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Issue No.: 576 | June 2015

Raju and Freedom First

Ashok Karnik

S. V. RAJU became synonymous with the Freedom First when he adopted Minoo Masani’s child as his own. He was a man dedicated to any task he took up. The Swatantra Party was his ideological flag pole but after its dissolution, he gave himself to the Freedom First. Notwithstanding his ideological convictions, he remained a truly ‘liberal’ man. He respected the opinions of others and tried to understand their views. His liberalism led him to respect diagonally opposite points of view. He turned the Freedom First from a voice in the wilderness to a well-respected opinion-make. He was ever keen to cover all important developments quickly and objectively. As an Editor, he did not reject any article just because he did not agree with its view-point. All that mattered was that it was logically presented and was free of malice.

He prided himself as a ‘Liberal’ and was the Chairman of the Indian Liberal Group for a number of years. He did not fear criticism but was sensitive to attacks on his motives. He was not cynical and hoped that the country would see better days; he believed that the Modi Government deserved to be given a chance to change the country’s direction. He was willing to put aside the Godhra episode (not forget) and see if Modi could lead the country differently. It hurt him deeply when he was accused of being partial to communalists. He refused to hit back or offer any defence. If his critics misunderstood his motives, he suffered in silence and carried on undeterred but the hurt showed.

More importantly, Raju was a ‘Good’ man. There are geniuses, scholars, leaders but there are few good men in public life. We have lost a ‘Good’ man and that is so sad!

Ashok Karnik





Other Articles in this Issue


In this issue ...


Tribute to S. V. Raju

Nurturing a Tradition

Jehangir Patel

Fond Reminiscences of our dear Editor ...


Raju and Freedom First

Ashok Karnik

Remembering Raju

Firoze Hirjikaka

Guntur Remembers Raju


Tribute to S. V. Raju



The National Scene

NDA’s Management of the Economy – More of the Same

Ranga Kota

Agrarian Crisis – Rural Distress – and All That

Sunil S. Bhandare

Rahul Resurgent

Firoze Hirjikaka

The Year That Was ...

H. R. BapuSatyanarayana

The Rural Perspective

Agriculture and Rural Indebtedness - VIII

R. M. Mohan Rao

Point Counter Point : Every issue has at least two sides


Ashok Karnik

Being Salman Khan

Ashok Karnik

Farmers’ Suicides

Ashok Karnik

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

Modi Goes to China: Development at Home and Peace on the Border

B. Ramesh Babu

ISIS - A New Threat

Ashok Karnik

Dawood’s Return?

Ashok Karnik

Swastika: Whose Symbol Is It Any Way?

Nitin G. Raut

The Swatantra Party in Gujarat - A Historical Perspective

The Swatantra Party in Gujarat: A Shooting Star (Part II)

Usha Thakkar
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