About Us

Maktoob, an independent media initiative based out of Delhi in India, was founded in 2014, by two college students from Kozhikode. The aim was to democratize news and to register a fearless voice against various forms of injustices that exist in our society. Over the years, Maktoob has evolved into a nationally-recognized platform that continues to amplify the voice of the oppressed and the marginalized in India, including Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, women, and other religious, sexual, and linguistic minorities.

Maktoob had played a crucial role in covering the student protests at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University as well as the subsequent brutality of the police and riots in Delhi. We were able to foreground the truth that the majority of national media houses chose to conceal and manipulate. Previously, our dedicated ground reports have been instrumental in bringing national attention to several issues, such as the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula in the University of Hyderabad in 2016, gender discrimination at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata in 2017, student agitation of Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2020, and the recent nationwide protests against the discriminatory citizenship laws.

Maktoob journalist Shaheen Abdulla had won the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Award in the print and electronic media category in June 2020.

Our incisive analyses and editorial interventions have created a significant impact on the ground, yet our endeavor to resist erasure and to nourish a critical engagement with our world remains challenging.


Maktoob welcomes submissions in the form of reportage, personal narratives, translations, analyses, poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, photo essays, —any work that you might find relevant to us. We do not consider material previously published. If you don’t have any work published yet, feel free to send us a pitch of no more than 600 words. Send your ideas and submissions to [email protected] You should hear from us in about three days.


Aslah Kayyalakkath, Founder Editor

Aslah is the Founding Editor of Maktoob. He has pursued postgraduation in History from Nalanda University, Bihar, and a Diploma in Turkish Language from Universıty of Anadolu, Turkey. His reports also appear in Al Jazeera and The Caravan Magazine. Contact him in his email [email protected]

Naseel Voici, Founder Editor

Naseel, Founder Editor of Maktoob managed the editorial activities of Maktoob until April 2015 and took a leave from the position, as he joined Malayala Manorama Group. He started his 9+year career in the media industry in 2011 as a freelance journalist. Postgraduate in Mass Communication, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and English literature, he is an avid traveler and has published various articles in leading dailies and also a book titled ‘Phir Milenge’. Currently, he acts as the Consulting editor.

Our team

Shaheen Abdulla, Creative Editor 

Shaheen Abdulla is the Creative Editor of Maktoob. Shaheen has directed a documentary on the NRC issue in Assam, ‘In a state of doubt’ and the documentary received wide comments and discussion across India. In 2020 June, Shaheen won the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Award in the print and electronic media category. A post-graduate in convergent journalism from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Shaheen’s works appear in Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Caravan Magazine, Vice India, The Quint, and Dalit Camera.

Shakeeb KPA, Photojournalist 

Shakeeb KPA is our most trusted multimedia journalist. He has worked on several projects including Tamasha, a Malayalam movie, and Furqan Reality Show in MediaOne TV, and is currently a student of P.G. Diploma in Still Photography & Visual Communication in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He coordinates the production and designing activities including video shooting, editing, and making posters and infographics.