Dear friends, let me begin with a story.
Sometime in mid-2013, I published an article by a contributor listing major communal riots since 1967, in a digital portal I was editing. The idea was to put the 2002 Gujarat riots in perspective.
But all hell broke loose when another editor in the same group, who I thought of as a friend, complained to the owner of the publication, that I have become a sanghi.
Nothing much came of that complaint. But I realised at that moment that India's English language media had only one narrative to peddle. All rival versions were a deviation from truth.
I realised that India, that is Bharat, needs diverse media platforms to shift away from the monochromatic narrative of the English-speaking elite in order to have real conversations about a multi-coloured civilisation we truly are.
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