“Mr. Vineet Narain, Editor, Kalchakra has been one of the courageous journalists who has done much at personal risk to expose corruption in many fields of our national life. His conviction to fight corruption is so strong that in last two years he went beyond the usual limits of journalism and showed exemplary courage to expose corruption also in the higher judiciary. His efforts have brought the issue of misuse of the Contempt of Courts Act into focus.
During my tenure as the Chairman, Press Council of India, I have closely observed the work of Mr. Narain and I admire him for his tireless crusades without any expectation for reward or recognition from the established opinion makers. I wish him a bright future and hope that he will continue to inspire new generation of journalists with his outstanding contribution to Indian society”.
Chairman Press Council of India
Ex. Judge, Supreme Court of India
He could have been purchased but he was an upright and fearless fighter. He could have been eliminated but he was god fearing. Life has not been easy for Vineet Narain. Indian Express, March 18, 1996
In any other country, it would have been a sensational expose. In India, it barely creates ripples. The Economist, September 16, 1995
For two years nothing happened. Then journalist Vineet Narain received photocopies of pages in the Jain notebooks from a source. It didnt take cryptographic genius to crack Jains code or to realise the importance of the story. & He produced a report for his magazine format video cassette Kalchakra, but the programme was blocked by Indian Censors for nearly three months. It was finally realized in November 1993.. The problem was that Jains notebooks smeared members of most parties. My battle, Narain says, was against everyone. Time, January 29, 1996
None was willing to publish the names because of the legal repercussions and political fallout. The Editor-in-Chief of Kalchakra, a video magazine, Mr. Vineet Narain filed a Public Interest Petition in the Supreme Court forcing the CBI to admit the existence of a Diary. The Tribune, March, 9, 1995
The Court case stemmed from a public interest petition filed last year by Mr. Vineet Narain, a leading journalist, asking the court to examine the CBI investigation into the affairs of Mr. Surendra Jain, a New Delhi businessman with extensive political contacts who is specialized in arranging power station contracts. Financial Times, December 1, 1994 </span >
Naturally, there is great scepticism about how much headway individual crusaders like Narain can make against the forces arrayed on the other side. But having brought the matter this far, Narain an engaging personality who claims to derive his entire motivation from an intense spirit of devotionalism knows there is no turning back. Frontline, March 25, 1995 </span >
At the pinnacle of the PIL lobby is video-journalist, Vineet Narain, 41, architect of the three-year-long Jain Hawala case saga. The case entered legal folklore by throwing up an array of issues. India Today, July 28, 1997
“Any busines venture will intially have problems and has to be supported for two to three years before it is noticed enough to make an impact.” Karan Thapar (Eyewitness)
“We will always remain an independents channel of making people aware of their rights, highlighting and criticizing the wrongs of the system irrespective of who is running it.” Vineet Narain (Kalchakra)
“We are not a business house dabbling in the media to gain clout. The media is our business, so why should we remain in business unless it is making money.” Madhu Trehan (Newstrack)</span >(The Pioneer, October 17, 1992)