Warrior of the Fourth Estate: Ramnath Goenka of the Express

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Viking, 2005 - Indian Express - 342 pages
Ramnath Goenka was a man of many parts - freedom fighter, Gandhian worker, politician, merchant, industrialist and newspaper magnate. But more than anything else he was an indomitable warrior for the freedom of the Press, whose frontiers he fearlessly defended and pushed, often at enormous cost to himself. His mission as a newspaper publisher was to empower the citizen, uphold his right to know, and to make all those in power and authority accountable to the people - a mission that he carried out with unflagging, if sometimes excessive, zeal. During the Emergency, Ramnath Goenka - or RNG as he came to be popularly known - waged an epic battle of defiance against a vindictive government, and in later years launched a relentless campaign against corruption, which won him staunch admirers as well as bitter enemies. The targets of his campaigns included prime ministers, political leaders, corporate raiders, trade unionists and tycoons. B.G. Verghese's biography charts the tumultuous course of Goenka's life, from his modest beginnings to his building of the vast Indian Express empire with its multiple editions, which reached out to readers in the remotest corners of the country. contradictions - a wealthy man of property who lived an austere life; who was parsimonious to a fault yet could be exceedingly generous; who adored gossip and intrigue and was at the same time deeply spiritual; one of the most powerful men in India who was deeply lonely in his personal life; a man you could love or hate but never ignore.

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Contents

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
1
GETTING ROOTED IN MADRAS
35
TAKING WING TO BOMBAY
63
Copyright

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B. G. Verghese is a professional journalist, an author, and a visiting professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He received the Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1975.

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