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Dear colleagues, It is with a deep sense of disappointment and sadness that I write this letter. The present Board of Directors has used a tenuous majority to force me out of my position as Joint Editor of The Hindu. With the appointment of Siddharth Varadarajan as Editor it has become untenable for me to continue as Joint Editor of The Hindu. I would like to state for the record that I strongly protest this manner of trying to reorganize the company; with little foresight, complete insensitivity, and a lack of grace and decency. Opportunistic factionalism has taken precedence over concern for the institution's welfare and progress as demonstrated in recent months. Under the guise of professionalizing, experienced and professionally trained family members who have worked conscientiously and tirelessly for this institution for decades have been jettisoned to serve the self interest, the misguided perceptions and the personal agenda of a few. With competitors making alarming inroads into our territory, functioning in this cavalier manner and playing the numbers game does not bode well for the future of The Hindu.
I would like to also reiterate that I am not "stepping down" as per the majority propelled Board diktat but resigning of my own accord as Joint Editor. I will however continue as Whole Time Director of the Company. Please take this letter on record. Nirmala Lakshman 20th July 2011