We hope this email finds you in good health.
Allow us to share the story of a courageous journalism initiative. By the time you finish reading it, we hope to find in you a co-traveler in the long journey that awaits us.
Maktoob, an independent media initiative based out of Kerala and 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.
Since its inception, Maktoob has been running on limited funds, most of which came from the monthly savings of the founders. Now that the platform as well as the idea, has acquired a broader scope, scale, and character, we need your support to continue speaking up and speaking out.
Our thoughtful, in-depth journalism values voices that are often relegated to oblivion in the deafening commotion of mainstream media. We are sharp in our editorial positions and we are succinct in our journalistic pursuits. We persevere in our attempt to uphold democratic and secular ideals and we persist with our questions and challenges to power.
You can have a look at the stories we cover here, and we are confident that they will speak to you.
Maktoob is now being read across the nation and in these extraordinary times, our editorial independence has never been more important. Your moral and financial support protects our commitment to fierce journalism. Ours is a small, but significant media initiative that promises never to compromise on its carefully cultivated space of ideas and reflections.
Our survival is getting difficult with each passing day, and only support from readers and concerned citizens like you can help us sustain.
If you believe in what we do, listed below are a few means through which you can send your financial contributions to Maktoob:
Name: Aslah K
Account Number: 5555053000061931
Bank: South Indian Bank, Vatakara Branch
No matter how unpredictable the future seems right now, we will remain with you. We have to remain together, resist together, and celebrate life together. Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet once wrote:
“To live! Like a tree in solitude and freedom,
like a forest in solidarity.”
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate in reaching out to us.
We are grateful for your time and patience and hope that we have found in you a co-traveler, a companion, a tree in the limitless forest of possibilities.
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