Right-wing news portal Niti Central has shut down. The website was part of the Niti Digital Venture which was instrumental in coordinated volunteer efforts for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign in 2014. The site said that it has been retired as of January 31, 2016 with the older posts available on archives.
A former employee at netCore told MediaNama that Niti Digital began shuttering its operations after Narendra Modi’s win in the general elections and the employees on the technology side were being absorbed by netCore. An employee of Niti Central, on condition of anonymity, said that the editorial staff were being moved to Indic language news major OneIndia. MediaNama could not confirm this with Niti Digital or netCore. Calls made to netCore’s PR representative were unanswered.
Niti Digital was started in 2012 by Rajesh Jain, founder of netCore, an enterprise communication and digital marketing platform. At the time, Niti Central appointed veteran journalist Kanchan Gupta as editor in chief. Gupta was Associate Editor at the Pioneer, and had spent 30 years in print journalism.
Niti Digital also launched India Votes in 2012. India Votes was an elections data website which stored information from the elections since 1952 and all state elections since 1977.
Emergence of Swarajya
In recent times, centre-of-right magazine Swarajya has emerged as a publication where right wing politics in India get a voice. Started in 1956 by journalist Khasa Subba Rau with the patronage of C Rajagopalachari. In late 2014, Swarajya was revived both in the print and digital format. Earlier in December 2015, former Firstpost editor R Jagganathan moved to Swarajya as editorial director.