Are SoniaG, RahulG, PriyankaG really interested in promoting journalism?

http://www.expressindia.com/news/ie/daily/19981114/31851024.html

The auction of movable properties was initiated at the behest of the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court to realise arrears amounting to Rs ten crore which includes electricity and telephone bills as well as the salary of 400-odd employees for the last 22months.

The National Herald, AJL’s flagship, and the other two papers folded up here two months ago, but the New Delhi edition of Herald still comes out, albeit with a circulation that is yet to reach the four digit.

The hapless employees have lost all hopes of the paper’s revival as they watched bidders haggling over the pieces of machinery and furniture.

In a shockingly lukewarm response, the articles fetched a measly sum of about Rs 40,000.

“In any other country, Britain, for example, such items reminiscent of India’s freedom movement, would have fetched a fortune,” moaned an old-timer who is a reader of Herald since Nehru’s days.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_National_Herald_(India)- other links

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did useless MP oscar fernandes declare this as assest to election commission

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On Wednesday, the board of the Associated Journals Ltd, headed by Congress MP and treasurer Motilal Vora, will meet to formally approve the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) payment for the 265 employees, including about 40 journalists of the English and the Urdu editions.

The first instalment of the around Rs.400 million package will be paid on Wednesday. The package was worked out after discussions between Vora and the employees union.
The VRS will amount to around Rs.1.5 million per person. While the senior staff is reportedly happy as they did not have many years before retirement, for the mid level editorial staff, the closure has come as a blow.

National Herald newspaper eyes revival after four years of closure
Press Trust of India | Updated On: October 09, 2012 22:33 (IST)

New Delhi: After about four years of its closure, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru-founded newspaper National Herald may be revived soon under the under the guidance of top leadership of the Congress Party.

A new company ‘Young Indian’ has been registered with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), Delhi with registered office at Herald House on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg here.

The erstwhile National Herald, which was founded by Nehru in 1938 and closed down in 2008, was also housed at the same address.

Young Indian was incorporated in November 2010 and held its Annual General Meeting on May 15, 2012, RoC filings show.

Senior journalist Suman Dubey is the authorised signatory for the company, the RoC documents show. Others involved include technocrat Sam Pitroda, Adviser to Prime Minister on Public Infrastructure, Information and Innovations.

Dubey and Pitroda could not be reached over phone for their comments, while emailed queries remained unanswered. Some reports said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders Motilal Vohra and Oscar Fernandes are shareholders, but there was no confirmation from the Congress Party.

A senior Congress leader said a meeting of Associated Journals was held recently to discuss the revival plan of National Herald and Qaumi Awaaj newspapers, but declined to comment on the shareholding pattern of Young Indian.

The papers were being run earlier by Associated Journals. In reply to emailed queries, Rahul Gandhi’s office later said: “Young Indian is a company registered and holding a license granted under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.

“As a Section 25 company, Young Indian, is a not-for-profit company and does not have commercial operations. The activities of Young Indian are in the public domain. Anyone who chooses to can inspect the Objects of Young Indian. Young Indian has no intention of starting any newspapers.”

In a section 25 company, the profits from its business are ploughed back into its operations.

Story first published on: October 09, 2012 22:31 (IST)
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See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_National_Herald_(India)

Landmark in media world will vanish

Clipping (45kbs) – The Times of India, 09-11-1998. By TOINS, Times of India News Service
Record Number : A0021361

Landmark in media world will vanish
The Times of India News Service

LUCKNOW

A landmark in North India’s media world may vanish on November 9, when movable properties of the 60-year-old nationalist daily – the National Herald and its sister concerns – the Navjeevan and the Quami Awaj will be auctioned here at Kaiserbag. Its two buildings, the Nehru Bhawan and the Jawahar Manjil, have also been sealed by the district administration for auction on December 7.

Unless, a last minute damage control measure is done by its proprietors (AICC president Sonia Gandhi), curtain is all set to ring down on the National Herald, which was in the vanguard of the Swaraj struggle under its chairman Jawaharlal Nehru and the founder editor K. Rama Rao. “Freedom is in peril. Defend it with all your might” the popular lines from Nehru’s speech that formed the masthead quote of the National Herald and sustained freedom movement for long, holds little hope for its survival. A tragic irony is that the auction synchronises a week before the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14.The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered the auctioning of the National Herald’s properties on a writ petition filed by the employees for non-payment of wages for the last 22 months.

