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).