Pothan Joseph was a journalist whose career spanned the twenty years before and twenty years after India's independence. He worked with notable people of the time such as Annie Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, and Motilal Nehru. He was the first to write a daily political column for five decades, called “Over A Cup of Tea”, sprinkled with Biblical and Dickensian quotes. He started or developed 26 newspapers, including The Indian Express, The Hindusthan Times and the Deccan Herald. He also edited Dawn,the newspaper of Muslim League while it was based in New Delhi. Pothan Joseph guarded editorial freedom. His motto during his working life was “courage, vigilance and fidelity”.Pothan Joseph served as the President of the International Federation of Working Journalists for several years. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, in 1973. He died in 1972.
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