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President of the Editors  Guild  of India...

Uma da Cunha


 Congratulations, Seema Mustafa!

On Saturday, October 17, readers welcomed the following statement ...
The Editors Guild of India is pleased to announce that Seema Mustafa, 
Editor of The Citizen, is its new President. 

An earlier announcement on the results of an online election held on October 16 stated that Sanjay Kapoor, Editor of  Hardnews magazinewas elected as General Secretary.  Anant Nath, Editor of The Caravan, was elected unopposed as Treasurer,  adding further,  “Ms Mustafa will succeed Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The  Print, while Mr Kapoor and Mr Nath will take over from A.K. Bhattacharya, Editorial Director of Business Standard, and Sheela Bhatt, Contributing Editor of Rediff.com, respectively.”

In this first ever election for the Guild, Seema Mustafa received 87 votes to MD Nalapat’s 51. ANI Editor-in-Chief Smita Prakash lost out to Sanjay Kapoor of Hard News who got 90 votes to her 50. 

Seema Mustafa
Veteran journalist Seema Mustafa is the editor of The Citizen. In the past, she has been associated with The PioneerThe PatriodThe TelegraphThe Indian Express and The Asian Age, The Convert and The Sunday Guardian. At The Asian Age, she won the ‘Prem Bhatia Award for Excellence in Political Reporting and Analysis’ in 1999 for her coverage of the Kargil War.  Mustafa served as National Affairs Editor of News Xas well, before moving to Centre for Policy Analysis and founded The Citizen in 2014.  She also contested elections to Lok Sabha in 1991 and 1996 but lost.

Sanjay Kapoor
Sanjay Kapoor of Hardnews magazine meanwhile beat  ANI editor-in-chief Smita Prakash. His Twitter bio reads: “Editor of Delhi's Hardnews magazine, exposed India’s biggest corruption scandal. BlitzMidDayAsiaweek. Looking for news behind news all the time.”
According to his Linkedin profile, Hardnewsmagazine is a political monthly which has been ‘correct in its predictions of 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections’. He is a regular commentator on Indian and foreign TV channels.

Anant Nath
Anant Nath is the editor of The Caravan and the Executive Publisher of Delhi Press. He is an alumnus of IIM Lucknow and Columbia University, New York. Nath writes the Editor's Notebook inThe Caravan. He is also on the Executive Committee of Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) and Indian Languages Newspapers Association (ILNA).

(Extracts from a news item in the E-paper of The Free Press Journal, Sunday, October 18, 2020)