Senior journalist and Indian Express national bureau chief Ravish Tiwari died this Saturday morning. He was 40 and was suffering from cancer since June 2020.
Tiwari, who was also serving as national political editor for Indian Express, headed a team of journalists which reported on matters related to diplomacy, foreign affairs, strategic affairs, national security, health, education, state as well as national elections, infrastructure, the Prime Minister’s office, and environment, among others. He had also widely reported on rural environment, agriculture, politics as well as the current elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) before he lost his two-year-long battle to cancer on 19 February.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi condoled Tiwari’s untimely demise through a tweet, “Destiny has taken away Ravish Tiwari too soon. A bright career in the media world comes to an end. I would enjoy reading his reports and would also periodically interact with him. He was insightful and humble. Condolences to his family and many friends. Om Shanti.”
President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Minister of Home Affair Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and many other political leaders and as well as Press Club of India and several members of the media fraternity expressed their condolences to the bereaved family on Tiwari’s premature demise.
Tiwari grew up in the Deoria district in eastern Uttar Pradesh and was known for his passion for political journalism. An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, alumnus, he was one of the six from the 2005-06 batch of Rhodes Scholars who pursued social justice in education at Oxford University, which turned the tide of his career.
With an inherent flair for reporting and shrewd commentary, his was a distinctive voice in the Indian political reporting sphere. Besides his extensive journalistic career with the Indian Express, he also had short stints with India Today and the Economic Times during his early days.
The fountainhead of knowledge and always a source of inspiration, Tiwari has left behind a rich harvest of memories to cherish, honor, and emulate.
Tiwari is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.
2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India
Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and
multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.
The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry.
While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately
their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book
printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.
The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.
Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.
Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.
Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.