Seema Mustafa elected president in Editors Guild’s first polls

For the first time since it was founded in 1978, the Editors Guild of India chose its three top office-bearers through elections, with Seema Mustafa, editor of The Citizen, elected its president. In the past, presidents, general secretaries and treasurers of the guild have been appointed through consensus.

19 Oct 2020 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

Seema Mustafa, editor of The Citizen

Sanjay Kapoor, editor of Hard News was elected general secretary, and Anant Nath, editor, Caravan, took over as the guild’s treasurer. While elections were held for the posts of president and general secretary, Nath was elected unopposed. With 87 votes, Mustafa beat MD Nalapat, editorial director of The Sunday Guardian, who received 51 votes. Kapoor defeated ANI editor Smita Prakash 90 to 50.

Mustafa will succeed Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Print, while Kapoor and Nath will take over from AK Bhattacharya, editorial director of Business Standard, and Sheela Bhatt, contributing editor of, respectively, the guild said in a statement.