Bobby Ghosh, Time magazine’s International Editor, will join business news site Quartz as managing editor, Quartz CEO Kevin Delaney announced on Tuesday.
“Bobby is one of the most-experienced journalists at covering international affairs and the new global economy, having lived as a correspondent in Baghdad, London, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Washington DC,” wrote Delaney in a memo to the Quartz staff. “Raised in India, his assignments have taken him to much of the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, including years spent in war zones.”
After launching less than two years ago, Quartz has rapidly grown both domestically and abroad. On Monday of this week, it officially released the Indian version of its site, which promises to chronicle politics and economics under the new leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As an Indian national with experience as a foreign correspondent, Ghosh will be an integral component of Quartz’s continued movement overseas. Ghosh’s post-mortem discussion of the Indian election at Asia Society’s New York headquarters last month might be a clue to the type of coverage that Quartz India will provide in the coming months.
Ghosh noted that Modi’s election might be a bad omen for political and religious minorities in India: none of the candidates elected from Modi’s party to India’s lower house of Parliament are Muslim. “Nothing has prepared me for how badly the [political] left has done,” said Ghosh, which has resulted in an “absence of a voice on the left. It was valuable to have that voice as part of the discussion, and I fear now that it is no longer present.”
Video: Ghosh and fellow panelists dissect the Indian election (5 min., 30 sec.)