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Since its reincarnation in 2010 as India’s first magazine of long-form narrative journalism, The Caravan has established itself as one of the country’s most respected and intellectually agile publications, setting new benchmarks for the Indian and South Asian media. We publish immersive reportage, daring commentary, path-breaking investigations, insightful literary criticism and more, spanning the worlds of politics, culture, business, society, media, the environment and the arts.


Our fiercely independent, subscriber-supported newsroom is home to one of the most diverse teams in Indian journalism, and we frequently work with many of the finest reporters and writers in the country and the region. In addition to a monthly print issue, we present web-exclusive stories on our website, as well as multimedia features and a Hindi section. Our archives represent some of the best journalism available anywhere on the most urgent and compelling issues of Indian and South Asian life.


The Caravan is published by the Delhi Press Group. Started in 1939, Delhi Press today publishes 33 magazines in 10 languages.


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Legal action


2011


IIPM vs Delhi Press Patra Prakashan Pvt Ltd


The Caravan was the subject of a Rs 50 crore [D1] defamation suit by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, an unaccredited business school, after it published a profile of IIPM’s owner, Arindham Chaudhuri (“Sweet Smell of Success: How Arindam Chaudhuri made a fortune off the aspirations—and insecurities—of India’s middle classes”). An ex-parte order was issued by a court in Silchar, Assam, and a court injunction compelled the magazine to take the profile of Chaudhuri down from its website. The magazine went to the Supreme Court, asking for the case to be transferred to Delhi, and this request was granted in 2015. In 2018, the Delhi High Court vacated the injunction against publishing the profile and dismissed the IIPM’s application for a temporary injunction. The profile has been restored to The Caravan’s website, and the IIPM is now defunct.



MK Chaudhuri vs Delhi Press Patra Pvt Ltd


Arindam Chaudhuri’s father, MK Chaudhuri, sent a legal notice to Delhi Press in connection to The Caravan’s profile of his son (“Sweet Smell of Success: How Arindam Chaudhuri made a fortune off the aspirations—and insecurities—of India’s middle classes”). Summons were served in 2018.


2013


Anil Ambani sent The Caravan a series of legal notices warning of action if the magazine proceeded with the publication of a story on Goolam Vahanvati, the serving attorney general (“Inside Man: The convenient opinions of Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati”). The story contained details of alleged favours that Ambani’s companies had received from Vahanvati. The Caravan published the story, and no legal action followed.


2015


Essar Group vs Delhi Press Prakashan Pvt Ltd


Essar Group sent a legal notice to The Caravan in connection to a story on the corporate group (“Doing the Needful: Essar’s industry of influence”) and subsequently filed a Rs 250 crore defamation suit against the magazine in Gujarat. The Caravan has filed replies denying Essar Group’s allegations in toto. The suit has yet not been taken up for hearing because of an injunction application filed by Essar Group.


2018


The Caravan vs Saregama Carvaan


The Caravan submitted a dispute to the Indian trademark authority alleging infringements by Saregama India Ltd with its portable music player named “Carvaan”.



Rahul Bhandare vs Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Others


Rahul Bhandare, the managing director of Knowledge Infrastructure Systems Pvt Ltd, sent a legal notice to The Caravan regarding his suit against the journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta over a story featuring KISPL (“Is the revenue intelligence investigation into the Rs 50,000 crore over-invoicing heading towards a judicial logjam?”). The magazine responded to the notice.



The Adani Group sent a legal notice to The Caravan in connection to an investigation into its coal-miing operations (“Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government”). The magazine responded to the notice.



Ishwar Baheti, a resident of Latur in Maharashtra, sent a legal notice to the reporter Niranjan Takle and The Caravan’s editors with regard to reports that named him in connection with the sudden death of the judge BH Loya while he was hearing the case of an extrajudicial killing where the prime accused was Amit Shah, Narendra Modi’s trusted lieutenant (“A Family Breaks Its Silence: Shocking details emerge in death of judge presiding over Sohrabuddin trial”). Takle and The Caravan responded to the notice.



Dr Makarand Vyavahare sent a legal notice to our staff writer Nikita Saxena and The Caravan’s editors in connection to a report on his role in the manipulation of the post-mortem examination for the judge BH Loya (“Post-mortem examination was manipulated under directions of doctor related to Maharashtra cabinet minister”). The Caravan responded to the legal notices.


2019


Vivek Doval vs Jai Ram Ramesh and Others


Vivek Doval, son of the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, filed a criminal defamation case against Kaushal Shroff, then a staff writer at The Caravan; Paresh Nath, the publisher of The Caravan; and the Congress politician Jairam Ramesh. The case came in response to a report by Shroff (“The D-Companies: Ajit Doval’s sons run a web of companies including a Cayman Islands hedge fund even as father demands crackdown on tax havens”) and a subsequent press conference organised by Ramesh independently of The Caravan where he referred to the report. The case is before the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi and remains at the stage of submitting complainant evidence. Ramesh has apologised for his press conference. The Caravan continues to stand by the report and defend itself in the case.


