Friday, 23 February 2018, UTC

Inaugurated on 14 January 2014, this news and views portal is the result of realisation by a group of journalists led by Surajit Dasgupta who had observed for several years that public displeasure with existing choices in the mainstream media was immense; yet, the alternatives that some enterprising members of society had come up with did nothing more than dance to the tunes of the elite among scribes by reacting to the reports, articles and tweets of the latter throughout the day. We realised that journalists alone could challenge the kind of journalism that did not serve any public interest or that did not speak a language the people at large could relate to. For one, a media house needed a posse of reporters who could penetrate government and corporate offices to dig out facts that the people must know but which were not available in the answers to applications under the Right to Information Act.

Our second concern was accuracy. We wished to develop this source of news into one whose reports experts in the respective walks of life cannot dismiss as hearsay, propaganda or fiction. Our sections on academic subjects — or academic aspects in regular reports — should be cross-examined against peer-reviewed publications in relevant and related fields, we thought.

Finally, even though the portal would be devoted largely to information, there ought to be a section for opinions comprising editorials, articles and interactions with the reader. We wanted our editorials to uphold the ideals of individual liberty, free market and patriotism. Our columnists might, we reckoned, follow the same line, albeit with minor degrees of difference in the prescriptions for implementation of these ideas, besides covering issues of society, art and leisurely activities.

We then planned an interactive section to answer the reader’s legal, tax and astrological queries on specific issues he or she faces in real life — one issue at a time. With all these plans in place, we shall soon offer subscribers of news and opinions an alternative to what is generally referred to as the mainstream media.

Editor-in-Chief

Surajit Dasgupta
The founder of सिर्फ़ News has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life and columnist in various newspapers and magazines, writing in English as well as Hindi. He was, until 31 October 2016, the national affairs editor of Swarajya. He worked with Hindusthan Samachar in 2017. He is the chief editor of सिर्फ़ NEWS. He is a mathematician by training with interests in academic pursuits of science, linguistics and history. He advocates individual liberty and a free market in a manner that is politically feasible. His hobbies include Hindi film music and classical poetry in Bengali, English, French, Hindi and Urdu.

Executive Editor

Anil Kumar Sharma
Media experience of over two decades in business and political reporting, and input coordination and research on tax; worked for the programme 'Made in India' on Doordarshan, worked with ANI in the making of 'Business This Week' on Home TV and South Asia News Capsule on American channel News 56; worked with Sahara Samay as a senior correspondent and Aksharganga Media and contributed to business magazine Logistic Times

Editorial Assistant

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of सिर्फ़ News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

Commissioning Editor

PR Rajeswari
She is an educationist and activist who has been associated with the founders of this site for years in the capacity of an adviser, mass mobiliser and coordinator. She is trained in Carnatic music, proficient in several languages and well acquainted with the various cultures of India. She is our honorary commissioning editor. She brings to our website experts from different walks of life to write on current affairs.

Output Editor, Spiritual Affairs

Rajarshi Nandy
He is a practising spiritualist, eternal pilgrim and, by profession, a technical writer. He does not belong or subscribe to a particular sect of Hinduism; he is open to the idea of exploring all of them. He volunteered to be our news editor; this is an honorary posting. He not only decides on the right reports from agencies but also contributes to the presentation of news items.

Contributing Editor

Sagnik Chakraborty
A writer, editor, translator and teacher of languages based in Hyderabad, he serves this portal as a contributing editor