“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Empire Diaries is a current affairs monitor created by Indian journalists Ratna and Nadim Siraj. It doesn’t cover news as isolated events. Instead, it covers the hidden agenda behind the news you see every day. The hidden agenda of corporations or business empires trying to centralise power and control us.
Empire Diaries presents its journalism in the form of articles, videos, columns, and photo series. The content is published in English and Bangla. You can follow our work on our YouTube channel and our website.
WHO WE ARE
Ratna is a journalist with about two decades of experience in reporting, anchoring and producing news shows in New Delhi, Kolkata and Muscat. As a TV reporter, she covered primetime news for many years. She worked at ABP News/ ABP Ananda, Times of India, and India Today Group. She has written for PARI, The Indian Express, The Times of India, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, and Asian Age. She co-authored a book on Greece: Into The Sunset: Rediscovering Greece. The Kolkata-born journalist is also a documentary filmmaker. Her films were screened in multiple festivals.
Nadim Siraj, Co-Founder
Nadim is an author, journalist, and columnist who spent his career collecting compelling stories across India, West Asia, Africa, and Europe. He worked at The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, and Muscat Daily. Based in Delhi-NCR, Kolkata-born Nadim wrote the 2019 book Secret Notes From Iran: Diary Of An Undercover Journalist and co-authored Into The Sunset: Rediscovering Greece with Ratna. As a journalist, he covered the economic collapse in Greece, poverty in Kenya, life in Egypt, post-Apartheid South Africa, and Nepalese life under Maoist control. He also writes columns for CGTN.
The idea behind Empire Diaries sprang to life when Ratna and Nadim, as media industry insiders, noticed there’s a fundamental problem with the news that people consume. There’s a fleet of popular media outlets, but none of them report on corporate imperialism, which is a perpetual problem. They only cover daily news as unconnected events. This information gap sparked the concept of Empires Diaries – a ‘diary’ of the misdeeds of ’empires’.
Who are these Modern-Day Empires?
We can’t precisely identify them. They’re a large, dispersed group of immensely powerful business families from West to East, North to South, who own or influence the following tools of population control: banking institutions, MNCs, intergovernmental bodies, industry cartels, central governments, state governments, political parties, political leaders, military dictators, monarchs, religious bodies, lobby groups, diplomatic groupings, terror outfits, revolutions, revolts, coups, popular movements, underground movements, cultural trends, NGOs, foundations, and influential individuals.
In simple words, they’re the owners of Big Business and controllers of Big Government. They own stakes in super-cartels such as Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Food, Real Estate, Agri-Business, EdTech, etc.
Why Popular Media Can’t Cover the Hidden Agenda…
Legacy, popular, or mainstream media companies can only cover news as isolated, unconnected events. They’re not allowed to go deeper and higher.
There’s a reason why they can’t cover the hidden agenda. It’s a financial obligation. They get paid by corporations (ad money), by corporate-backed governments (ad money), and by corporate-supported interest groups (funding) to cover news. Corporations give them ad money to advertise products and services. Governments give them ad money to advertise policies and feats. Interest groups give them funding to control the narrative of the news.
Simply put, corporates pay them through all three routes – directly, through governments, and via interest groups. Naturally, the popular news media, trusted by the public because of their popularity, are obligated not to cover the hidden agenda of corporate empires.
…And Why We Can Cover it
What about Empire Diaries? Well, we don’t take ad money from corporates and governments. We don’t take funding from interest groups. As a result, we have zero obligation to the wealthy and powerful classes who like to influence the news. Hence, we can freely cover the deeds and misdeeds of corporate empires. That was the whole idea of launching this current affairs platform!
That is not to say we don’t need any support. We’re like the proverbial David, looking up at the towering Goliaths of journalism. Or say, we’re like the tank man from the iconic Tiananmen moment. We’d love to be a statement to the powers-that-be. And to be heard by them, we need your support.
You can back our brand of against-the-tide journalism with monetary support, technical help, logistical backing, legal guidance, etc. – whichever way you want to assist us, you’re welcome. You can say ‘Hi’ to us on 9821045739, or send across your financial contributions to 9748134095 on GPay or PayTM.
David, or say, the tank man, is waiting to hear from you!