Congress looks at relaunching National Herald after almost a decade

11 Jul 2016 | Written by Sneha Johny; Edited by Gaurav

The Sonia Gandhi-led Congress party is all set to relaunch the National Herald newspaper that was phased out due to a financial crisis almost eight years ago.

The announcement on the newspaper's relaunch could come as early as next week, according to media reports.

It will be relaunched along with two other publications- Qaumi Awaaz, in Urdu, and Navjeewan, in Hindi, reports said.

In context: National Herald newspaper set to be relaunched

The National Herald sagaThe National Herald: Its launch and history

Launched in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru, amidst political strife, it carried on it the line 'Freedom is in Peril, Defend it with All Your Might.'

The newspaper was run by Nehru, until he became PM, and served as a means to advocate his ideologies.

With its 1938 launch in Lucknow, it later branched into launching its Delhi edition in 1968.

British close in on shutting the National Herald

After the 'Quit India Movement', the British shut down the National Herald. The newspaper bid farewel to the masses with a piece called 'Bande Mataram' in 1942. It soon relaunched in 1945, with an article titled 'Jai Hind' that Nehru himself penned.
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2008: National Herald shuts shop

01 Apr 20082008: National Herald shuts shop

In early 2008, discussions sprang up regarding the closure of the newspaper, and by April 1, 2008, the publication shut shop after bouts of turbulent financials.

The newspaper's dwindling revenues and outdated technology, were one among the many reasons for its closure.

It was said that the editorial section did not have a computer, while the press had to make-do with just about five.

The National Herald scam2012: Controversies cloud the National Herald

In 2012, BJP's Subramanian Swamy filed a case against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, alleging that they had illegally acquired National Herald's assets worth about Rs.5,000 crore.

Swamy alleges that the outstanding debt for the newspaper, Rs.90 crore, was granted as an interest-free loan by the Congress to the newspaper's owner.

The accused were summoned by the court in 2015, but later granted bail.

11 Jul 2016Congress looks at relaunching National Herald after almost a decade

Congress on the newspaper's relaunch

"The decision was taken in January this year. We are now close to finalising the editor's name for the operations to start. We will make a formal announcement within a few days." - Congress party treasurer Motilal Vora said.
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31 Aug 2016Neelabh Mishra to head National Herald, Navjeevan

Congress mouthpiece National Herald and its Hindi publication Navjeevan are to be headed by senior journalist Neelabh Mishra as the new editor-in-chief.

Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, who is also managing director of Associated Journals Limited said "the company has appointed senior journalist Neelabh Mishra as editor-in-chief for its Hindi and English newspapers and digital properties with immediate effect."