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TWISTS IN THE TRIBUNE
Trust on a talent hunt to broaden editorial decision making structure
15.11.17 - S Pal
Trust on a talent hunt to broaden editorial decision making structure



The crisis in The Tribune, triggered by an abject, almost self-abasing apology made to former minister Bikram Singh Majithia, is nowhere near ending. Following the removal of The Tribune Trust’s president SS Sodhi, and with J-K Governor N N Vohra being named as his replacement, the Trust is now planning to do a balancing act.
 
Sources in the media institution said a hunt is on for a second in command to Editor-in-chief Harish Khare, and if all goes as planned, The Tribune will soon have an executive editor. 
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A hunt is on for a second in command to The Tribune’s editor-in-chief Harish Khare, and if all goes as planned, the newspaper will soon have an executive editor.
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The Tribune Trust is expected to meet on November 16, Thursday, and the issue is a prominent item on the agenda. However, there is a strong sense in certain circles that every move from here onwards will continue to look like an inadequate damage control exercise and the editor should have escalated matters before letting the apology appear in print. 
 
 
"That you protested before launching an uncalled for first attack nuclear missile is not good enough. You must not have let it happen. That is the night you stop a Trump from starting WWIII. That is the night an editor earns his salary,” said a senior insider at The Tribune, though not on the editorial side.
 
The idea to recruit an executive editor is to create an editorial architecture where some form of collective decision making should replace the exclusive blue pencil scribble of the editor-in-chief. Last time the newspaper experimented with such a structure was when Kanwar Sandhu joined the newspaper, though it did not have a happy ending.
 
"This is an arrangement that can easily be passed off as a way to ease the burden of an editor-in-chief who can then guide the newspaper on broad policy-related matters and ensure that coverage and views expressed in the newspaper remain aligned with the broader editorial policy,” said the source in know of the developments.
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 The move has thrown up several relevant questions. Does it amount to clipping of wings? Was the Trust head solely responsible for the apology debacle? Will the editorial side assume any responsibility? And most importantly, one can only assume that The Tribune stands by the apology it made to Bikram Singh Majithia since nothing to the contrary has even been hinted on its pages till date.
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Other independent sources said a senior woman journalist currently in a prominent editorial position in a newspaper has been approached with the offer of being second in command to Khare.
  
An independent voice in her own right, she is seriously considering the offer, but at the same time, it will be interesting to see how the two editors reach a broader agreement as they devise a working arrangement. More names are also on the menu, it is learnt.
 
"An editor-in-chief not in sync with his executive editor can be a recipe for disaster, but if they evolve a smooth working arrangement, it can actually free the top editorial boss from day to day hands-on routine of bringing out a newspaper,” said a source close to at least one member of the Trust.
 
 
It is not known if Khare might see it as clipping of his wings, but certain quarters surely will, said a long time media watcher in the region.
 
Meanwhile, The Tribune continues to draw opprobrium for its apology to Majithia, with the latest strongly worded condemnation coming from senior advocate Anupam Gupta who called it "a dramatic act of self-chastisement,” and "a craven apology … to beg forgiveness from Majithia.”
 
"The Tribune forfeited, with a single stroke, a reputation assiduously built over more than a century… (and this apology) would suffice to bury the tallest newspapers seven fathoms deep,” Gupta said in a hard-hitting piece carried by The Print.
 
Unofficially, quarters close to various members of the Trust have now let it be known that Justice (retd) Sodhi did not consult any other member of the Trust and single handedly browbeat Khare into publishing the now impugned apology. 
 
While Sodhi remains a member of the Trust, it is not known if he will remain a passive party to the efforts to create a narrative in which Khare is seen as a knight in shining armour who fought for saving the editorial freedom in the face of untrammelled power. 
 
 
"Anyone with an editorial IQ of above 10 will understand that on the night it mattered, someone did not speak truth to the power, and opted to complain later instead. That is not how Ed Murrows are made,” said a veteran journalist who spent years working for The Tribune.

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WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. SOON REACHING YOUR CITY. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? Deconstructing Modi's narrative

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EXTENSION IN AGE OF RETIREMENT  What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50  Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS  Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH  Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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'STOP POLITICISING THE ISSUE'
Any meeting between us would be useless: Amarinder to Kejriwal
14.11.17 - TEAM PT
Any meeting between us would be useless: Amarinder to Kejriwal



CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh has once again ruled out a meeting with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the issue of air pollution resulting from stubble burning, urging him to refrain from trying to politicise such a serious issue.

Responding to media reports triggered by Kejriwal’s tweet, once again seeking a meeting with him, Amarinder said he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be meaningless and futile.
 
Kejriwal’s tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known, said the Punjab Chief Minister, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was evidently trying to divert public attention from his own government’s failure in Delhi to check the problem of pollution, as exposed by the response of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the ill-conceived odd-even scheme.

