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Feb 27, 2012
The Old Order Changeth, Aye?

Wow! A new editor-in-chief (Delhi Diary, Feb 13)! I’ll miss the irrepressible Vinod Mehta, but I’ll miss Editor, VM’s dog, even more.

Bharath, Bangalore

Heartiest congratulations to Krishna Prasad on his new job! Let us hope Outlook henceforth gives space to a spectrum of views, rather than give voice to only conventional, JNU-style left-liberal, pro-Congress ones. Those have had us dog-tired!

Ramki, New Delhi

When undeserving netas cling on to their ‘kursis’, it is unfair of Vinod Mehta to say bye this abruptly. Outlook won’t be the same without him.

Umesh Kesavan, Madurai

I just read the diary and got to know about the new editor-in-chief. It seems people who are in the business of news scoops protect news from their end with secrecy. I think no journalist would probe into the sudden exit of Mr Mehta!

Shantam Iqbal, Freiburg, Germany

Congratulations, Mr Prasad! Hope to see the independence of Outlook taken to new heights under your stewardship.

Thomas K. Mathai, Mysore

Let’s not be taken aback by Mr Mehta’s sudden exit. He has walked into the sunset with a bottle of whisky and a song on his lips.

K. Suresh, Bangalore

Congrats KP! Wish you lots of success. Please stop Outlook from being a mouthpiece of Sonia and Co.

Kiran Voleti, Chennai

My heartiest congratulations to Vinod Mehta on his excellent autobiography. I remember I met him when he was the editor of the Sunday Observer, to suggest a weekly column on tax by my father, R.N. Lakhotia. Mr Mehta was happy with the idea, and my father contributed for quite some time.

Subhash Lakhotia, New Delhi

Fabulous anecdote, the one on Mencken! It confirms that successful editors have at least six holes each in their heads, and their visa for hell is issued on earth, in a magazine office.

Harsh Rai Puri, Bhopal

After running Kasturi, the only Kannada language digest for 32 years, and after receiving marching orders from the erstwhile so-called editor K. Shamarao without any proper reason, I’m inclined to agree with what H.L. Mencken had said.

Shreekant Malagi, on e-mail

Krishna Prasad begins well with a pot-shot at the ‘hack pack’. But don’t you think the following sentence—“it is difficult to believe if anodyne arithmetic loaded with ifs, buts and howevers is all our ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacks’ can serve up to explain what is happening”—is a bit heavy after the simple style of Mr Mehta?

Manish Banerjee, Calcutta

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Mar 05, 2012
The Skew Drivers

Apropos the item The Drowning Glory in Krishna Prasad’s Delhi Diary (Feb 13), 20 years after reforms, the glass is 99 per cent full for the one per cent; and one per cent full for the remaining 99 per cent. Regarding liberalisation’s success, it depends on who succeeded. Industries may collapse, flights get cancelled, human development indices lurk near the bottom, but at least our Ambanis succeed in getting themselves into lists of the world’s billionaires.

J.F. Dawson, Chennai

Where is Vinod Mehta? How can he just disappear without bidding goodbye to his loyal readers? Has he taken a long leave, resigned...or been sacked? We miss him. Please at least publish a ‘last’ Delhi diary.

Annant S., Pune

Has there been a wordless revolution at Outlook? Where is Vinod Mehta? His name figures nowhere now—with or without his consent. There was no hint of a change nor a word of farewell. A curious thing!

Atin Gupta, New Delhi

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1/D-53
Feb 04, 2012
03:27 PM

fabulous anecdote.. confirming that successful editors have at least 6 holes in their head and their visa for earth is issued in hell!

Harsh Rai Puri
Bhopal, India
2/D-77
Feb 04, 2012
04:55 PM

One can only hope and pray,that Krishna Prasad will be different to Vinod Mehta who labelled a sinner like Sonia as a Saint.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
3/D-82
Feb 04, 2012
05:28 PM

Mr. Krishna Prasad begins well with a pot shot at the 'hack pack'. But don't you think "it is difficult to believe if anodyne arithmetic loaded with IFS, buts and howevers is all our “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” can serve up to explain what is happening." is a little heavy afrter child like simplicity of Vinod Mehta.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
4/D-83
Feb 04, 2012
05:31 PM

And having said that I must admit "Tongue in cheek, you could argue that the latest slight is proof that those who live by lawyers are destined to die by them." is rather a good one.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
5/D-84
Feb 04, 2012
05:34 PM

"In an Oceania of banned books, essays, plays, movies, documentaries, art shows, TV skits and websites" - that is overstating the fact Mr. Krishna Prasad. They have as yet not banned whole goddamn internet.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
6/D-87
Feb 04, 2012
06:00 PM

H.L. Mencken , whoever he was, seems to me a  super kind of  bloke. He seems to have foreseen the Indian news channel editors.  Don't you , busters, feel the same like sending  some thing by the same mail , seeing Arnab Goswami screaming non-stop, pointing fingers , throwing his hands, jerking shoulders, cutting down mid- sentence  big time editors, top  lawyears , scientists, army generals , least but not last these unfortunate creatures called spokespersons to size, uttering last word on every thing or everyone  be them Salman Rushdie , Salman Khurshid or Salman Butt, or Salman Khan !

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
7/D-21
Feb 05, 2012
03:43 AM

Congratulations on your promotion, Mr. Krishna Prasad. My wish for you is that you never find your job to be as dreadful as H.L.Mencken suggested.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
8/D-31
Feb 05, 2012
08:05 AM

 Congratulations. Hope to see the independence of OL taken to new heights under your leadership.

Thomas K. Mathai
Mysore, India
9/D-47
Feb 05, 2012
11:26 AM

Congrats KP, wish you all the very success. Please stop Outlook from being a mouthpiece of Sonia & Co...

Kiran Voleti
Chennai, India
10/D-66
Feb 05, 2012
12:49 PM

@Anwaar - "My wish for you is that you never find your job to be as dreadful as H.L.Mencken suggested."

Dreadful ?? Don't be alarmed. KP has seen VM walking into the sunset with a bottle of whiskey and a song on his lips.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
11/D-72
Feb 05, 2012
01:12 PM

Dear Krishna Prasad,

Congratulations for your new job. Let  us hope that Outlook henceforth gives space to a spectrum of views, rather than publish only the conventional JNU Left Liberal Congress Supporting, dynasty worshipping views that are pushed edition after edition , year after year .

Ramki
Delhi, India
12/D-53
Feb 06, 2012
04:22 PM

 Wow! a new editor. But ,I will surely miss Mr. Editor- VM's dog!

Bharath
Bangalore, India
13/D-86
Feb 07, 2012
03:30 PM

Only through this Delhi Diary, i came to know about new editor in chief of Outlook. It seems people who are in the business of exposing scoops live protect their territory with secrecy.

I will say, it is an unceramonious exit of Mr. Mehta. Problem is no journalist would like to go deeper into the story. Why?

Shantam Iqbal
Freiburg, Germany
14/D-154
Feb 07, 2012
11:50 PM

Like the new format of the online coverpage.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
15/D-63
Feb 15, 2012
03:03 PM

Dear Vinod mehta, went to suset.
Unwept,unsung.
May be unceremonious TOO!!!

V.N.K.Murti
pattambi, India
16/D-72
Feb 15, 2012
04:09 PM

@VNK MURTI, "Unwept,unsug, May be unceremonious TOO"

I don't think so. The Lucknow boy's luck turned with Lunknow boy selling, got invited to a literary meet, was surrounded by celebrity autograph hunters. Golden handshake, I must say.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
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