Praveen Swami, P Sainath quit Hindu: Report

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New Delhi, July 15: Senior editors of the Hindu, Praveen Swami and P Sainath have quit the newspaper, according to this report. Swami has joined the Indian Express as the National Editor, Strategic & International Affairs while Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor, will work on a few rural projects as of now, the report said.

Sainath and Swami were reportedly found it difficult to work under a new set-up in the media house which emerged following a change in the power structure in Kasturi and Sons Ltd, which publishes the newspaper, last October.

In his resignation letter, Swami, who was also the Resident Editor in New Delhi, said the last few months have not been pleasant and he was more eager to concentrate on journalism and not fight purposeless battles. He also owed an apology for "having failed to protect" young reporters and senior colleagues from bad treatment, the report added.

Swami did not divulge the details but said he felt like working for Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator of the mid-1970s, the report said. He though ruled out any political pressure on the media house.

Twelve senior journalists besides Swami and Sainath have reportedly resigned, mainly because of the indifferent attitude of the top management.

Former editor Siddhartha Varadarajan and executive editor MK Venu quit the newspaper last year after the Hindu's owners decided to run the paper themselves.

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