In October 1995, group company Hathway Investments Private Limited entered the print media. Outlook, a weekly newsmagazine headed by Vinod Mehta, galvanised a sluggish market reeling under the impact of satellite TV. Outlook quickly carved a significant niche for itself among discerning readers who value its in-depth, investigative reporting as well as its stylish visual format. Known to be fiercely independent, Outlook has shaken the establishment on events ranging from Kargil to Kashmir to cricket, sensitised the reading public to important issues like big dams, education and gender, and provided an unremitting focus on South Asian geopolitics. Today, Outlook is the preferred magazine of 1.5 million readers in India, and sells more than 11.2 million copies over the year.
Outlook is one of India’s four top-selling English weekly newsmagazines. Outlook’s competitors are India Today and The Week. Outlook has been published in New Delhi continuously since October of 1995 by the Outlook Group, whose founding editor-in-chief is Vinod Mehta. In October of 2008 Mehta appointed Krishna Prasad as Outlook’s editor. Earlier, Prasad had edited the magazine’s special issues. Prasad also publishes the popular blog Churumuri.
Sandipan Deb and Tarun Tejpal are past editors of the magazine. Outlook made news for its investigative reports of the “Kargil bungle” and the cricket “match-fixing controversy.”
Writers for Outlook included Bhaichand Patel, Rakesh kalshian, Uri Avnery, George Monbiot, Daniel Lak, Ashok K. Mehta, B. Raman, Anil Dharker, Saeed Naqvi, Ramachandra Guha, Prabhu Ghate and Andrew Whitehead. The Outlook Group also publishes Outlook Traveller, Outlook Money and the Hindi Outlook Saptahik.