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Jul 21, 2011
06:28 AM

It is so sad to see that  once again family feuds began to trouble The Hindu, a highly respected News paper from the South. We, the loyal readers and the ardent admirers of the paper hope that like in the past this family dispute would also wither away soon.

Shri N.Ram, the highly respected journalist  and elder statesman of the Hindu Family should try and patch up the differences amog the members of his  extended  family.

G. Niranjan Rao
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Jul 21, 2011
10:41 AM

I learnt my first alphabet from this very paper, Hindu is a habit that has not stopped dispite N Ram turning it into a left propaganda machine,especially his pro-china articles against Tibet are well known. But, I am shocked when the reins were handed over to Sidharth Varadaraj who to me represents ultra left...especially the distructive type of leftist, you will rarely see him in a constructive role..........Malini we are with you!

hyderabad, India
Jul 21, 2011
11:29 AM

since the day n.ram took over the hindu with his propogandist inclinations and making it a mouthpiece of china, the paper has been in a downward spiral.

chennai, india
Jul 21, 2011
11:47 AM


Wonder how Outlook plays with words to show every damn routine event in a light of 'victimhood of women'. Should every word against any woman be conceptualised as misogyny? 


Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
Jul 21, 2011
11:53 AM

 Btw, The Hindu IS one of the leading anti-male papers in India ( alongwith ToI and the corrupt judiciary )

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
Jul 21, 2011
12:08 PM

Some excerpts from emails I have received some time ago.

27/10/09 - Thank you so much for the feedback on that piece I wrote last year. I've sine moved away from The Hindu due to intellectual disagreements with N.Ram. In fact, I wrote a stinging critique of N.Ram as an apologist of China in The Statesman. Predictably, I was blacklisted from The Hindu after that expression of dissent! I received more than 100 congratulatory Emails when this article first appeared in The Statesman this April. Some of Ram's own staff members contacted my cryptically saying they couldn't agree more! (The Statesman article referred to is here.)  (This is from a distinguished commentator).

22/10/09 - NO WONDER, THIS "RED RAG" HAS BEEN "DUBBED" : "THE PEOPLE'S DAILY OF CHENNAI" !! I stopped a "SIX DECADE' tradition in our family by stopping subscribing to this 'out-and-out RED RAG', a decade ago !!! (from a friend).

N Ram has converted Frontline into a CPM party mouthpiece and is busy as my friend says converting The Hindu into "The People's Daily of China". Perhaps exaggerated a little but that's what the feeling is. N Ram needs to go before he finishes off The Hindu.

Chennai, India
Jul 21, 2011
12:21 PM

 Time for me to unsubscribe to The Hindu. With S.Varadarajan taking over, the paper is all set to become a print versoin of NDTV, with daily doses of Modi and BJP bashing. 

Delhi, India
Jul 21, 2011
12:28 PM

I liked whatever little I have read written by Siddharth Varadarajan.

Dallas, United States
Jul 21, 2011
12:45 PM

Siddharth Varadarajan, the journalist and SV, the Editor are two different people. If SV has been chosen to sideline those who oppose N Ram's policies and editorial line and go further down Ram's path, The Hindu is finished.

Chennai, India
Jul 21, 2011
12:46 PM


You mean "Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy?" where he plays a one man army - investigator, lawyer, jury, judge all rolled into one?

Delhi, India
Jul 21, 2011
01:17 PM

Yes, the ideological positions that The Hindu adhered  to over its long innings  can be broadly divided into two phases viz.,  phase  (i) before and phase  (ii) after N.Ram became active taking over the executive and editorial responsibilities of The Hindu group of publications..

During  the  first  period  spread several decades the paper scrupulously avoided sensationalism so much so that,I was told, that people used to joke : if unfortunately the Third World War were to brake out, The Hindu would unemotionally publish on its front page in small letters: "The third world war is on "!  Secondly, it  had effectively and vociferously championed the cause of India's independence  during the British rule. 

But the other side of the coin was that the paper    also came to be known for its traditionalism,orthodoxy  and rightwing political  coservatism.  In late Sixties when unbiased observers  and even non-Left  democrats all over the world, including students and young people in the US, condemned the  US intervention in Vietnam war, The Hindu under the ideologically  conservative  editorial board had  vehementy supported  this US  unjust war !!

In the second phase, N.Ram with his left-leanings evidently brought a sea-change in the ideological perspectives . Understandably this puts off the anti-Left readers. Credit should , however, go to Shri N.Ram and his team for exposing the first large scale political corruption scandal of India  Viz., BOFORS.

One hopes that this unfortunate family feud would soon become a thing of  past.

