LONDON: Indian-born Amol Rajan made history in Britain on Monday by becoming the first non-white editor of any national newspaper when The Independent put him at the helm.
He is the second youngest person to become editor of a British national daily after Piers Morgan who was 28 when he appointed editor of the News of the World and later replaced Larry King on CNN.
Rajan, 29, who was born in Kolkata, moved to Britain when he was three. He has been the comment editor of the newspaper till now.
He studied English literature at Cambridge University before joining the London Evening Standard as a reporter and then moving to Channel 5.
After a couple of years, he joined the Independent covering general and sports news. Later, he was elevated as assistant comment editor and then deputy comment editor of the paper.
Rajan’s impressive resume also includes his keen interest in cricket on which has has authored a book titled Twirlymen: The Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Bowlers. He has also been writing a food column for the newspaper and appearing as a judge on BBC1’s MasterChef programme.
But more than anything, he is considered very close to newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev who wants young people to be the helm.
In a tweet after his appointment to the top job, Rajan said,“Really don’t care how trite this sounds: best thing about my new job is leading the most fantastic team of journalists in Fleet St.’’