In May 2013, the news group was merged with Forbes (India) whose four top editorial heads including editor in chief Indrajit Gupta were dismissed under surprisingly humiliating conditions. The event led to a media furore.
The editor of the combined FirstPost-Forbes India team, R. Jagannathan, stated that as a business magazine, Forbes "should not be anti-capitalism"; this is viewed in the Indian media as a possible shift towards left-wing politics.
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