The Indian Express was born in 1932 as the voice of India’s struggle for independence, with a single edition from Madras. Till today, The Indian Express delivers on its promise of fearless, empowering journalism.
It enjoys the distinction of having more reporters in the field than any other Indian newspaper. The Indian Express was also the first Indian newspaper to launch a separate metro section that focused on local issues. Going a step further, in 2003, it launched citizens’ initiatives such as the release of support to disabled soldiers, and the announcement to create a war memorial in Pune and Chandigarh. Little wonder that in 2003, the Express won the first International Press Award for courageous journalism in India.
In the past decade, The Indian Express has successfully led a change in the society. The series on the Vajpayee government’s petrol pump allotments led to large-scale cancellations and a Supreme Court-mandated inquiry. The investigation on some of India’s largest bank-loan defaulters helped the passage of the Securitisation Act. The expose on the defacing of glacial rocks in Himachal Pradesh resulted in a clean up. And the persistence in first exposing, and then following up the Satyendra Dubey murder led not merely to the arrest of his alleged murderers and a clean-up in the national highway project, but also in the system moving closer to passing a whistleblower law. The expose on tigers going missing in Sariska, led to the Prime Minister stepping in and taking action.
Beginning Independence Day eve, 2005, starting with then President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, The Indian Express brought out stories on what empowerment means to the Indian people. Some of the prominent personalities who contributed their invaluable thoughts on this topic included the Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani, former Loksabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, the former Prime Ministers I.K. Gujral and V.P. Singh, National Conference President Omar Abdullah, then Chief Election Commissioner B.B. Tandon, ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair and actor Shah Rukh Khan, amongst others. This exclusive editorial series culminated in an exclusive event called ‘India Empowered – Roadmap for Tomorrow’ in December 2005 at New Delhi, with The then President APJ Abdul Kalam as The Chief Guest. The event was also televised soon after.
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