Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, announced his resignation from the newspaper on Twitter, after about two years since he took over the reins from N Ram as the first professional editor of The Hindu.
With The Hindu's owners deciding to revert to being a family run and edited newspaper, I am resigning from The Hindu with immediate effect.
- Siddharth (@svaradarajan) October 21, 2013
What was more surprising was that the editor took to Twitter to announce his resignation, probably a first in the history of journalism in India.
Varadarajan was appointed as the editor of The Hinduon 20 July, 2011 by Kasturi and Sons, the family that runs the newspaper.
He took charge of the 150-year old newspaper as an ongoing process to let professional staff man the editorial positions at The Hindu.
Following the decision to appoint him as the editor, N Ravi, Malini Parthasarathy and Nirmala Lakshman - both of whom were family members of N Ram - resigned from the positions of editor, executive editor, and joint editor respectively.
Speculation had already begun that Ravi could return to the newspaper as editor again but there was no official comment from the Hindu
Here are some tweets in reply to the dramatic announcement:
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Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 23:35:16 IST