First, the obvious. When I founded Sterling Newspapers Pvt Ltd in 1980, the world was a very different place: no satellite TV, no internet, no mobile phones and certainly no apps. But there was a frisson of excitement that ran through journalism like an electric current. The Emergency had been lifted only three years ago. The first non-Congress government had collapsed. Indira Gandhi was back as prime minister. The next decade would be the most turbulent in contemporary Indian history: the Khalistani insurgency in Punjab, Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the beginning of Pakistan-sponsoredterrorism in Jammu & Kashmir and the arrival of V.P. Singh’s Mandal politics, which continues to cast its shadow even today, after so many years.