C. Y. Chintamani
(1880-1981)
 
 

This journalist-politician constantly fought for freedom of expression and the right to dissent. As the editor of the Allahabad newspaper, The Leader, he spared none, not even his guru Gokhale. He didn.t shy away from criticising the members of the Newspaper Board and it is a measure of his integrity that it always allowed him to have his way. In his political life, too, he was an ardent champion of liberal values and was twice elected president of the Liberal Party (or the National Liberal Federation). He was not in favour of the Gandhian methods of satyagraha and non-cooperation, dubbing them as populist. He was also disturbed by the intolerance of dissent that was creeping into the Congress at that time.