Chennai: Siddarth Varadarajan, editor of the Hindu, announced his retirement on Twitter via a terse tweet -
"With The Hindu's owners deciding to revert to being a family run and edited newspaper, I am resigning from The Hindu with immediate effect."
Varadarajan was appointed as The Hindu's editor-in-chief through a shareholders meeting in May 2011, which had made him the first person outside the Kasturi family, owners of The Hindu, to hold that post.
His appointment was overshadowed by controversy.
The move came after a public spat between two brothers N. Ravi and N. Ram over how the paper should be run. N. Ram had refused to step down as editor-in-chief and allow N. Ravi to take over in 2010. Varadarajan’s appointment effectively blocked N. Ravi from taking up the post after N. Ram stepped down.
From letters that the N. Ravi released to the media, it appeared that the fight was over advertising and paid news in The Hindu, one of India's most respected newspapers.
N. Ram later clarified that the move to make Varadarajan the editor-in-chief was just an attempt to make the paper more professional.
Varadarajan's resignation might signal another change in the wind for The Hindu.