The five co-opted members of the INS executive committee have been frozen on, according to reliable sources close to the development. They are Syed Asif of ‘These Days’, Delhi; P V Chandran of ‘Mathrubhumi’; Chaitanya Kashyap of ‘Chetna Rathnam’; B M Sharma of ‘Sandhya Jyoti Darpan’, Jaipur; and Kiran D Thakur of ‘Tarun Bharat’, Belgaum.
The executive committee consists of 35 elected members, 10 past presidents and the five co-opted members. Speaking to exchange4media after the elections to the executive committee, INS President, Hormusji Cama, had said that attempts would be made to get “some of the big publications back in”.
As reported by exchange4media, eight members of the executive committee had been unseated in the elections. These included N Murali of ‘The Hindu’, Shanta Kumar of ‘Deccan Herald’, I Venkat of ‘Eenadu’, D D Purkayastha and Dr A B Sinha of ‘ABP’, Gulab Kothari of ‘Rajasthan Patrika’, Shakti Das Gupta of ‘Vartamaan’ and M S Mani of ‘Kerala Kaumudi’. None of them find a place in the list of co-opted members.
‘Mathrubhumi’ has one seat on the executive committee already, represented by M P Veerendrakumar. Elections for the office bearers’ posts and the executive committee were held on September 18, 2006.
INS elections 2006-07: Hormusji Cama elected President, Bahubali Shah is Deputy President