The Caravan

The Caravan is an Indian English-language, long-form narrative journalism magazine covering politics and culture. It was relaunched in January 2010 as "India’s only narrative journalism magazine."[2][3] The Caravan won the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism given by Nieman Foundation for Journalism of Harvard University in 2021.[4]

The Caravan
Caravan Magazine Cover, October 2011
October 2011 issue's cover with Manmohan Singh
EditorParesh Nath, Editor-in-Chief
Anant Nath, Editor
Vinod K. Jose, Executive Editor
CategoriesPolitics, culture
FrequencyMonthly
Circulation40,000 (2010)[1]
PublisherParesh Nath
FounderVishwa Nath
Year founded1940
CompanyDelhi Press
CountryIndia
Based inDelhi
LanguageEnglish
Websitecaravanmagazine.in Edit this at Wikidata
ISSN0008-6150

HistoryEdit

 
September 1944 cover

The Caravan was first launched in 1940 by founder Vishwa Nath as the first magazine published by Dehli Press. It closed in 1988 and was revived in 2009. It has been published since then from New Delhi, India, by Delhi Press.[3][5][6]

The managing editor called The Caravan an "editorial success, not a business success".[7] The circulation has grown to 40,000 since its launch.[6] As of 2020, the magazine's website gets 1.5 million pageviews per month.[8]

The audience for The Caravan was described as the "pop intelligentsia."[9] The revival was inspired by New Journalism and long-form American magazines such as Harper's Magazine and The New Yorker.[8]

StaffEdit

Paresh Nath is editor-in-chief. His son Anant Nath, the grandson of the original founder, is the managing editor.[8][10] Vinod K. Jose is the executive editor.[11] While rebuilding The Caravan's brand, the staff was less than 10 and grew three-fold over the next five years.[12] Jonathan Shainin, formerly with The New Yorker, joined the team in 2010 as a senior editor and left to go back to his former employer as a news editor in 2013.[13] As of 2020, The Caravan employed 38 people.

Threats and lawsuitsEdit

According to the Virginia Quarterly Review, the magazine has published pieces that are critical of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh paramilitary organization[14] and some actions of the government of India. In the same article in VQR, it is mentioned that because the magazine does not receive advertisements from the government, it is not possible for the government to use the traditional "carrot and stick" approach to rewarding or punishing journalists by adding or removing paid advertisements according to how pleased the current government is with what they publish.[8]

In addition to receiving threatening messages, the magazine has been sued repeatedly for alleged defamation. These lawsuits are costly and typically take years to fight in court.[8] In 2011, the magazine was the subject of a Rs 50 crore defamation suit by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management after it featured a profile of its head, Arindam Chaudhuri.[15] During the years-long lawsuit, the magazine was ordered to take the article off its website. In 2018, the High Court allowed the magazine to re-publish the article, but the gag order was partly reinstated by a different court two months later.[16][17]

The magazine was issued legal notices in April 2013 regarding its May cover story about Attorney General Goolam Essaji Vahanvati but the top three editors decided to continue with its publication.[18]

In 2015, The Caravan was served a legal notice by the Essar Group because the magazine described the business and the family that runs it unfavorably, including evidence that the business gave iPads to 195 journalists, government employees, and politicians.[19] Essar later filed a 250 crore civil defamation suit against the magazine; the business did not deny any of the facts presented in the magazine article.[19][20]

In 2021, many journalists and politicians who reported about the death of Navreet Singh during the 2021 Farmers' Republic Day parade were charged with sedition by the Delhi Police and the police departments of three Bharatiya Janata Party–ruled states. The police cases were filed against editor and founder Paresh Nath, editor Anant Nath, executive editor Vinod K. Jose and one unnamed person. Those charged also included Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, India Today journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, National Herald senior consulting editor Mrinal Pande and Qaumi Awaz editor Zafar Agha.[21] Varadarajan has called the police FIR "malicious prosecution".[22][23] The Press Club of India (PCI), the Editors Guild of India, the Press Association, the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Indian Journalists Union in a joint press conference asked the sedition law to be scrapped.[21][24] The Editors Guild of India spoke against invoking of the sedition charge on journalists. The guild termed the FIRs as an "attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media".[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gottipati, Sruthi (10 May 2010). "The Caravan". The New York Review of Magazines. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Delhi Press rolls out 'The Caravan' nationwide". Campaign India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "The Caravan completes three years!". adgully.com. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ "India's Caravan Magazine wins the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism". Nieman Foundation. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ "The Delhi Press Groups 1st magazine - The Caravan, is back again". Adgully.com. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "The Caravan – The New York Review of Magazines". Columbia University. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Delhi Press bold gamble". Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e Crowell, Maddy (Summer 2020). "The Messengers: One Small Magazine's Fight for the Indian Mind". Virginia Quarterly Review. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  9. ^ Shuchi Bansal (24 April 2013). "As magazines dwindle, Delhi Press seeks to add more". Livemint. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  10. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (24 April 2013). "As magazines dwindle, Delhi Press seeks to add more". mint. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Masthead". The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  12. ^ "When a Delhi journo joins New Yorker, it's news" (blog). San Serif. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  13. ^ Joe Pampeo (7 October 2013). "Jonathan Shainin Returning New Yorker". Capital New York. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  14. ^ McLeod, John (2002). The history of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 209–. ISBN 978-0-313-31459-9. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017.
  15. ^ Peri, Maheshwer (27 September 2016). "How IIPM and Arindam Chaudhury used the defamation law to hide the truth". The Scroll.
  16. ^ "HC lifts gag order on Caravan article on Arindam Chaudhuri of IIPM". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 22 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Delhi High Court Vacates Injunction Against The Caravan's IIPM Cover Story; The Magazine Re-Publishes It". The Caravan. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Reliance's pre-emptive legal notices". The Hoot. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  19. ^ a b S, Ramanathan (25 August 2015). "Essar goes after The Caravan with lawsuit for damning article, magazine gives it right back". The News Minute.
  20. ^ "Court grants time to magazine to file reply in defamation suit". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 24 August 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Media Bodies Slam FIRs Against Journalists, Want Sedition Law to Be Scrapped". The Wire. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  22. ^ "Sedition FIRs against Tharoor, journalists now in five states". The Indian Express. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Delhi Police Case Against Shashi Tharoor, Others After UP, Madhya Pradesh". NDTV.com. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  24. ^ "Journalists' Bodies Slam Sedition FIRs Against Editors, Reporters for Farmers' Rally Coverage". The Wire. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Tractor rally: Editors Guild of India sound alarm at sedition case on journalists". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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