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How Arun Shourie became the Express editor

Magsaysay Award-winning former Indian Express editor turned BJP ideologue, Arun Shourie, in conversation with Mahesh Sarma:

How did you get the Indian Express editor’s job?

Emergency had passed [in 1977]. I had got to know [Express proprietor] Ramnath Goenka through many episodes. And the Janta Party had come to power. We were staying in Mr Goenka’s house in Bangalore.

He asked what I was doing and I said, “What do you mean what am I doing? I can’t find a job, I am writing a book.

He said, ‘Stupid, who is going to read your book? No one is going to read it. You are not finding a job, I can’t find any young man, you come. I’ll tell the editor to give you some big title.’

That is my letter of appointment.

Photograph: courtesy The Hindu Business Line

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