New York Times starts English-language India site

The New York Times said Friday it is launching an English-language website called India Ink offering news and analysis about politics, culture, business, sports and lifestyle in India.

The site,, initially will be exempt from digital subscription packages.

India Ink is edited by The New York Times in India and the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong. It is led by Heather Timmons, who has covered business in India for The New York Times for the last four years.

The site will feature contributions from the newspaper’s journalists, including New Delhi bureau chief Jim Yardley and correspondent Lydia Polgreen, Mumbai correspondent Vikas Bajaj and former New Delhi bureau chief Somini Sengupta.

Also among those contributing to the site are author Sonia Faleiro, who will cover India’s many subcultures; literary critic and columnist Nilanjana S. Roy, writing on women’s changing roles; and sociologist Dipankar Gupta on economics. Other writers will cover cricket, Bollywood and the historical context of current affairs, among other topics.

The New York Times Co. properties include The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 websites.

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