For the last eighteen years has emerged as truly as the voice of the diverse set of activists working on human rights, freedom of expression, climate change, nationality questions, caste and race questions, gender discourse. It has emerged as the voice of the oppressed and all those denied rights. It emerged as a true alternative media. The force behind countercurrents is Binu Mathew who started it in March 2002 after leaving his fixed job with a local daily in Kerala.

Eighteen years ago, he might not have imagined that the journal would attract so much national and international viewers and become a brand itself though Binu has categorically suggested that he resists the very idea of ‘institutional funding’ as it actually compel people to compromise with the editorial independence which he is unwilling to do. Important for all of us to know the journey of the man and how he started and what is his future vision. In this conversation with Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Binu Mathew explain, its past, present and future.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social and human rights activist. He blogs at twitter @freetohumanity Email:



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  1. Avatar Dr. P. S. Sahni says:

    The relaxed discussion between a versatile journalist, Vidya Bhushan Rawat and a pioneering editor, Binu should serve as a template for private t.v. channels in India hosting discussions wherein cacophony reigns supreme. Secondly, this interview should become course material for students of journalism – so that they have a glimpse of what constitutes civilized discourse. The effortless ambience was appealing – the ceiling fan in slow motion at Binu’s room; the telephone bell ringing during the discussion and which was promptly switched off by Binu; a person in the backdrop walking hurriedly along the breadth of the room, and a huge frame hung on the wall (on the right hand side of Binu) but without the viewer getting a glimpse of whose photograph/painting it enclosed.