In the first half of the year, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, took a major step towards the consolidation of his government’s control over the media.
He appointed a new prime minister in his home state of Gujarat, and appointed an editor of the influential news website, The Hindu, as its new editor-in-chief.
In the past year, the news site has become the darling of the Hindu nationalist right, and its coverage of Narendra Modi’s government has taken a new direction, as he seeks to push his agenda in India’s parliamentary elections later this year.
In addition to his decision to appoint the editor of The Hindu to lead its coverage, Modi has also appointed a deputy editor, who will cover news and opinion from the sidelines, as the paper’s new editor in chief.
In a new paper, The Indian Express, editor-at-large Aamir Raza, who was previously a political editor at the Times of India, has taken the reins of the paper.
His new role is meant to strengthen The Indian Exchange, the company that operates The Hindu as an online news portal.
The Express will now also carry The Hindu’s news, opinion and reviews, while The Indian Outlook will now be called The Indian Opinion.
The editor- at-large’s appointment was welcomed by a number of Indian media organisations, including the Hindu, the Hindu Business Line, the Economic Times and the Financial Express.
“It is a great move,” said Vijay Goel, senior journalist and India correspondent at the Financial Times.
“He has been an important voice for the Hindu right for a long time.
He will be very influential.”
Goel said the appointment of the deputy editor would give a voice to the newspaper’s right-wing readers, who have been calling for a more adversarial editorial line and for more independence from the government.
“There is a sense of uncertainty among the right wing that it will be able to control the news, and it will not be independent,” he said.
But he added that the new paper will also be a good place for the news media to discuss India’s new prime ministership, which will be decided by the parliamentary elections.
“The new Indian Outlook paper will be a place where the voices of the right and left sides can have their say,” Goel added.
The new Indian Express article is being published by the company run by The Hindu.
The Indian business paper will focus on business issues and the Indian economy.
The Hindu will continue to cover political issues such as the Indian Army and the Supreme Court, while the Indian Outlook article will focus more on economics and global affairs.
The paper will publish an editor- in-chief and an editorial board, which include former journalists, former academics, former journalists-turned-politicians, political analysts, business people and business leaders.
In an article in The Hindu newspaper, Modi praised the new Indian paper.
“I am confident that The Indian Standard will be the most independent and balanced news and analysis of the Indian government,” Modi said.
He also called the new newspaper “a breath of fresh air”.
Modi, a former chief minister of Gujarat and former Gujarat chief minister, has made the Hindutva agenda his life’s work.
He has campaigned against corruption, against Hindu fundamentalism, and for greater democracy and the rule of law in India.
Modi is known for his hardline Hindu nationalism, which has led to the arrests of more than 40,000 people, including members of his own party and a number members of the opposition.
Modi has said that he will be “firmly opposed” to the publication of The Hindustan Times, The Times of Indian and the Times Of India, which he has accused of being “anti-India”.
In April, Modi banned The Hindutvashi newspaper, the newspaper owned by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and its editor, Vishal Bedi, for two years.
Bedi had been critical of Modi and accused him of being a Hindu nationalist.
In May, Modi suspended the appointment and tenure of editor-elect, Kavita Krishnan, who had been appointed by him to the post in May 2016.
Krishnan was the first Indian woman to be appointed editor-editor of The Indian Herald.
In October, Modi named former finance minister P. Chidambaram as the editor- editor of a new newspaper, The Hinducopia.
Chida, a political commentator and columnist, will be reporting on the BJP’s economic policies.
Chitra Mishra, a journalist and commentator, will also report on the policies of the BJP, according to a statement from the BJP.