30 November, 2020

Why I Love To Hate Outlook

Let Outlook prise stories of inventiveness from the village, the school, the fishing boat and the laboratory...

Why I Love To Hate Outlook

I saw the very first issue of Outlook when I was with a rural development organisation. The issue did the rounds of the senior staff. Reactions were animated. India Today had competition a full 20 years after its launch.

I have since seen the magazine occasionally. And have always felt that it could be more trenchant and more “serial-centric”. I was a regular reader of Time magazine during the Vietnam War and marvelled at how “the-story-so-far” was encapsulated and intertwined within the current narrative in every issue. Why cannot Outlook take on a crusade of issues?

J.K. Rowling is yet one more to point out the complicity of Silent Majority: “…without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it, through our own apathy.” Our apathy must not be allowed to settle and harden.

I am dismayed that you have gone on the current attraction murder route by featuring the people involved on your front cover. Do they actually warrant or qualify for such prominence?...



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