Outlook is one of India's four top-selling English weekly newsmagazines. Like many other Indian magazines it is reluctant to reveal its circulation, but the 2007 National Readership Survey suggested 1.5 million copies. Outlook's competitors are India Today, The Weekhttp://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/home.do?tabId=13, and Tehelka.
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 Outlooks editor. Earlier, Prasad had edited the magazine's special issues. Prasad also publishes the popular blog Churumurihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churumuri_(blog).
Sandipan Deb and Tarun Tejpal are past editors of the magazine.
Outlook has a slight communist tilt, which places it at odds with the nationalistic ideology of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and with the character-building claims of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Outlook made news for its investigative reports of the "Kargil bungle" and the cricket "match-fixing controversy." In early 2007 Outlook reported the arrest in Argentina of Ottavio Quattrocchi, a friend of Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi. .
Writers for Outlook include Bhaichand Patel, Uri Avnery, George Monbiot, Daniel Lak, Ashok K. Mehta, B. Raman, Anil Dharker, Saeed Naqvi, Ramachandra Guha, Prabhu Ghate and Andrew Whitehead.
As a matter of style Outlook refers to Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai by their colonial names "Bombay," "Calcutta," and "Madras" respectively.
The Outlook Group also publishes Outlook Traveller, Outlook Money and the Hindi Outlook Saptahik.
Launched by Hathway Investments Private Limited, the Outlook Group is currently owned by the Rajan Raheja Group.