Varadarajan rubbishes N Ram's claims of policy violations at The Hindu

Siddharth Varadarajan who in a shock announcement announced his resignation as editor of The Hindu newspaper has spoken out for the first time since he made his decision public via Twitter.

Speaking to Best Media Info, Varadarajan rubbished allegations by Kasturi and Sons Chairman N Ram that there were recurrent violations and defiance of the framework of the institution's longstanding values on the business side, and recurrent violations and defiance of the 'Living Our Values' mandatory Code of Editorial Values applicable to The Hindu.

 Varadarajan rubbishes N Rams claims of policy violations at The Hindu

Varadarajan's profile from the Hindu

'If indeed policies or editorial values were flouted, the solution would have been to get anotherprofessionaleditor. The fact that the owners have come back into editorial itself provides the answer to this question. The replacement of the professional CEO at the same time is further indication of the actual dynamics at play,"Varadarajan said.

He was referring to the removal ofArun Anant from his position as CEO at Kasturi and Sons Limited. Anant had been inducted into The Hindu group at the same time that Siddharth Varadarajan was elevated to the position of editor-in-chief in 2011 from the position of National Bureau Chief of The Hindu.

Varadarajan himself assumed charge of the 150-year old newspaper as part of an ongoing process to let professional staff man the editorial positions at The Hindu.

However following his resignation, family membersN Ravi and Malini Parthasarathy were namededitor-in-chief and editor of the newspaper, which seem to have effectively put those plans on hold.

In the interview to Best Media Info, Varadarajan added that by making the newspaper more 'hard hitting', he had stepped on some 'powerful toes' but said that nothing had been communicated to him by any of the board members before.

Earlier in 2011, N Ravi, Malini Parthasarathy and Nirmala Lakshman had resigned from the positions of editor, executive editor and joint editor respectively when N Ram had sought appointment professional staff for editorial and managerial positions. This had caused a bitter family feud over ownership of the newspaper. It went from the Company Law Board to the Madras High Court to the Supreme Court of India.

Read the whole interview here

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 23:37:18 IST