29 July, 2021

Why I Love Outlook

The magazine has consistently stood up for eternal, secular, liberal, pluralistic, inclusive and democratic values.

Sanjay Rawat
Why I Love Outlook

The obvious first reason why many people, including me, are fond of Outlook, is precisely because it invites and welcomes, without hesitation and in equal measure, thoughts which may be diametrically opposite to what I am saying here. There is unanimity that Outlook, especially under the long, wise and able stewardship of Vinod Mehta, established irreversibly its virtues of fearlessness, candour, transparency and objective search for truth. I was particularly attracted to Vinod’s non-pompous, authority-puncturing irreverence. He never allowed the self-importance of pompous persons to deter, deflect or dilute Outlook’s punch. But whether in print or on talk shows, he did his puncturing without malice, without superiority or condescension and always with an endearingly self-deprecatory humour. That brand equity suits Outlook and must remain its guiding polestar. Outlook exemplified the complete and ideal insulation between ownership and editorial independence, which is rapidly vanishing in other media. The magazine has also...

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