National Herald, founded by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938 released a commemorative publication to mark 70 years of Independence today. Present on the occasion were the Vice President of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the Governor of Karnataka, Congress Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah, KPCC President and Home Minister Dr. G Parameshwar and Shri Oscar Fernandes – Director, The Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) and Former Union Minister and Shri Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief, National Herald. The event was held at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Bhavan.
The commemorative publication released by National Herald is themed around 70 years of Independence: India at a crossroads. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru founded National Herald to uphold the values of India’s Freedom Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. In the decades following Independence it mirrored the progressive aspirations of a modern nation for democracy, development and at peace with itself and the world. These values and aspirations now face numerous challenges currently.
The articles in the commemorative publication grapple with these challenges. A galaxy of writers and commentators from India and abroad have contributed to this publication. Some notable contributors are Rajmohan Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Pavan Varma, Sam Pitroda, P. Chidambaram, Kancha Ilaiah, Jean Drèze, Christophe Jaffrelot, Carl Malamud, Rob Jenkins, Kanak Mani Dixit, S.Y. Quraishi, Aruna Roy, Prem Shankar Jha, M.K. Venu, Ashok Vajpeyi, Bela Bhatia, Manglesh Dabral and Anand Teltumbde.
The paper also features an interview of Shri Rahul Gandhi with the National Herald Editor-in-Chief Neelabh Mishra.
Shri Motilal Vora, Chairman, AJL and Publisher of National Herald said, “I am confident that National Herald will soon regain its old glory that it had under the guidance of Panditji and a great editor like M Chalapathi Rau. It will give voice to the voiceless and be fierce in exercising its freedom of expression.”
On the occasion Shri Oscar Fernandes – Director, AJL said, “I am glad to inform everybody that National Herald, that temporarily suspended publication a few years back, and its Hindi and Urdu sister publications, are in the process of being revived as a multi-media news outlet with a strong digital and print presence.”
On the release of the commemorative publication Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief National Herald said, “In its new avatar National Herald will be the voice of reason for India’s democracy, freedom and progress currently challenged by the forces of irrationality and backwardness. It will uphold the values of plurality, social harmony, secularism, inclusive growth, equality, social justice and freedom of expression. These values seem to be in short supply these days, and threatened by the abuse of political and money power. National Herald will see beyond its nose and investigate and analyze happenings at the grass root and interiors of India.”