Hartosh Singh Bal

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Hartosh Singh Bal at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.

Hartosh Singh Bal is currently the political editor of The Caravan magazine.[1][2][3] Bal was the political editor of OPEN magazine when OPEN first brought to public attention the existence of the Radia tapes.[4]

Books[edit]

Bal has co-written a novel called A Certain Ambiguity which won the 2007 Association of American Publishers award for the best professional/scholarly book in mathematics. Bal went on to write another book--"Waters close over us"—which is partly a travelogue featuring Bal's travels on the Narmada river, and partly a sociological, political, artistic, historical, and anthropological commentary on the culture of this region. [5] [6][7][8]

Fired from OPEN magazine[edit]

In November 2013, Bal was controversially fired from his position of political editor of OPEN magazine.[9] In an interview, OPEN's former Editor Manu Joseph revealed that the magazine's proprietor, Sanjiv Goenka, had told Joseph that Bal's views, expressed in his writings and in television appearances, were resulting in him "making a lot of... political enemies."[10] Citing several incidents, including the controversial firing of Bal, a July 2014 editorial in the New York Times commented:

Press censorship seems to be back with a vengeance in India, this time imposed not by direct government fiat but by powerful private owners and politicians.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bal home page in Caravan".
  2. ^ newslaundry (12 August 2017). "#MediaRumble: Role of journalism in speaking truth to power". Retrieved 15 March 2018 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Bal, Hartosh Singh. "Suggestion on 35 A. Let's remove it but ensure twitter brahmin hawks are first to go settle. & let's not waste state security on them". twitter.com. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bal on Niira Radia". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India - Hartosh Singh Bal". harpercollins.co.in. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Waters close over us review by Avtar Singh". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Along a river". The Hindu. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Down the river". Mint. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  9. ^ "New York Times conversation with Bal". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Bal fired from Open magazine". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  11. ^ "India's Press Under Siege". Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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