The Huffington Post debuts Huffington Post India today on Monday December 8th 2014 in association with The Times of India Group and Times Internet. The New Delhi-based editorial team has launched Huffington Post India with leading stories about the recent Uber Delhi rape case, as well as featured blog posts by Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington, celebrated authors William Dalrymple and Chetan Bhagat, Bollywood actor Rahul Khanna, popular chef Vikas Khanna and more. “India has always held a deeply personal significance to me,” says Huffington in her blog post “Namaste: Introducing HuffPost India,” which focuses deeply on India’s spiritual roots and rituals, a topic central to Huffington’s life and work. Huffington promises that Huffington Post India will report on “all the challenges India is facing,” as well as ‘relentlessly tell the stories of what is working.’
Excerpts from Arianna Huffington’s “Namaste: Introducing HuffPost India”:
NEW DELHI – Greetings from India, where we’re launching our latest international edition, in collaboration with The Times of India Group and its digital arm, Times Internet (TIL).
India has always held a deeply personal significance to me. When I was 17, I studied comparative religion at Calcutta’s Visva-Bharati University, founded by the writer and artist Rabindranath Tagore. In between studies, I traveled across the country, falling in love with it — a love affair that has continued to this day. And in recent years, as I’ve become increasingly interested in how we can bring more well-being and wisdom into our modern, technology-besieged lives, India has become even more fascinating to me.
And while HuffPost India will be reporting on all the challenges India is facing and all that is dysfunctional and not working, we’ll also be relentlessly telling the stories of what is working. To start with, we are spotlighting organizations that are tapping into Indians’ collective creativity and compassion to improve the lives of individuals and communities.
Clearly, India faces significant challenges going forward. But it’s in looking back to its ancient traditions that have been exported around the world that so much of the wisdom and strength needed to meet those challenges and build the future will be found. And I’m thrilled that HuffPost India will be there to chronicle this story and — just as important — help Indians tell their stories themselves. Please join me in welcoming India to the HuffPost family.