At the meeting of the Board of Directors held on July 20, 2011, Siddharth Varadarajan was appointed Editor of The Hindu by a majority of 7 to 5, over the objections of N. Murali, N. Ravi, Malini Parthasarathy, Nirmala Lakshman and Nalini Krishnan. At this, N. Ravi resigned as Editor, Malini Parthasarathy as Executive Editor, Nirmala Lakshman as Joint Editor. N Murali who is the younger brother of N. Ram announced his retirement on reaching the age of 65 on August 11, 2011. He said he had announced that he would not stay in active operations after the age of65. He pointed out that if N. Ram had stood by his commitment made on September 25, 2009, he should have retired on May 4, 2010.