Sign of Turbulence Within The Hindu as Malini Parthasarathy Quits

Malini Parthasarathy, Editor of The Hindu quits allegedly due to internal differences with the governing board.

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Malini Parthasarathy, Editor of <i>The Hindu</i> submitted her resignation. (Photo courtesy: The News Minute)

Malini Parthasarathy, the Editor of The Hindu, has submitted her resignation to the board. Suresh Nambath will now be the interim editor of the newspaper.

Malini Parthasarathy confirmed to The News Minute that she has resigned, but it was unclear whether it has been accepted by the Board of Kasturi and Sons Limited.

The announcement was also made to the employees in the Chennai office of The Hindu by the heads of respective departments.

Sources in The Hindu said that one of the reasons for differences between Malini and The Hindu board was the way their Mumbai edition was launched and the amount of money spent on it.

Malini has been credited with energizing The Hindu’s reporting team and was responsible for the revamp of the newspaper and making it appealing for the digital era.

Dr Malini Parthasarathy had the rare distinction of being The Hindu’s first woman editor, and hoped she would take The Hindu to greater heights.

The Kasturi & Sons Ltd. Board, On her appointment in 2015

However, her tenure as editor has also been dotted with internal squabbles with some high profile resignations.

One of the most public resignations was that of Rahul Pandita, who was the ‘Op-Ed’ page editor. He alleged that she interfered with his working and that there was no freedom for the current editors.

The last few years at The Hindu have been turbulent for the management, with family disputes spilling over into the professional domain, and allegedly affecting employees’ functioning.

In July 2014 that The Hindu’s Rural Affairs Editor P Sainath quit, as did Praveen Swami, the newspaper’s Strategic Affairs Editor & Resident Editor.

Dr Malini Parthasarathy took over on 1February 2015 from N Ravi, who stepped down from his post as an editor.

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