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National Herald fights for survival

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
LUCKNOW, NOV 13: As the nation remembers Pandit Nehru on his 110th birthday, the visionary’s brainchild — National Herald — is waging a grim battle for survival at its home.
“I will not let the National Herald close down even if I have to sell Anand Bhawan (to avoid it),” Nehru had once said.

But, early this week, 60 years after the paper’s founding, the city saw a sad spectacle of government officials auctioning properties of Herald as a huge portrait of Nehru brooded over the sorry pass from behind.

The officials invited bids for the machinery and furniture of the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), publishers of the National Herald, Navjeevan (Hindi) and Quami Awaz (Urdu) as per court orders.

The auction of movable properties was initiated at the behest of the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court to realise arrears amounting to Rs ten crore which includes electricity and telephone bills as well as the salary of 400-odd employees for the last 22months.

The National Herald, AJL’s flagship, and the other two papers folded up here two months ago, but the New Delhi edition of Herald still comes out, albeit with a circulation that is yet to reach the four digit.

The hapless employees have lost all hopes of the paper’s revival as they watched bidders haggling over the pieces of machinery and furniture.

In a shockingly lukewarm response, the articles fetched a measly sum of about Rs 40,000.

“In any other country, Britain, for example, such items reminiscent of India’s freedom movement, would have fetched a fortune,” moaned an old-timer who is a reader of Herald since Nehru’s days.

But an auction participant had another explanation, saying the awe for the historic paper and their love for it perhaps prevented them from buying up its belongings.

The auctioned items included a table and chair used by M Chalapathi Rau, National Herald’s long-time celebrated editor.

Many witnessed the auction misty-eyed, speaking innostalgia of the great days of the paper, founded by Nehru with the aim of giving voice to the torch-bearers of the freedom struggle.

“It (auction) is like a funeral of a close associate,” said Usman Ghani, with a crack in his voice. It was indeed a traumatic experience for the veteran journalist who edits the Urdu daily Quami Awaz.

For Herald’s senior sub-editor Maqsoodul Hasan, “It is not just an auction of tables and chairs but what’s at stake is a long and glorious tradition of upright journalism.”

“And what a tradition it was, set dedicatedly by eminent men like K Rama Rao, Herald’s first editor, Chalapathi Rau and others,” exclaimed Abid Suhel who has had a 30-year long association with the group of papers.

“I was a witness to the frequent meetings between Chalapathi Rau and Pandit Nehru who used to visit Herald’s offices, specially to speak to its celebrated editor,” he reminisced in nostalgia.

Speaking about K Rama Rao, the paper’s other famous editor,Suhel remembers with pride that Rao published the stories without headlines when the authorities insisted that they be first approved by the district administration. This happened at the height of Quit India movement in 1942, he recalls.

Among those who had contributed to the expansion and progress of the paper were Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Acharya Narendra Dev, Mohan Lal Saxena, V K Krishna Menon and politicians like Samburanand, C V Gupta, T N Singh and N D Tiwari.Despite its hoary past and stature, the paper often suffered fluctuating fortunes along with the Indian National Congress.

It faced its first closure in 1977 after Indira Gandhi suffered her worst debacle at the hustings that followed the Emergency. Though it resumed publication two years later, the paper again faced closure in 1986 only to be revived a year later with much fanfare at the intervention of the youthful new Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi.

Though the Congress had often helped the paper tide over its many crises, the party’s oscillatingfortunes in elections since 1996 perhaps sealed Herald’s fate, said an employee.

“Ironically, Lucknow, the head office bore the brunt of all financial problems, while the Delhi office functioned somewhat smoothly,” says senior employee M B Bajpayee.

Nevertheless, diehard optimists among Herald’s employees still hope that Congress president Sonia Gandhi would intervene to rescue the famous legacy of Nehru-Gandhi family.

With the twin buildings of `Nehru Bhawan’ and `Nehru Manzil’ housing the newspapers set for auction on December 7, it’s anybody’s guess whether they will fall into to the hands of some real estate entrepreneur or remain with the fourth estate.

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

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