Editorial: Issue dated December 27, 2010

first_imgAroon Purie, Editor-in-chief, India TodayIt’s been 35 years since INDIA TODAY started and I have been its editor all this while. From this vantage point, I have seen at close quarters the amazing transformation of India. I had the opportunity to interact with many of the key players. It’s been a journey with great memories. I interviewed the inimitable Morarji Desai in 1978 when he was prime minister, and every question was answered by a question. I faced the ire of the indomitable Indira Gandhi when she called the magazine anti-national. I had an icy encounter with the scary Sanjay Gandhi. I watched with sadness the loss of innocence and idealism of my classmate Rajiv Gandhi in the Bofors mess. And there was that priceless moment when I was summoned to 7 Race Course Road one New Year’s eve and called ‘boss’ by one prime minister who was trying to explain the innocence of his family.Personal memories apart, the last 35 years of India saw the extreme as well as the redeeming passions of democracy, ranging from the totalitarian temptations of Indira Gandhi to the election of the first non-Congress government at the Centre, from the assassinations of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi to the rise of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, from the demolition of the Babri Masjid to the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, from Bofors to 2G spectrum. When we started, India was a closed market of licence raj; today, the growth rate of one of the world’s fastest growing economies is sustained by a bold and ambitious entrepreneurial class. In cinema and literature too, the Indian story has gone global. To keep pace with change, INDIA TODAY too changed. Stagnation is the enemy of journalism as well.This commemorative issue is a celebration of transformation, featuring essays, profiles and conversations. In his introductory essay, Editorial Director M.J. Akbar writes: “By the standards of the Raja-Radia scam, 1975 was a monk’s cell. Allegations were made in thousands; crores was a term for fairyland. It is possible that the budget of India was less than Rs 1,76, 000 crore in 1975.”You will also find in the following pages conversations between achievers of the past and the present in politics, business, sports and culture. So we have, among others, Sheila Dikshit with her younger Congress colleague Jitin Prasada; and Sunil Gavaskar with Sourav Ganguly. Two superheroes, one from the movies and the other a war veteran, salute the genius of human spirit; and the profiles of a business patriarch and his grandson span the trajectory of India’s industrial growth. The narrative of change is the story of people who embody it.As skeletons tumble out of the 2G spectrum cupboard, I am reminded of March 1977 after the Emergency when the Janata Party came to power and horror stories of the Emergency poured out. INDIA TODAY captured them in a memorable way. It established us as the market leader which we have maintained ever since. With the avalanche of information we are snowed under these days, I believe there is a growing need to have a magazine to give you all that is important with clarity, credibility and authority. We hope to continue to do so for a long time to come whether it is on paper or on an electronic tablet. Stay tuned. Our Past Anniversary Issues 1985 *1990 *2000 *2005 *2008 *2009last_img

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