Derived from the Sanskrit word "Jagannath," juggernaut means a massive force, campaign, movement, or object. The story of Jagannath, a Hindu god, was brought to Europe in the 14th century and used in American newspapers as early as 1864. As the lore of Jagannath, “lord of the world,” spread, the word juggernaut came to refer to any “enormous entity with powerful crushing capabilities.” In naming ourselves The Juggernaut we honor the word’s South Asian roots and the unstoppable force we believe South Asia(ns) to be.
The Juggernaut is a premium publication and community that publishes smart takes and well-reported stories about South Asia and South Asians. We call it “smart journalism for the South Asian diaspora” though we welcome all readers who are curious about our stories.
We are starting with one new story every weekday and have now published well over 200 features, covering everything from politics to culture to tech. Our goal is to celebrate our heritage but also challenge and unlearn what our history books and community have gotten wrong.
We are thoughtful in everything we do — from choosing fonts created by South Asians to paying our writers and illustrators responsibly — and have been featured in TechCrunch, Axios, Forbes, CNBC, Harvard Business School blog, and Yale.
South Asians are the fastest growing demographic in the United States and the world’s largest diaspora but when Snigdha, The Juggernaut’s founder, was growing up in New York, being Indian wasn't cool. Western media focused largely on South Asia's poverty and stereotypes but that didn’t compute.
To make sense of what was going on in South Asia itself, and with South Asians nationally, Snigdha wrote a weekly email newsletter reflecting on the best articles about South Asia(ns). But linking to other publications soon wasn't enough. She wanted coverage she wasn't seeing. So she dove into figuring out what it would take to start a new publication with original, reported stories. She called it The Juggernaut.
Media is difficult. People like free. But free, ad-supported content often leads to clickbait articles that are low in quality. Ad revenue doesn’t responsibly support the costs associated with publishing an article (not even The New York Times can survive on ad revenue alone). We launched behind a paywall because it allows us to pay our writers and artists well and quickly. It also allows us to invest in better journalism. If you have additional questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
Meghna spent four years in India, reporting on technology for Tech in Asia and researching the realities of social impact startups for Unitus Seed Fund. More recently, she wrote in-depth, data-driven research for CB Insights. She hails from Queens, New York and can speak Kannada and Hindi.
Fariha has written for several publications, including Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Hazlitt. She has three book deals in the works and started the Two Brown Girls podcast. She grew up in Australia and can speak Bengali.
Ami spent more than a decade designing and implementing technology solutions at Deloitte Digital. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BAS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from University of California, Davis. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and can speak Gujarati and Hinglish.
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