The Caravan is India’s first long-form narrative journalism magazine. It was relaunched in 2010 as a journal of politics and culture dedicated to meticulous reporting and the art of narrative. Since then, The Caravan has established itself as one of the country’s most respected and intellectually agile magazines, and set new benchmarks for Indian journalism
Our stories are based on months of reporting and research, and are crafted into dramatic narratives that employ pace, colour, character and literary style. They bring the excitement and readability of great fiction to stories with real characters, real plots and real consequences. We work with some of the finest reporters and writers in South Asia, and beyond, to tackle complex subjects at a depth which transcends that of the daily news. In the Lede and Perspective sections, we showcase unique pieces of short reportage and incisive essays of commentary and analysis. These pave the way for the in-depth, long-form stories in the Reportage and Essays section, as well as the insightful literary criticism of our Books pieces. To present more of our journalism on the internet, in April 2014 we launched Vantage, a section of online exclusives, which continues to expand our influence on Indian political and intellectual debate.
The Caravan’s stories have received nominations and awards innumerous categories at India’s most prestigious journalism awards, and our social media feeds see greater traffic and engagement than those of any other English-language magazine in the country. The Caravan fills a niche in the Indian media market that has remained vacant for far too long: one for the intellectually curious and aesthetically refined reader, who demands style and substance, and seeks reportage that is rich, nuanced, and fiercely independent.
Chirtangada Choudhury won the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in the Web Investigative Series category, for two stories published on Vantage, the web-exclusives section of The Caravan. Choudhury reported on the sexual assault faced by Adivasi women in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, by members of the armed forces stationed there, as well as the lack of action by the state in the matter.
2015 Nilita Vachani won the inaugural Asian College of Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism for her story “Inside Job” (November 2015), where she reported on the manner in which the businessman Raj Rajaratnam exploited Manju Das, a domestic worker from West Bengal. Sumana Ramanan won the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for the best print feature in the Lifestyle and Entertainment category for “Tale of Two Cultures” (April 2015), her story on the history of music in India.
Dinesh Narayanan won the Red Ink Award for the Best Political Feature of 2014 by the Mumbai Press Club for his profile of the RSS ideologue Mohan Bhagwat (‘RSS 3.0,’ May 2014) as well the award for the Best Business Story of 2014 for his story on how the bull run of billionaire Jignesh Shah came to a catastrophic end (‘A Shah Overthrown,’ November 2014).
Leena Gita Reghunath, the former editorial manager of The Caravan, won the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Best Crime Feature of 2014 for her story on Swami Aseemanand’s radical service to the Sangh (‘The Believer,’ February 2014).
Salil Tripathi, a contributing editor of The Caravan, won the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Best Human Rights Feature of 2014 for his story about the contested history of one of Bangladesh’s worst wartime massacres (‘Blood In The Water,’ November 2014).
Rahul Bhatia, a former staff writer for The Caravan, won the Mumbai Press Club’s Best Sports Feature of 2014 as well as the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Sports Journalism category, for his profile of the Indian industrialist and former chairman of the International Cricket Council, N Srinivasan. (‘Beyond the Boundary,’ August 2014).
Nikita Saxena, the web editor of The Caravan, won the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Best Health and Wellness Feature of 2014 for her story about how a world-famous cigarette brand got around India’s restrictions on tobacco advertising (‘Smokescreen,’ September 2014).
Krishn Kaushik, a staff writer with The Caravan, won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Reporting on Business and Economics for his story about the malaise affecting ONGC (‘Rigged,’ July 2014).
Prayaag Akbar’s story on the rising threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis was conferred an award for effective reporting on Tuberculosis by REACH/ Lilly MDR-TB Partnership (‘The Growing Tuberculosis Threat,’ October 2012).
Vinod K Jose’s profile of the former prime minister Manmohan Singh was included in the centennial compilation of 100 Great Stories covered by Columbia School journalists (‘Falling Man,’ October 2011). Jose is the executive editor of The Caravan.
Vinod K Jose’s profile of Narendra Modi (‘The Emperor Uncrowned: The Rise of Narendra Modi,’ March 2012) and his piece on the evolving relationship between the Indian journalist and the media proprietors (‘On the Success of Ethics,’ December 2012) were cited for reporting excellence by the jury for the Osborne Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. Jose is the executive editor of The Caravan.
Samanth Subramanian won the Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Best Political Story of 2012 for his profile of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, (‘The Outlier,’ May 2012), as well as Best Entertainment/Media Story of 2012 for his profile of the media baron Samir Jain, (‘Supreme Being,’ December 2012).
Mehboob Jeelani, a former staff writer at The Caravan, was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Reporting from J&K and the Northeast (Print) for his profile of the separatist Syed Ali Geelani (‘The Man Who Says No To New Delhi,’ September 2010).
Vinod K Jose, the executive editor of The Caravan, was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Reporting on Politics & Government for his profiles of the former prime minister Manmohan Singh (‘Falling Man,’ October 2011) and the aging DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi (‘The Last Lear,’ April 2011).
Christophe Jaffrelot, a contributing editor at The Caravan, was awarded Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Commentary and Interpretive Writing including his Perspectives pieces ‘India Keeps Abstaining’ (August 2011), ‘Ramdev: Swami without Sampradaya’ (July 2011), ‘The Pacification of Swami Aseemanand’ (March 2011), and ‘India More than a Market’ (January 2011).
Rohini Mohan’s story on the aftermath of the civil war on Sri Lanka’s Tamils was recognised as the best print media article on humanitarian issues by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Press Institute of India (‘The Defeated,’ February 2012).
Samanth Subramanian’s a profile of the Indian businessman and cricket administrator Lalit Modi was listed in the website Longform’s Best of 2011 compilation in the sports reportage category. (‘The Confidence Man,’ March 2011).
Vinod K Jose, the executive editor of The Caravan, received an honourable mention in the 2011 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism for his two stories: a bungled Indo-US espionage mission in the Himalayas (‘River Deep Mountain High,’ December 2010), and a profile of the M Karunanidhi (‘The Last Lear,’ April 2011).
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