G. Niranjan Rao
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Jul 21, 2011
02:19 PM

---- Mr Varadarajan is the first non-dynastic profession to be appointed Editor of the paper---- PROFFESSION? Outlook editing is going down the hill

Melbourne, Australia
Jul 21, 2011
02:19 PM

---- Mr Varadarajan is the first non-dynastic profession to be appointed Editor of the paper---- PROFFESSION? Outlook editing is going down the hill

Melbourne, Australia
Jul 21, 2011
02:27 PM

One should subscribe to The Hindu only to read the sports page and the health section on Sundays.The name Hindu seems to burden it so much,it is ever very eager to produce anti-Hindu articles to project it's secular image.Even at the time of those horrific Muslim killings of Hindus during partition days,the paper was all praise for Jinnah and Liaquat.That is Hindu for you.With Siddharth Varadarajan taking over it will become more virulently anti-Hindu.

Bangalore, India
Jul 21, 2011
03:53 PM

I had always wondered why a newspaper with a name "The Hindu" should be so anit-hindu in its approach?  To someone who grew up being told that it was one of the best papers, I find it has grown so different

Hyderabad, India
Jul 21, 2011
04:26 PM



Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
Jul 23, 2011
02:37 AM

Iam not sure about Siddarth Varadharajan's  editorial line  - but Iam happy N.Ram is gone . Such a hypocrite and commie mouth piece ..   Just look at their editorial line on the Nuclear deal with US till the date prior to CPM's opposition and from the next day on .

Their constant line on China,  Pak and US  triangle

      - China has relations with many countries so dont worry about what they do with Pak they dont intend to contain india  - just focus on improving relation with China - afterall India is the lesser power and cant afford to offend china  , so appease them.

       - dont  cooperate with US and Japan - China is apprehensive curtail your relationship with other countries which may try to contain china  . China might get offended not good for India  , be on their good books 

- dont be rigid with pak - afterall they are a small nation and are threatened by Indian capabilities - behave like a big power , be flexible and accommodate their objectives

Only sections I used to like in "The Hindu" was their reporting on cricket and their coverage of ISRO ..  

chennai, India
Jul 23, 2011
02:49 AM

"Only sections I used to like in "The Hindu" was their reporting on cricket and their coverage of ISRO .. "

I agree. Also being a classical musical aficionado, I always enjoy it's articles on classical music and artists.

NJ, United States
Jul 23, 2011
11:36 AM

@Pradeep (Comment No. 17): N. Ram is not gone -- Siddharth Varadarajan is his hand-picked successor and he is merely going to run the paper through Siddharth Varadarajan. The only thing that surprises me is that anyone is surprised by Ram's thuggish behavior. He has learned well from his mentors and handlers in the Chinese Communist Party and the CPM on how truth is to be distorted and played with, and has made a once-respected paper into a laughingstock in less than a decade.

Like Ram, Siddharth was an active communist in his youth --- but in the US!!! --- and was even a self-styled Stalinist for a while as a member of the aubsurdly-named Progressive Indian Students Group at Columbia. Today, like the group, he has learned to tone down the rhetoric and the affiliations but his views remain largely unchanged, as far as I can see. Ram and he are soulmates. This is surely the beginning of the end for the Hindu, and the sad part of it is that no one, except the Chinese and the CPM, will miss the paper when it is gone.

Chennai, India
Jul 23, 2011
11:36 AM

Anwaar >> I liked whatever little I have read written by Siddharth Varadarajan.

Reminded of someone who wanted to know if a bird likes to fly or if a fish likes to swin. SV is the god for Mainstream Indian Elitist Leftists

Delhi, India
Jul 23, 2011
11:45 AM

Ragster >> This is surely the beginning of the end for the Hindu, and the sad part of it is that no one, except the Chinese and the CPM, will miss the paper when it is gone.

There was a time when if you are a South Indian, english speaking middle class person , (esp if you belonged to TN), the first and last source of general news was Hindu. The kind of monopoly Hindu enjoyed in news media was unprecented and it was built out of its reputation in earlier decades as a nationalist newspaper that supported the freedom movement.

But world has changed so much in last 20 years. The Hindu's core readership is essentially past 35 and even for them Hindu is not the only source of news.

The entry of TOI in chennai market has made big impact on its market share (and that along with DC's entry in 2004) ; In contrast Hindu has never managed to get the kind of mindshare it has in south in other parts of India.

N.Ram may have transformed Hindu into a Mount Road Mao; He  did a good role in exposing Bofors scam. But problem is depsite all this, he is a extremely dubious and unethical person. He was very close to the 2G scam accused Ms Kanimozhi and Mr A Raja and he did everything (which is to be considered as paid news) to defend them. And when Nira Radia tapes got exposed, he did his own little game by pushing about Antrix deal to just show that 2G scam was not as big as it is supposed to be.

