The Caravan

The Caravan
October 2011 issue's cover with Manmohan Singh
Editor Paresh Nath, Editor-in-Chief
Anant Nath, Editor
Vinod K. Jose, Executive Editor
Categories Politics, culture
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 40,000 (2010)[1]
Publisher Paresh Nath
Founder Vishwa Nath
Year founded 1940
Company Delhi Press
Country India
Based in New Dehli
Language English
ISSN 0008-6150

The Caravan is an Indian English-language, long-form narrative journalism magazine covering politics and culture. It was relaunched in January 2010 as "India’s only narrative journalism magazine."[2][3]


The Caravan was first launched in 1940 by founder Vishwa Nath as Dehli Press's first magazine. The magazine lasted until 1988 when it was closed. The Caravan magazine was revived in 2009 and since its first issue in 2010 it is published from New Delhi, India, by Delhi Press.[3][4][5]

The managing editor called The Caravan an "editorial success, not a business success".[6] The audience for The Caravan was described as the "pop intelligentsia."[7] The circulation has grown to 40,000 since its launch.[5]

The magazine was issued legal notices in April 2013 regarding its May cover story about Attorney General Goolam Essaji Vahanvati but the top three editors decided to continue with its publication.[8]


Paresh Nath is editor-in-chief and his son Anant Nath is the managing editor. Vinod K. Jose is the executive editor.[9] While rebuilding The Caravan's brand, the staff was less than 10 and grew three-fold over the next five years.[10] Jonathan Shainin, formerly with The New Yorker, joined the team in 2010 as a senior editor and left to go back to his former employer as a news editor in 2013.[11]

Accomplished writers like Ramachandra Guha, Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, William Dalrymple, Siddhartha Deb, Fatima Bhutto, Amitava Kumar, Deborah Baker, Basharat Peer have written for this magazine.


In 2011, the magazine was the subject of a Rs 50 crore defamation suit by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management after it featured a profile of its head, Arindam Chaudhuri.[12][13]

In 2015, The Caravan was served a legal notice by the Essar Group. Essar later filed a 250 crore civil defamation suit against the magazine.[14][15]


  1. Gottipati, Sruthi (10 May 2010). "The Caravan". The New York Review of Magazines. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. "Delhi Press rolls out 'The Caravan' nationwide". Campaign India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. 1 2 "The Caravan completes three years!". 12 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. "The Delhi Press Groups 1st magazine - The Caravan, is back again". 30 December 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  5. 1 2 "The Caravan – The New York Review of Magazines". Columbia University. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  6. "Delhi Press bold gamble". Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. Shuchi Bansal (24 April 2013). "As magazines dwindle, Delhi Press seeks to add more". Livemint. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  8. "Reliance's pre-emptive legal notices". The Hoot. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  9. "Masthead". The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  10. "When a Delhi journo joins New Yorker, it's news" (blog). San Serif. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  11. Joe Pampeo (7 October 2013). "Jonathan Shainin Returning New Yorker". Capital New York. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  12. Peri, Maheshwer (27 September 2016). "How IIPM and Arindam Chaudhury used the defamation law to hide the truth". The Scroll.
  13. "HC lifts gag order on Caravan article on Arindam Chaudhuri of IIPM". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 22 February 2018.
  14. S, Ramanathan (25 August 2015). "Essar goes after The Caravan with lawsuit for damning article, magazine gives it right back". The News Minute.
  15. "Court grants time to magazine to file reply in defamation suit". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 24 August 2015.
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