Vijay Darda, a three-time member of the Rajya Sabha, is one of the pioneering journalists of India. He is the recipient of the prestigious Feroze Gandhi Memorial Award (1990-91) for excellence in journalism. The award was handed over to him by the then prime minister of India P V Narasimha Rao. In his over 30 years stint in the profession, Darda has contributed substantially to journalism in particular and the growth of newspaper industry in general.
As chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media Limited, and IBN-Lokmat news channel and a people’s representative, he has been the voice of the people through his parliamentary work and writings. He also served as a member of the Press Council of India and contributed to the development of the journalism.
Son of the veteran freedom fighter and former Maharashtra minister, Shri. Jawaharlal Darda, Vijay Darda has carried forward the legacy of his illustrious father. Social work and service to people have been his motto in life. Modernisation is another area that Darda always espouses vigorously. Widely travelled, he has attended several national and international seminars and conferences and has also successfully headed media institutions like Indian Newspaper Society (INS), South Asian Editors Forum and Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC).
Darda attended the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos in Switzerland, United Nations Security Council meeting and Non-Aligned summit as part of many Prime Ministerial and extensively reported the deliberations. Darda was conferred the International Jurists Award-2011 for his 'seminal role' in the field of legal education in India's rural areas. President of the Supreme Court of the UK, Rt. Hon. Lord Philips, handed over the award to Darda at a function held in London.
Darda had opportunity to serve on various parliamentary committees including finance, IT (telecom), petroleum, aviation, railways, labour, Oganising Committee of Commonwealth Games etc. Coming to the aid of people in distress, particularly during natural calamities, has been his prime concern. A true nature lover, Darda always strives for conservation of wildlife and nature. A promoter of vocational and technical education, Darda has been energising all his efforts to enhance the standard of both elementary,higher and technical education with special focus on backward regions.
A connoisseur of art and sports, he is instrumental in setting up of several art and sports organisations. A prolific writer, thinker and political commentator, Darda has several books to his credit.