About Us

EmpireDiaries.com is an independent digital news platform that reports on modern-day imperialism and people’s resistance. It’s a free-access digital information oasis that critically looks at how ‘empires’ work and shape our lives.

The word ’empire’ can seem out of place in today’s world. It may give one the impression that kingdoms existed only in the past, such as the Roman Empire or the British Empire. But the reality is quite different. Just as we exist now, so do empires – big and small, domestic and international, corporate and state. We don’t easily recognise them as empires. And this is where EmpireDiaries.com comes in.

WHO WE ARE…

RATNA, CO-FOUNDER

Ratna is a journalist with close to two decades of experience in reporting, anchoring, and producing shows. As a TV reporter, she’s covered primetime news for many years. Ratna has worked for ABP News and has written for Times of India, PARI, The Indian Express, Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Asian Age and has co-authored a book on Greece. She last worked for the India Today Group. She has lived in Muscat and currently resides in Delhi NCR. The Kolkata-born journalist is also a documentary filmmaker.

AWBUCK QANDOE, CO-FOUNDER

Awbuck is a journalist with a national media outlet. He has over a decade of experience in the mainstream media and is also a published author in nonfiction. He has worked for news outlets such as The Indian Express and The Statesman, and has written for The Times of India and The Telegraph. Awbuck co-founded EmpireDiaries.com with Ratna in mid-2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.