06 December, 2020

Two dedicated Mumbai journalists wage war against communalism

Two dedicated Mumbai journalists wage war against communalism

THE resolve had been long in the making, but for Mumbai-based journalists Javed Anand and Teesta Setalvad, the ’93 Bombay riots formed the turning point. The pogroms, the manipulation of half-truths, the political subterfuge shook them deeply. Successful careers at the Sunday Observer and Indian Express suddenly meant very little, and both opted out, choosing instead, to quote Teesta, the "tremendous satisfaction of cause-related journalism." The logic was, if the R S S, Shiv Sena and   Jamaat-e-Islami could have the Organiser, Saamna and Radiance— why couldn’t they have a publication that would work as a watchdog and expose the rhetoric of hatred ?

Thus was born Communalism Combat (C C), a slim but feisty monthly, under the umbrella of Sabrang Communications. It was exhausting work; steeped with passion, but financially taxing. Besides exposes on issues like the Talibanisation of Pakistan, the Srikrishna panel report and the Staines’ killing, CC translates and...



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