The Associated Journals Limited, a not-for-profit company founded in 1937 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has announced its plans to resume the publication of its Urdu newspaper Qaumi Awaz along with a digital version. Qaumi Awaz had temporarily suspended publication in 2008, following which Urdu readers across the country felt its absence.
Veteran journalist Zafar Agha has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of Qaumi Awaz as well as the digital property with immediate effect. He will be responsible for building and leading the team of Qaumi Awaz and its digital and related assets.
Agha, a senior journalist and a well-known columnist with nearly three decades of print and electronic experience, started his career in 1980 with the first Indian news magazine, Link. In a span of a little over two decades, he worked for many leading newspapers including The Business and Political Observer, India Today and The Patriot. He has been writing columns both for national and foreign newspapers. His TV programme Guftagu on ETV (Urdu) has been widely perceived as the most watched programme in Urdu.
The spirit of the forthcoming publication of The Associated Journals Limited is captured by the tagline ‘Freedom is in Peril, Defend it with All Your Might’. The publication and digital website shall follow the same editorial vision and principles as that of the founder, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It shall seek to give voice to the vision of Pandit Nehru and continue to occupy a liberal, progressive, secular space, furthering the best values of the Freedom Movement—that of building a modern, democratic, just, equitable, liberal and socially harmonious nation, free of sectarian strife.