on January 30, Gandhiji was killed by a Hindu fanatic. India was spiritually orphaned.
Loksatta has steadfastly followed the example of the Mahatma. It believes in the Journalism of Courage. It has not cowed down before the establishment. It has not bent before the authorities nor crawled before the populist leaders. It has not lost its sanity even when frenzy ruled and the mobs ganged around the media. Loksatta believes not in abstract freedom of expression but in using it for fight against injustice, corruption and oppression. Loksatta believes that newspaper is a medium for strengthening democracy and secularism, national integration and unity in diversity. That is why it is also a platform for all the views. That is the spirit of Gandhiji and the vision of Nehru.
It is now 55 years since it was launched. This period was traumatic and yet there were inspiring moments. The day when India became a republic on January 26, 1950, the day the first elections were conducted, the day when Bangladesh was liberated, the day when the Emergency was defeated as well as the day when the Janata style anarchy was overthrown. The paper witnessed the wars with Pakistan and China, the integration of Sikkim with India, the Kargil war and continues to be with the people in its fight against terrorism. Loksatta abhors all kinds of extremism, particularly of the fundamentalist kind.
We have entered the 56th year with confidence and hope. Confidence that We Shall Overcome the gloom that is overcast on the country and hope that with the Gandhian moral appeal India will become spiritually strong.