The man who brought professionalism to Hindi journalism

 

DB Post 13 April 2017

NK SINGH

The invite had come in the name of Ramesh Chandra Agarwal, the chairman of Bhaskar group of publications. But, unlike most of the proprietors of regional newspapers, Rameshji did not jump at the opportunity to accompany the Prime Minister on his foreign trip.

Instead, he recommended my name —- I had just joined Dainik Bhaskar, DB Post’s sister publication —- and ensured that the invite was re-routed to include me in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s official press party.

When I landed in New York in the fall of 2000 to cover the Prime Minister’s visit to USA, Switzerland and Germany, I was in for a surprise.

The media contingent was teeming with owner-editors of regional newspapers, particularly Hindi newspapers, eager to reap the double benefit of proximity to PM and a subsidised foreign junket.

It was then that I realised the importance of what Rameshji had done.

He was trying to introduce professionalism to the world of regional newspapers. He was bringing in professionals to run his newspapers, giving them freedom to experiment with the product, even if it meant curtailing his own power.

That is no mean sacrifice, as those familiar with regional newspaper world would tell you. He is the man who brought professionalism to the world of Hindi newspapers.

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‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics

NK SINGH

With BJP chief Amit Shah predicting that Shivraj Singh Chouhan will return to power for a fourth term in MP, the CM jumped into the poll arena with a renewed vigour last week. He is going around the state in his Rs 2.5 crore-chariot seeking votes playing to the gallery and thumping his chest.

Chouhan has been in power for 13 years now. His position within the ruling party has become unassailable, especially over the past five years, with almost all his detractors either vanquished or banished from MP.

That kind of unchallenged power is enough to transform any person. His characteristic humility has given way to chest thumping on public platforms: “Despite a drought, crops are bountiful in Shivraj Singh’s raj.” Continue reading “‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics”