About Us

Maktoob, an independent media initiative based out of Delhi in India, was founded in 2014, by Aslah Kayyalakkath and Naseel Voici.

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 journalist Shaheen Abdulla 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 endeavour to resist erasure and nourish a critical engagement with our world remains challenging.


Submissions from all identities are welcome, but special priority will be given to individuals/communities that have been historically marginalised.

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 Kayyalakkath is the Founding Editor of Maktoob. He has pursued a postgraduation in History from Nalanda University, Bihar, and a Diploma in the Turkish Language from University 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 Voici was a co-founder of Maktoob. As a freelance journalist and contributor with an extensive portfolio of published articles on leading media platforms, he played a pivotal role in the establishment of Maktoob and contributed significantly to the company’s growth trajectory over the years. Naseel later left the organization for reasons related to his personal and professional pursuits.

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 on 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.


If readers have any grievance related to the privacy of information provided to Maktoob they may contact Sahid Faris who is designated as the Grievance Officer in this regard. The user can contact the Grievance Officer by email on [email protected].