Controversial Interview of Vinod K Jose with Aseemanand.


Who is Vinod K Jose of Caravan Magazine?  

It is a grand example how one can use fourth estate for propagating anti-national agendas. A Journo from Kerala, Vinod K Jose, is notorious for using his profession for this purpose.

There is no doubt, the main stream media, which purposely did not see or ignored the credibility of such a person, followed his path while carrying his interview.     

It may be noted that why Vinod K Jose’s first-day report of India’s Parliament attach was not published in his own magazine, Caravan.

His explanation for that was “As a reporter, I covered the attack the day of the attack, but the story was not published because I had found so many contradictions.” 

It might be the first incident in Independent India as one journo found contradictions when terrorist attacked the temple of Indian democracy.

Vinod K. Jose again received attention for his interview with those convicted in the 2001-Indian Parliament attack case.

In 2005, Jose, he was at the time editing the Free Press, was questioned by the Crime Branch in New Delhi about articles that he had written about Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had been accused and acquitted in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack.

It is doubtful why the main stream media again did not cross check his credibility while he came out with another interview tarnishing the image of nationalist organisations in the country.

In 2006, as the correspondent of Radio Pacifica, Jose conducted an exclusive interview with Mulakat Afzal Guru while the convict awaited his execution inside the Tihar Jail.

The interview was published in many magazines including Thehelka (Now the editor of this magazine is in the limelight in connection with the sexual assault of his own colleague).

Later in 2006, he published a response on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Detainees’ and Prisoners’ Rights (SPDPR), which was seeking clemency for Afzal Guru.

(‘I don’t want a fellow Indian to get the death penalty’: SPDPR-VINOD K JOSE, November 07, 2006,

His original interview with Afzal was reprinted multiple times between 2006 and 2013, translated into 11 south Asian languages and other European languages such as Italian, and included in an edited book about the attack.


News Clippings of Hindu newspaper about the questioning of Vinod K Jose by the Crime Branch.


Attack on Geelani: editor questioned

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, APRIL 2. The editor of a Malayalam publication, Free Press, was today questioned by the Inter-State Cell of the Crime Branch in connection with the attack on Syed Ahmed Rahman Geelani, who was acquitted in the sensational Parliament attack case by the High Court, this February.

Vinod Jose, who is posted in the capital, was questioned for about four hours. The police said they summoned him for getting information regarding the attack on Mr. Geelani. However, after coming out of the Inter-State Cell office, Mr. Jose said that apart from some questions pertaining to the attack on Mr. Geelani, he was also asked about the articles he had been writing in his support.

He said that when he was at his native place in Kerala, police had asked him not to go to Delhi as there was a threat to his life. After he came back to Delhi, he alleged that a team of the Crime Branch of the Delhi police had gone to his Kerala house and taken away mail from there without showing any identity cards. He also blamed the police for not probing the case properly. Mr. Vinod had received a call from the Crime Branch two days ago asking him to appear before them for questioning.

Nandita Haksar, a lawyer of Mr. Geelani, who had also gone to the Inter-State Cell’s Chanakyapuri office, alleged that the police were not probing the case properly but harassing innocents. She alleged that a Crime Branch team had recently gone to Manipur to question her husband’s relatives.

A photo of Vinod K Jose with the Maoist guerrillas in Central India’s Bastar forests, which he claimed was part of his job


Other Details for Reference


Journalism as a tool for spreading anti-national agendas

Vinod K. Jose, or Vinod Kizhakkeparambil Joseph, is a journalist, editor, and magazine founder from Kerala. Vinod K. Jose is the Executive Editor of The Caravan and an award-winning journalist. He has previously worked as a producer from South Asia for public radio stations in the US and Europe. Jose has an MA in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School, where he was a Bollinger Presidential Fellow. He also has graduate degrees in Communication and English, and a PhD in Sociology.


New Delhi, India




Columbia University, MA
Jamia Millia Islamia, PhD


Journalist, editor, magazine founder

Years active



Caravan Magazine (Dehli Press), since 2009
Free Press, 2003-2006
Radio Pacifica, 2002-2007

Indian Express, 2001

Known for

his narrative journalism style and interviews

Home town

Kerala, India

In 2009, Jose was hired by Delhi Press to re-launch the company’s 70-year-old title The Caravan, which was discontinued in 1988. He is currently the executive editor of The Caravan, which calls itself “India’s only narrative journalism magazine” and is published in the English-language in New Delhi. Earlier, he was the founding editor of the Malayalam-language publication Free Press. Jose’s contributions to Indian journalism are in the area of narrative or literary journalism, similar to the style of Granta, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Mother Jones.


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