Is journalism a mission, a profession or a mere business? At a time when much of politics has become crass commerce, and when money-making rackets have smeared the image of other noble professions like law, medicine and education, some mediapersons are bound to question: Why is journalism expected to be different?
Journalism has to be different because journalism is different.
And Outlook has certainly struggled to be different. This is no mean achievement, considering that even leading media brands in India have openly declared that theirs is just another business like any other business. Hence, as the magazine enters its twentieth year, it deserves bouquets.
However, some criticism is also in order. I have often disliked Outlook’s penchant, in its attempt to be anti-establishment, for negativism, cynicism and anti-Hindu bias. I was aghast when, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, it ran a cover feature that called the great patriotic monk a ‘Hindu Supremacist’....