2020


The Bharatiya Janata Party politician SC Vats sent a legal notice to The Caravan in connection to a story that featured him (“High court dismisses Delhi BJP candidate SC Vats’s application to hide news of rape accusation”). The magazine responded to the notice.



Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited sent a legal notice to The Caravan in connection to a tweet linked to a report on the company (“New affidavit in Indiabulls case accuses Yes Bank of dubious loans of thousands of crores”). The magazine responded to the notice.


2021


Paresh Nath and Anant Nath, publishers of The Caravan, and Vinod K Jose, the magazine’s executive editor, have been named in ten First Information Reports filed across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka alleging sedition in The Caravan’s coverage of the 2020–21 farmers’ protests.


1. Crime no. 024/2021 dated 29.1.2021, filed in Bengaluru, Karnataka
Complainant: Rakesh BS, S/o Srinivas, Flat no. A, 206, 3rd cross, VGP Layout, Kudlu, Bengaluru, Karnataka


2. FIR no. 0076 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Noida Sector 20, Uttar Pradesh

Complainant: Arpit Mishra, Flat no. 1102, CG – 2, SuperTech Cape Town, Sector 74, Noida, Uttar Pradesh


3. FIR no. 0045 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Sanjay Raghuwanshi, 143 Koshal Nagar, Misrod, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


4. FIR no. 0022 dated 28.1.2021, filed at IP Estate, New Delhi

Complainant: Chiranjiv Kumar, House no. 55A, DDA Flats, Mata Sundri Road, IP Estate, New Delhi


5. FIR no. 0067 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Sarni, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Rahul Verma, Ward no. 12, Double Storey Quarter no. 177, Sarni, Betul, Madhya Pradesh


6. FIR no. 0082 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Multai, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Balmukund Kumar Dongre, Behind Vyas Dhaba, Ambedkar Ward, Betul Road, Multai, Betul, Madhya Pradesh


7. FIR no. 0013 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Shivpur, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Satish Kumar Yadav, Gram Shivpur, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh


8. FIR no. 0009 dated 28.1.2021, filed at Gurugram, Haryana

Complainant: Pankaj S/o. Mahabir Singh, 80 Chopra Patti Jharsha, Cybercrime Police Station, Gurugram, Haryana


9. FIR no. 0083 dated 29.1.2021, filed at Amiliya, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Gajraj Singh S/o. Late Janardan Singh Amiliya, Tehsil Sihawal Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh


10. FIR no. 0074 dated 29.1.2021, filed at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh

Complainant: Jagannath Prasad Vaishy S/o. Sumant Ram Vaishy, Bhabhora, Mada Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh


The Supreme Court has stayed the arrest of The Caravan’s publishers and executive editor, as well as others named in the FIRs.



The journalist Nitin A Gokhale sent a legal notice to The Caravan and Hartosh Singh Bal, the magazine’s political editor, in connection to a report on how Gokhale suggested that the government classify journalists based on their perceived views on the Modi government (Paranoia about digital coverage led ministers to propose media clampdown, monitoring “negative influencers”), as well as tweets related on it. The magazine responded to the notice.




Accolades


2010


Mridu Khullar, “The Treasure of Trash: In the race to modernise before the Commonwealth Games, Delhi’s trashpickers are being left behind,” February 2010


Development Journalist of the Year Award at the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Developing Asia Journalism Awards



Mehboob Jeelani, “The Man Who Says No To New Delhi: How defiance made Syed Ali Geelani relevant in Kashmir,” September 2010


Ramnath Goenka Award for Reporting from Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast (Print)


2011


Samanth Subramanian, “The Confidence Man: How Lalit Modi built and then lost a billion-dollar cricket kingdom,” March 2011


Longform’s Best of 2011 compilation, Sports reportage



Vinod K Jose, “River Deep Mountain High: How five kilograms of plutonium was lost in the Himalayas, and is still missing,” November 2010;
The Last Lear: Karunanidhi’s struggle to cling to power and hold together his fractious political dynasty,” April 2011


Honourable mention in the 2011 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

 

2012


Vinod K Jose, “The Last Lear: Karunanidhi's struggle to cling to power and hold together his fractious political dynasty,” April 2011;
Falling Man: Manmohan Singh at the centre of the storm,” October 2011


Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Reporting on Politics & Government



Christophe Jaffrelot, “India: More than a Market,” January 2011;
The Pacification of Swami Aseemanand,” March 2011;
Ramdev: Swami without sampradaya,” July 2011; “India Keeps Abstaining,” August 2011; etc.


Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Commentary and Interpretive Writing



Rohini Mohan, “The Defeated: Sri Lanka’s Tamils pick up the pieces after the war,” February 2012


Recognised as the best print media article on humanitarian issues by the International Committee of the Red Cross in collaboration with the Press Institute of India


2013


Prayaag Akbar, “The Growing Tuberculosis Threat: Can India control drug-resistant tuberculosis?,” October 2012


Award for effective reporting on tuberculosis by REACH/Lilly MDR-TB Partnership



Vinod K Jose, “Falling Man: Manmohan Singh at the centre of the storm,” October 2011


Selected by Columbia School of Journalism as part of a centennial compilation of 100 great stories covered by its alumni



Vinod K Jose, “The Emperor Uncrowned: The rise of Narendra Modi,” March 2012; “On the Success of Ethics: Can the Indian journalist and media proprietor survive this gilded age?,” December 2012


Cited for reporting excellence by the jury of the Osborne Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia



Samanth Subramanian, “The Outlier: The inscrutable politics of Subramanian Swamy,” May 2012


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Political Story



Samanth Subramanian, “Supreme Being: How Samir Jain created the modern Indian newspaper industry,” December 2012


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Entertainment/Media Story


2014


Dinesh Narayanan, “RSS 3.0: Mohan Bhagwat brings a resurgent Sangh to the cusp of political power,” May 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Political Feature



Dinesh Narayanan, “A Shah Overthrown: The bull run of billionaire Jignesh Shah comes to a catastrophic end,” November 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk award for Best Business Story



Leena Gita Reghunath, “The Believer: Swami Aseemanand’s radical service to the Sangh,” February 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Crime Feature



Salil Tripathi, “Blood in the Water: The contested history of one of Bangladesh’s worst wartime massacres,” November 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Human Rights Feature



Rahul Bhatia, “Beyond the Boundary: How N Srinivasan became cricket’s biggest hitter,” August 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Best Sports Feature



Nikita Saxena, “Smokescreen: How a world-famous cigarette brand got around India’s restrictions on tobacco advertising,” September 2014


Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Best Health and Wellness Feature



Rahul Bhatia, “Beyond the Boundary: How N Srinivasan became cricket’s biggest hitter,” August 2014


Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Sports Journalism category



Krishn Kaushik, “Rigged: Who is undermining ONGC?,” July 2014


Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Reporting on Business and Economics


2015


Nilita Vachani, “Inside Job: The woman sacrificed to nab Raj Rajaratnam,” November 2015


Asian College of Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism



Sumana Ramanan, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Hindustani music’s long journey from Delhi to Mumbai,” April 2015


Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for the Best Print Feature in the Lifestyle and Entertainment category


2017


Chitrangada Choudhury, “In Two Districts of Bastar, Adivasi women report sexual assaults by security forces during military operations,” January 2016;
The NCST’s report on gangrapes and assaults in Bastar says there is a breakdown of discipline among security forces,” May 2016


Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in the Web Investigative Series and Print Investigate Series categories


2018


Leena Gita Reghunath, “The Murky Case of Mangalam TV and the Questions it Raises About the Gender Problem in Malayalam Journalism,” May 2017


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award in the Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equity–Print category



Aruna Chandrasekhar, “The Anatomy of a Fake Surrender: A movement against bauxite mining in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills,” August 2017


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award in the Environment–Print category


2019


Sagar, “Papers and Planes: The hidden story of how Ajit Doval and the Modi cabinet undermined Indian interests in the Rafale deal,” December 2018


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award in the Politics–Print category



Nileena MS, “Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government,” March 2018


Asian College of Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism



Bhavya Dore, Ankush Kumar, Sadaf Aman and Petra Sorge,
How industry bodies are using the NCPCR and UNICEF to whitewash accusations of child labour,” January 2020


Fetisov Journalism Awards, second prize in the Contribution to Civil Rights category


2021


The Caravan receives the 2021 Louis M Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University



Prabhjit Singh and Arshu John, “Crime and Prejudice: The BJP and Delhi Police’s hand in the Delhi violence,” September 2020


Asian College of Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism



Sagar, “Statements of 33 inmates belie the CBI’s claim of no murders in Muzaffarpur Shelter-home case,” January 2020


Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award in the Politics category



Siddharth Dube, “Minding Their Business: The unfinished battle for sex workers’ rights,” June 2020


Two Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity in the Print–National and English-language Investigate Story categories



Sharanya Manivannan, “Desire and gender in two novels about hereditary dancers,” August 2020


Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity in the Features–Print category



Hrishita Rajbangshi, “Possessed by Greed: The enduring human toll of Assam’s witch-hunts,” October 2020


Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity in the Regional category