Issue 428 December 1, 2019
It is often said that sleep is short death and death is long sleep.
We would like to believe that our Founder-Managing Director & Publisher Ravin Lal has had short death and that he would return in a week or two and call us to say that he has determined to help us with the next issue of Indian Newslink.
But Death plays a nasty game with us mortals, making us helpless observers, incapable of reversing its moves.
The death of Ravin on the morning of November 28, 2019, succumbing to a battle of illness, left a void which would be hard to fill.
Our former Boss Ravin Lal
Emphasis on Freedom
For, the man raised the debate on freedom of speech and more, freedom of the press through fearless protection of his Editor with passion.
Eighteen years ago, when our offices were savaged by a merciless fire, everything was gutted, except hope- he had it in abundance. We bounced back in less than 18 hours and two days later, the issue was published on schedule.
None could intimidate him; “If you have facts and the courage to back it, go ahead and carry it; even it is about me, be the fearless Editor that you are Bosso,” he would say.
Twelve years ago, we launched our Business Awards Programme. Our ambition was unmatched by finances but the man was undeterred. “We will be recognised and we do not have to look back,” he said.
Those words came true.
Soon thereafter, we thought of our Lecture series.
His response was enthusiastic.
“What a great idea. Let us do it, Bosso,” he said. “We should organise such quality programmes and stimulate the thinking of people. I am with you.”
And then followed the Sports and Community Awards and others.
Ravin was not a writer but knew how the Newsroom should function.
He believed as much on editorial integrity as he did on its independence.
He told John Key when the latter was the Prime Minister: “I have always believed in honest and fearless journalism. Indian Newslink may be a small newspaper but it follows principles and high professional standards. We have never failed to do our duty even on the face of threats and risks of legal challenges. I concentrate on the business aspects of the newspaper while highly experienced and competent professionals look after editorial and production to deliver a quality newspaper every fortnight. I am sure that this newspaper will continue to grow.”
He had long innings in the publishing industry and was a master in Marketing. He would plan features that no one ever has been able to emulate. He was a salesman, photographer, thumbnail artist and minutes after each issue is printed, its distributor. And from the following day, he would become the bill collector.
There was no job big or small for Ravin.
It may have been easy to differ on issues with Ravin, but there was never the thought of breaking away from him. He was firm on principles but gentle on relationships.
He was, in a sense, one of a kind.
Many have recounted their friendship with Ravin but none of them have let their eyes grow dry.
Have you ever seen a grown-up men cry?
Many of us did as we heard the dreaded news.
Ravin, sleep Bosso, you did not have time for it when you were alive.
Before we join you, we will try and live up to your standards.
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