As we celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day, it’s a good opportunity to think about the structures that nurture our democratic ideals. Key among them is a free press – an institution that, as Nelson Mandela noted, is “the lifeblood of any democracy”.

At a time when India has been slipping down the World Press Freedom Index, has demonstrated its commitment to being free and fair, to serving the governed, not the governors.

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