Aniruddha Bahal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cobrapost.com (2003), India’s first investigative non-profit (since 2013). Bahal also co-founded Tehelka in 2000. Previously, Bahal has also worked for India Today, Down to Earth, Financial Express, and Outlook, among other publications. Bahal’s authored Bunker 13 in 2003 to international acclaim. His most recent novel The Emissary, a historical novel set in ancient Greece, was published in 2010. Bahal has a comic coming out in 2015.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
New Delhi, India
Who do you work for?
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
All i wanted to be was a novelist. I took up journalism to support my writing. Then the journalism itself became so interesting that it sucked me in. So now my life alternates between being a journalist and being a writer! With other professions thrown in to relieve the tedium!
What are your career highlights?
Very bland. Founder of Cobrapost.com in 2003, Co-founding of Tehelka in 2000, Co-founding the Foundation of Media Professionals in 2008, Publication of Bunker 13 in 2003, The Emissary in 2010, The Tony B Show in 2009. The case law generated because of the many battles in the courts of India as a result of investigative stories run by Cobrapost. Journalists can now make use of these precedents.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
Meeting a source for the next big story.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
In the Indian context the journalism of Manoj Mitta, Josy Joseph, Ramesh Menon, Ashish Khetan, Jason Burke, Priyanka Dubey, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Chinki Sinha, Shalini Singh, Seema Chisthi, Suhasini Haider, Mihir Sharma, Manu Pubby, Ajit Sahi, Shoma Chaudhary, the fiction and columns of Manu Joseph, columns of Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and the Hindi television channels for the accountability they bring to the Indian landscape though often laced with voyeuristic undertones.
In the international context it would have to be institutions like The New York Times, The Guardian, ProPublica, and other American investigative non-profits. Strangely, the British tabloids as well for the accountability they bring to the political and social landscape of Britain.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
The investigative work of Cobrapost.com, India’s first non-profit, investigative platform and my fiction if anybody is interested.
Where can we find you?