National Herald may be launched in online format

The Congress’s mouthpiece, National Herald , may soon be launched in an online format, its newly appointed Editor-in-Chief Neelabh Mishra said on the eve of the birth anniversary of the newspaper founder, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Though Mr. Mishra did not give any specific date for the launch, he told PTI that finishing touches were being given to the party journal.

The Associated Journals Ltd. had in August announced that National Herald , which became defunct in 2008, would resume publication.

“The Associated Journals Ltd, a company founded in 1937 by Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru, has taken steps to resume publication of its English and Hindi newspapers National Herald and Navjivan ,” Congress Treasurer Motilal Vora, who is also managing director of AJL Limited, had said.

The party had said that the spirit of the forthcoming publications of The Association Journals Limited, a not for profit company, is captured by the tagline “Freedom is in peril, defend it with your might.”

Mr. Vora said the publications shall seek to give voice to the vision of Nehru and shall seek to occupy a liberal, progressive, secular space.

“They shall strive to represent the under-represented and all those deprived of voice, thereby promoting the ideals of a plural, democratic party,” he said.

The decision to relaunch the publication had come in the midst of a legal battle over its past, which has ensnared Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul. The issue is at present pending in court. — PTI

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