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Full Name  Madhu
Name  Madhu Trehan
Books  Tehelka as Metaphor
Occupation  Journalist, writer
Role  Journalist
Nephews  Ankoor Purie
Religion  Hinduism
Spouse  Naresh Trehan
Nieces  Koel Purie, Kalli Purie
Website  Newslaundry
Siblings  Aroon Purie

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Alma mater  Columbia University, New York
Known for  Founding editor, India Today (1975)
Notable work  Tehelka as Metaphor (2009)
Education  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Similar  Naresh Trehan, Aroon Purie, Koel Purie

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Madhu Purie Trehan is an Indian journalist and the founding editor of the leading Indian news magazine India Today. Currently she is the co-founder of a digital media portal called Newslaundry.


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Trehan studied abroad, first at Harrow Technical College & School of Arts in London in 1968, learning journalistic photography and later at Columbia University in New York, where she earned a master's degree in journalism in 1971. While in New York, she worked at the United Nations in their press department, and served as an editor for a weekly newspaper, India Abroad.

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Trehan returned to India in 1975 when she founded and started the news magazine India Today, with her father V.V.Purie, owner of Thomson Press. Trehan left the magazine to her brother's stewardship in 1977 during her pregnancy, and returned to New York to start her family. Upon her return to India in 1986, Trehan produced and anchored Newstrack, India's first video news magazine, which earned her a reputation as a pioneering investigative journalist.

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In 1994, Madhu Trehan took the rare and only interview of Yakub Memon who was convicted in 1993 Bombay bombings. In 2009 Trehan published her first book, Tehelka as Metaphor: Prism Me a Lie, Tell Me a Truth, examining the 2001 Operation West End exposé and its aftermath.

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Trehan has written for leading news magazines and newspapers such as Outlook India and Hindustan Times. In 2000 she launched Wah India, a website and print magazine. She, along with three other colleagues, also launched a crowd-sourced media critique website called Newslaundry in February 2012.

2001 Delhi High Court ruling

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On 25 May 2001 the Delhi High Court ruled 3–2 that Trehan and four other journalists on Wah India were guilty of contempt of court for an article which they published "rating the High Court's Judges in terms of various attributes and qualities". The article purportedly interviewed 50 unnamed senior lawyers to reach its conclusions. In April, the court had ordered Delhi police to seize copies of the offending issue from newsstands and raid the magazine's Delhi office. The court also banned the media from reporting on the case, but withdrew the ban on 2 May in response to media protest. Three days after being found in contempt of court, Trehan and her colleagues apologised to the justices, and their apology was accepted.


Trehan is married to Indian heart surgeon Naresh Trehan. Aroon Purie founder-publisher and editor-in-chief of India Today is her brother and Koel Purie is her niece.


  • Tehelka as Metaphor: Prism Me a Lie, Tell Me a Truth. Roli Books. 2010. ISBN 817436580X. 
  • References

    Madhu Trehan Wikipedia