The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count were completely divergent, with no meeting ground, said Captain, adding that, unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development. Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, Kejriwal wanted to waste time holding useless discussions, he said, adding that he, unfortunately, did not have the same luxury of time.

In any case, the Delhi chief minister had often been accused of leaving the national capital in the midst of a crisis and travelling to other places when his presence has been needed the most back home, Amarinder pointed out, adding that the present instance was a case in point. How else can one explain Kejriwal’s desperation to seek a meeting with him at this juncture, especially when he had categorically rejected such a suggestion earlier, asked CM.
 
He pointed out that the Supreme Court was also seized of the pollution problem and had already made it clear that it was in favour of a comprehensive long-term solution to it. That is what Punjab was also seeking, said Amarinder, adding that he was hopeful that the apex court would be show the way to resolving the crisis, with the Centre also pitching in, as requested by Punjab.

As far as stubble burning was concerned, it was not a political issue that Kejriwal was trying to project it as but was an economic problem crying for economic solutions, which the central government alone was in a position to provide, said the Punjab Chief Minister. He further said, in a statement, that he would continue to pursue with the Centre the matter of compensatory allowance for farmers to enable them to opt for alternatives to the dangerous practice of stubble burning.




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UNDERSTANDING NEHRU IN SMOG TIMES
Lesson from Nehru - Politicians need to work together with the govt to meet modern day challenges: Brahm Mohindra
14.11.17 - PT Bureau
Lesson from Nehru - Politicians need to work together with the govt to meet modern day challenges: Brahm Mohindra



LUDHIANA: Irrespective of the fact that we live in times when political differences are creating bitterness in our polity, the challenges facing Punjab and the whole of India are so huge that the only way out for the political leadership will be to work in tandem with the government and vanquish common threats like pollution.

"As of this time in history, the coming generations will judge us by whether we joined hands with each other and with the government to deal with a threat that is killing our citizens, making our children sick, increasing the suffering of our elderly. What is happening around us, from Punjab to Delhi and elsewhere, must bring us all together to work with a solutions-oriented approach," Brahm Mohindra,  Punjab's Health and Family Welfare Minister, told an august gathering at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra here, where he also gave away the Satpal Mittal National Awards.

Speaking at the awards function held in conjunction with the birth anniversary of India's first prime minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mohindra said just as our leaders from the national freedom movement worked together despite strong disagreements on many issues, today's political leadership must come together and join hands with the government to resolve certain intractable issues like the pollution problem.

"We need to learn from our history, since we will be judged by what kind of history we made. We read about men like Nehru because they rose to the challenge. We need to rise to the challenges of the current age when the pace of development is bringing us face to face with new problems," Mohindra said.
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Pollution does not have ideology, it does not understand political symbols. The smog on the road will not spread on the basis of who you voted for.
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Referring to the clouds of smog in northern and north-west India, and the spate of accidents happening due to foggy conditions, Mohindra exhorted the citizenry to play an active part. He also had some harsh truths to say about the political leadership across party lines.

"Pollution does not have ideology, it does not understand political symbols. The smog on the road will not spread on the basis of who you voted for. We need to understand the view point of farmers who are burning stubble, and we need to guide and bring them along to new, innovative ways of dealing with the problem," the minister said.

He said India needs a new system of confabulations where politicians can cut across party lines and join heads on some common platform for policy formulation about issues like pollution. 
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India needs a new system of confabulations where politicians can cut across party lines and join heads on some common platform for policy formulation about issues like pollution — Minister Brahm Mohindra
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Conceding the challenges that any state faces in view of the given demand-supply gaps and resource limitations, Brahm Mohindra nevertheless reiterated the resolve of the government to provide quality healthcare services to the citizens of the state. 

Brahm Mohindra was in city to participate in the function organised to distribute Sat Pal Mittal National awards on the occasion of Nehru's 128th birth anniversary.

Expressing satisfaction that the pollution index has hinted that the pollution is down in the state as compared to the other states, the minister quoted the latest figures of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as per which pollution level in the state has decreased by 44%.

He, however, minced no words in underlining that despite all the efforts, pollution has been posing serious problems to the citizens. 

"This is hardly the time for politicians to score brownie points. Referring to Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, he said one should desist from playing politics on the issue of stubble burning and instead look for out of the box solutions.
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Arvind Kejriwal should desist from playing politics on the issue of stubble burning and instead look for out of the box solutions. Every crisis is not designed to sell AAP’s political agenda. 
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He also referred to the series of steps being taken to check the menace of Dengue virus and ensure that the citizens are sensitized regularly.

