Editor and journalist P N Balji has contributed to journalism in a big way. He is known to have taken huge risks and pushed the envelope by writing about sensitive issues.
7/14/2014 1:04:41 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
He is one of the most recognised journalists of Singapore, having worked in senior positions in all the three daily English newspapers published here. His stinging commentary and in-depth analysis on various social and political issues has become his trademark. It is popularly believed that journalists are born and cannot be made, as characteristics such as doggedness, curiosity and skepticism have to be ingrained in their DNA. P N Balji’s soft tone and relaxed body language completely belie his sharp nose for news and his lack of a formal university education give him that extra gumption and hunger that is the hallmark of an outstanding journalist.
After having worked as a journalist in mainstream media in India, where there are really no rules when it comes to gathering news, meeting Balji was a sort of learning experience – where one got to understand the art of walking a tight rope. His 35-year journalistic career is filled with interesting stories that highlight his contribution to journalism in Singapore. “I started journalism on April 1st 1970 – Fool’s Day, a big joke?” said the 65-year-old.