Indian journalist Seema Mustafa on the genesis of her opposition to the India-US nuclear deal, which some speculate could have contributed to M.J. Akbar being eased out of his position as editor of The Asian Age:
“It had to do with a certain commitment with which I joined the profession—a belief that journalism was powerful enough to change the world.
“I was fortunate in working with the greatest editors in Indian journalism, who not just added to this conviction, but also taught me that a good journalist was not one who made his or her peace with the establishment (as that is very easy and very comforting), but who questioned policy and wrote about the pitfalls.
“Journalism, they said, was all about irreverence, and had nothing to do with subservience.”
Excerpted from a column by Seema Mustafa in India Abroad