Was it pure politics that forced the closure of Aaj Dinank?
We were the first to carry an anti-Thackeray editorial following the Kini case. That annoyed Thackeray and he told Mukesh Patel to get me out of there. It was a question of closing the paper or compromising on our stand. We preferred the former.
Why did you have a pro-"mafia government" Mukesh Patel as Aaj Dinank's financier?
The financier Bhupesh Patel, who is Mukesh's brother, was more pro-Congress then. The leaning towards the Sena is a recent development.
The loss of a financier could prove costly for Saanj Dinank as well.
It is a challenge, yes. But it will make Saanj Dinank editorially stronger than Aaj Dinank.
You have been accused of trying to catch the tiger by his tail.
I am against the mafia Raj.
Would that make you anti-establishment or anti-Sena?
I am against the present government. That includes Balasaheb and Raj Thackeray.
Is it true that the Sena supremo saw red everytime Aaj Dinank did not see...