Everyone knows how N.Ram cosies to the establishment. With all his leftist pretentions, he was with Vajpayee to shield himself from a hostile JJ Govt of 2001-06. And then he went to make The Hindu as the sole spokesperson of UPA 1 govt in 2004-08 period. The way they projected Dayanidhi Maran in every news event those days shows how much Hindu has declined to be a partisan media. All was to ensure that NRam could get his RS seat. Sadly he never got it. Now he sits and squirms even as a non person (relative to n Ram) like Ravi bernard goes to upper house with pride.

Now the end game is out. The family may squabble , but people no longer take The Hindu seriously. The relevance of Print Media itself is in question given the rise of social media. And squabbling media houses like Hindu that are run by partisan editors who look for making a institution like Hindu as a place to vent their own crazy ideologies.

SV and NR, please go ahead and make The Hindu as daily edition of FrontLine. We care a damn, since we are not in 1990s and we have so many alternatives with us.

Delhi, India
Jul 23, 2011
11:49 AM

Niranjan Rao >> Shri N.Ram, the highly respected journalist and elder statesman of the Hindu Family..

Dear Niranjan Rao, I believe that you are not aware of the full facts about N.Ram. There is nothing wrong if N.Ram is leftist and has editorials with leftist bias.Problem comes when he turns entire newspaper and all the content into a propaganda machine for his objectives. Since 2004, N.Ram's one and only goal has been to become a Rajya sabha member and he made whole newspaper a organ of UPA-1 .  He did everything to defend the indefensible accused of 2G Scam (Raja and Kanimozhi) But he has failed. He compromised on the objectives of thenewspaper to push his personal agenda. Shame on N.Ram.

Delhi, India
Jul 24, 2011
09:40 PM

Time brings gradual changes in every thing. The dynastic rule of The Hindu is over.

Portland, United States
Jul 25, 2011
01:00 AM

 I lived in Madras for nine years and used The Hindu, which I used to get as a free copy, to wipe my baby son's bottom. It was tough to get roll tissues in Madras those days and The Hindu suited perfectly for the job. I have seen all these brothers at close quarters - at talk shows, cricket and tennis associations meetings. None of them impressed me. They just wanted to throw their weight around. They lacked substance. Do I have to elaborate? One can make out from the statements they had written above. Long-winding and bloody boring. That is the trait of the Hindu. But Madrasis, unlike me, tucked the newspaper/rag under their armpits to show their scholariness. It is said that people deserve the leaders they get and madrasis deserve the Hindu. Malini Parthasarathy I am a philogynist (you can ask my wife) and I am happy that people are now spared of the verbosity (daily diahorrea) of yours. I am not a commie and no fan of these plutocrats. The saying goes, "The transmission of fortunes to inactive and nonproductive heirs - of creating a nonindustrial class in perpetuity is dangerous". Therefore, limitation of inheritance is a wise decision.

George Cheriyan
Jul 25, 2011
07:34 AM

George Cheriyan,

used The Hindu, which I used to get as a free copy, to wipe my baby son's bottom.


I don't know how long ago it is that you lived in Madras and found it difficult to locate toilet paper, but it would be interesting to know how you developed this preference for paper over water.

But Madrasis, unlike me, tucked the newspaper/rag under their armpits to show their scholariness.

Perhaps you misunderstood the motive. They were doing it because anti-perspirant was hard to get. What did you use?

Incidentally, I am half Malayalee and half Tamilian (all Madrasi) and have only just started living in Chennai.

Chennai, India
Jul 27, 2011
07:38 AM

So much outpouring of anti-N.Ram stuff ! One is indeed shocked !!

G. Niranjan Rao
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Oct 21, 2013
06:56 PM

 Xinhua's Chennai Branch Office's Editor has resigned. The Family has taken over the branch office once again.

Rakhal Chandra Ghosh
Tomball, United States
Oct 22, 2013
05:35 AM

 The Empire Strikes Back.

N Ram is still the Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Ltd (the holding group). Hopefully, this is just a fancy title and he has no real powers to continue The Hindu's conversion to "The People's Daily of Chennai" (as a good friend and erstwhile long time subscriber calls it).

Chennai, India
Oct 23, 2013
11:22 AM

Only good thing part by subscribing for The Hindu is that we get 6 Rs per kg on selling old edition of The Hindu while for other english news paper we get 4 Rs per kg (Hyderabad Rate).

Ahmedabad, India
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