Mohindra paid rich tributes to Nehru, saying but for the first Prime Minister, we would not have had Bhakra Dam. "It was due to the visionary approach of Nehru that India became self reliant on food security front," he said.

He applauded the efforts of the Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust for distributing scholarships to the poor and meritorious students. The minister conferred the Sat Pal Mittal National Awards upon Mr. Ravindernath, Mr. Mangu Singh, Mr. Nitin Kumar Nand and Mr. Ashok Chitley for their commendable social service. 

Besides, the minister distributed scholarships to poor but meritorious students under the annual scholarship scheme.
        
Speaking on this occasion, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, the chairman of the Trust, elaborated upon the various endeavours undertaken by the Trust in the field of education, health and other sectors. MLAs Surinder Dabar and Sanjeev Talwar were among those present on the occasion.
 

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WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. SOON REACHING YOUR CITY. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? Deconstructing Modi's narrative

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EXTENSION IN AGE OF RETIREMENT  What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50  Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS  Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH  Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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URGES PM TO CONVENE MEETING OF CONCERNED CMs & UNION MINISTERS TO RESOLVE CRISIS
Amarinder again writes to PM for stubble burning compensation to check pollution
09.11.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder again writes to PM for stubble burning compensation to check pollution



Chandigarh: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has again written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident management to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning, which has triggered a major smog crisis in the northern belt of the country.

He has also requested the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of the affected States along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue.

Reiterating his request, as raised earlier on July 5, 2017, Amarinder has sought Modi’s intervention for arresting the problem of paddy straw burning by providing a bonus of Rs. 100 per quintal as incentive to compensate the farmers to manage the crop residue scientifically.

Captain Amarinder pointed out that most of north India, including the national capital New Delhi, is currently in the throes of a pollution crisis, induced largely by burning of paddy straw in the paddy-growing areas of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The higher courts of the country and the National Green Tribunal have also taken cognizance of the matter, he further observed.

However, what is probably not being understood in proper perspective is that a problem which is essentially scientific and economic cannot be tackled through other means, including coercion, said the CM.

Scientific management and disposal of paddy straw entails significant cost for the farmer and he naturally prefers the cheaper and easy solution of burning the crop residue, said Captain, adding that there are at present no technical or biological systems for managing this farm operation that are economically attractive to the farmer.

He called upon the prime minister to get the matter examined on priority and announce a compensation of cost management of crop residue @ Rs. 100/- per quintal on wheat (above MSP), and later for paddy to incentivize farmers not to burn their crop residue. This could be released by way of Direct Benefit Transfer to farmers after due verification, he said, expressing the hope that the prime minister would accede to this reasonable and practicable suggestion, given the large economic and environmental benefits that will accrue to the nation from this positive policy intervention.




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APOLOGY FALLOUT – THE FIGHT BACK
TRIBUNE TRUST REMOVES JUSTICE SODHI AS PRESIDENT, VOHRA IS THE NEW MAN IN, EDITOR GIVES PEP TALK TO STAFF, RADIO SILENCE ON SODHI
08.11.17 - S Pal
TRIBUNE TRUST REMOVES JUSTICE SODHI AS PRESIDENT, VOHRA IS THE NEW MAN IN, EDITOR GIVES PEP TALK TO STAFF, RADIO SILENCE ON SODHI



Tribune, Harish Khare mull the next step to undo the damage

WILL APOLOGY PROVE RATHER DAMAGING FOR BIKRAM MAJITHIA?
 
In an explosive development triggered by The Tribune’s abject apology to Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia, The Tribune Trust has removed Justice SS Sodhi (retd) as its President, replaced him with Jammu & Kashmir governor N N Vohra, and seemed on the brink of withdrawing or nullifying the apology published on October 29.

The decision was taken by The Tribune Trust and conveyed to the newspaper’s staff on Tuesday. The Trust, which met on November 3, Friday, will meet again this month to take a final call on formal withdrawal of the apology or any other step it deems fit, top sources close to members of the Trust told Punjab Today. 

The Tribune had come under heavy criticism after it published a shockingly abject apology on the front page in its October 29 edition, claiming it had verified the earlier allegations made against former minister Bikram Singh Majithia and had found him not involved in any drug trade.

While some top Congress leaders opposed to Captain Amarinder Singh, including former state party chief Pratap Singh Bajwa, had objected to the clean chit, The Tribune had also left its own journalists and the larger media community crestfallen.
  
Punjab Today, which had broken the inside story about sharp differences between editor-in-chief Harish Khare of The Tribune and Trust’s president SS Sodhi, had also reported that Khare had made it clear to his inner circle and members of the Trust that he was not on board on the matter of publication of apology and was made to carry it on the front page under duress.
 


Khare addressed his staff and colleagues on Tuesday, and made it clear that The Tribune will continue to report "without fear or favour” and exhorted them to go about their jobs in the most professional manner.

