Swarajya (magazine)

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Swarajya May 2015 issue front page.jpg
Front page of the May 2015 issue of Swarajya
Editorial DirectorR. Jagannathan
Sandipan Deb
Editorial Advisory Board (EAB)Jerry Rao
EABSurjit Bhalla
EABSwapan Dasgupta[1]
CategoriesNews magazine
FrequencyMonthly (since 2015)
Weekly (1956-1980)
Amarnath Govindarajan
FounderKhasa Subba Rao
Year founded1956
First issue14 July 1956 (1956-07-14)
CompanyBharathan Publications Private Limited (1956-2014)
Kovai Media Private Limited (2014-present)
Based inCoimbatore/Bengaluru (since 2014)
Chennai (1956-1980)

Swarajya is an Indian monthly print magazine and online daily. It was a weekly magazine founded in 1956 by Khasa Subba Rao with the patronage of C. Rajagopalachari, Indian independence activist. After Rajaji's death in 1972, the magazine began to decline and was closed in 1980.

The magazine was relaunched as a monthly print magazine and online daily in 2014, with Sandipan Deb as the Editorial Director.[2] The website was launched in September 2014, and the first edition of the print magazine was launched in January 2015. Currently R. Jagannathan and Sandipan Deb are Editorial Directors of Swarajya.


First page of Swarajya Magazine's first issue.

Swarajya was launched as a weekly magazine in 1956 by journalist Khasa Subba Rao, with the patronage of C. Rajagopalachari, one of the founders of the Swatantra Party,[3] and a regular contributor to the magazine in the form of his Dear Reader column though he was not office-bearer of the magazine.[4]

The magazine strongly advocated individual freedom and freedom of enterprise as against Nehru's socialist policies.[5] Minoo Masani, R.Venkatraman, R.K. Laxman were the notable authors who contributed to the magazine.[6][7][8] After Rajagopalachari's death in 1972, the magazine slowly began to decline and eventually closed in 1980.[9]

Relaunch in 2014[edit]

The magazine was relaunched as a monthly print magazine and online daily in 2014, with Sandipan Deb as the Editorial Director. The website was launched in September 2014 by Ravi Shankar[10] and the first edition of the print magazine was launched in January 2015.[9] Coimbatore-based Kovai Media Private Limited purchased the rights to the magazine from Chennai-based Bharathan Publishers, along with 40,000 pages from the earlier editions of the magazine.[9]

The magazine states on its website that it "remains committed to the ideals of individual liberty unmediated by the State or any other institution, freedom of expression and enterprise, national interest, and India's vast and ancient cultural heritage". Swarajya describes itself as "a big tent for liberal right of centre discourse that reaches out, engages and caters to the new India".[1]

In October 2016, Swarajya announced the launch of a new website Creative India that would focus on Indian culture and art.[11] The same month, it acquired news and current affairs website OpIndia.com which is now run by Rahul Roushan.[12] In 2018, OpIndia became an independent entity.[13][14]

In 2018, Swarajya launched its Hindi edition too.[15]


The website has propagated misinformation multiple times.[16] Swati Goel Sharma, a journalist working for Swarajya, has been alleged to do selective reporting on several occasions to suit right wing propaganda.[17] She has also propagated fake news on her social media account and made fake reports.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ a b "About Swarajya". Swarajya.
  2. ^ "Re-launching Swarajya, a voice for India's new Right".
  3. ^ "Remembering Rajagopalachari the writer, with Kalki". The New Indian Express. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Contributions of Rajaji and Kalki hailed". The New Indian Express. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Comrades, friends, rivals". The Hindu. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  6. ^ "EDITORIALS BY SHRI R. VENKATARAMAN FOR 'SWARAJYA'". President Venkataraman. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  7. ^ Laxman. The Tunnel of Time (autobiography). Penguin India. pp. 66–72.
  8. ^ "For over five decades RK Laxman immortalised passive, hapless common man". Daily News and Analysis. Pune. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Bansal, Shuchi (17 September 2014). "Rajagopalachari's 'Swarajya' to be relaunched soon". Livemint. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - Launch of Swarajya Magazine originally started by C Ra..."
  11. ^ "Creative India: A New Global Platform For Indian Art And Culture". Swarajya. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Announcement: OpIndia Is Now Part Of The Swarajya Group"..
  13. ^ Sharma, Nupur J (29 December 2018). "2018 has flashed past, and we at OpIndia fall short of words to thank you for your unconditional support". OpIndia. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  14. ^ Roushan, Rahul (23 November 2018). "Announcement: OpIndia is now a separate legal and business entity". OpIndia. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Swarajya on Twitter". Twitter. Swarajya. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  16. ^ Sources which say Swarajya spread misinformation:
  17. ^ "Tables Turn on Twitter's Hindutva Warriors, and It's the BJP Doing the Strong-Arming". The Wire. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Video of ABVP member assaulting AISA student shared by journalists as Left parties attacking ABVP". Alt News. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  19. ^ Chaudhuri, Pooja (13 August 2018). "Opindia, MyNation, Postcard News declare Umar Khalid "not attacked" based on a false testimony". Alt News. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Balrampur Puja Procession Violence Pre-Planned? Cops Deny Claims". The Quint. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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