25 October, 2020

Sharper Than Naked Injustice

Journalists small and mighty suffered the Emergency defiantly, then resisted and defeated plans to muzzle the press. We look towards their example in gathering dusk.

Editors In Large
Indian journalism turned a corner under (Clockwise from left) Kuldip Nayar, Dilip Padgaonkar, S. Nihal Singh, Vinod Mehta and Ajit Bhattacharjea
Sharper Than Naked Injustice

Kuldip Nayar belonged to a generation of edi­tors and senior journalists who ranged over India’s newspaper/magazine printscape from the time of Frank Moraes, S. Mulgaonkar and Prem Bhatia to that of the present generation of practitioners. Most of them have crossed over to the hereafter. With apologies for any possible exclusion, their distinguished ranks include B.G. Verghese, Ajit Bhattacharjea, Girilal Jain, V.K. Nar­asimhan, Pran Chopra, S. Nihal Singh, Inder Mal­hotra, Sachchidanand Sahay, Dilip Mukherjee, Vinod Mehta, Amalendu Dasgupta and Dilip Padgaonkar.

Their contributions and the nature of their journalism varied. Kuldip Nayar’s forte was bringing behind-the-scene developments and concealed passages to the foreground of public view. B.G. Verghese played a pioneering role in making rural reporting and developmental journalism visibly important components of the craft. Ajit Bhattacharjea was known for his informed political writings and concern for human rights and social justice. Girilal Jain was a scholarly conservative with an eloquent...



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