Known for a fiercely independent streak in his demeanour and writing, often reflected in his columns, Khare also privately invited suggestions from certain colleagues about how to undo the damage done to the reputation of The Tribune due to the publication of the apology, Punjab Today has learnt.

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The decision was taken by The Tribune Trust and conveyed to the newspaper’s staff. The Trust met on November 3 and will meet again this month to take a final call on formal withdrawal of the apology to Majithia 
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In the October 29 "unconditional apology,” The Tribune had admitted that certain news stories that it carried "with prominent headlines suggesting involvement of Bikram Singh Majithia…with an illegal drug syndicate” were found to be completely false.

Bikram Singh Majithia had claimed it as a clean chit while detractors of Amarinder Singh, including 40 MLAs who had demanded action against Majithia in writing, were left high and dry. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had maintained a stoic silence on the issue. Incidentally, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been going hammer and tongs after Majithia, and the latest development in the media house is certain to give him a booster shot.

Clearly, the latest stance of The Tribune is neither good news for the Akali Dal nor for the Amarinder Singh government, political and media analysts said.

Critics of the apology move had been questioning why the Tribune did what it did, and how could it have verified all the facts and found Majithia completely innocent, as it claimed.

 

It came out in the Trust’s meeting that not all members of the Trust were on board on the issue of publication of the apology to Majithia. 

As per Khare’s terms of employment, his tenure is to end mid-July but with the latest turn of events, The Tribune’s editor seems to be well on its way for another go at the job. 
 
Apart from Vohra and Sodhi, other members of The Tribune Trust are former GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt. Gen S. S. Mehta (retd); media industry professional with decades of experience in business management Naresh Mohan; and former UPSC chairman and former Manipur governor Gurbachan Jagat.
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THE APOLOGY THAT TRIGGERED THE CRISIS - "On verification, it was found that Bikram Singh Majithia was not involved in any drug trade… The Tribune deeply regrets the damage caused to Majithia’s esteem and prestige, and the anguish caused to his family and well-wishers. An unconditional apology is offered by The Tribune for the same.”

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Sources said The Tribune’s journalists, who had been demoralised since the publication of the apology, were in an upbeat mood at the latest twist in the tale, and want Khare and the Trust to escalate the matter to a logical conclusion.

Justice Sodhi (retd) is understood to continue as a member of the Trust, though the last word on it may be said only after the Trust’s next meeting this month.
 
Vohra in, and as for Sodhi, silence!

On the record, The Tribune did not refer to the controversy, choosing instead to publish a brief news item about Trust’s member Vohra being elevated to the position of president of The Tribune Trust, and altogether omitting to even mention the name of the outgoing president S S Sodhi. 

In a rather cryptic message to the Tribune’s rank and file, Vohra was quoted as saying that "the Tribune Group of Newspapers must remain totally committed to the pursuit of highest journalistic values and to the promotion of sterling civic virtues and ethical standards.”
 
The fact that The Tribune did not even name the outgoing president Sodhi, sent clear signals to all interested quarters in polity and media as it was in sharp contrast to its earlier practice. When Sodhi had assumed the top job in April, 2012, the newspaper had not only thanked the then outgoing president R S Talwar publicly for services rendered but even announced that Talwar was the senior-most Trustee of The Tribune Trust, that he will remain a member of the Trust and that the institution, under his watch, "grew in strength, witnessed innovative changes and launched several new products which enabled it to consolidate its leadership position in the region.”
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The Tribune's public announcement about NN Vohra taking over as president of the Trust did not even name SS Sodhi who has been a Trustee of The Tribune Trust since 2002, and its president since 2012.
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It had also dwelt in detail upon Talwar's impressive career graph, recalling that he was "a distinguished and upright member of the IAS” and even adding that "throughout his distinguished service...he held the reputation of being an officer of unimpeachable integrity.” 

Compared to that transition, the public announcement about Vohra taking over as president of the Trust did not even name Sodhi who has been a Trustee of The Tribune Trust since 2002, and its president since 2012. When he had assumed the top job, Sodhi was described as "a distinguished legal luminary, public servant, author and former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court,” apart from his many other achievements, including his stint as the Lok Pal of Punjab, finding mention in the announcement five years back. 

Incidentally, Sodhi is also considered among the oldest residents of Chandigarh, a city where the power elite is adept at reading significance conveyed through such codes of powerspeak.
 
(An earlier version of this story had described the position as Chairman of The Tribune Trust. It is President of The Tribune Trust. - Ed)

 

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 HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE 


 THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

 

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. SOON REACHING YOUR CITY. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? Deconstructing Modi's narrative

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EXTENSION IN AGE OF RETIREMENT  What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50  Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS  Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH  Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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