About India-West (Best Indian Newspaper in North America) and indiawest.com:
India-West is one of the oldest and largest Indian media conglomerates in North America. It is also the most honored, having received no less than 50 awards for excellence in journalism during its last 40 years of operation.
India-West was established in 1975 by Ramesh and Bina Murarka, both Stanford University graduates, as a weekly print publication to cater to the needs of the Indian expatriates settled in the U.S. It experienced a rapid growth since it was the only Indian publication which highlighted the achievements of the Indian community in the U.S.
While doing so, it also began to address issues affecting the new immigrant community, such as assimilation into mainstream America, the importance of getting involved in local government bodies as well as the importance of seeking political office.
India-West did not shy away from addressing the unpleasant issues either, such as spousal abuse, which led to the establishment of the first hotline and subsequent shelter for abused women and their families.
In 2010, India-West saw the rapidly growing popularity of the worldwide web and decided to make its presence felt on the internet as well. The website www.indiawest.com was launched, followed by a mobile app in 2011.
The website rapidly began to draw visitors because of the plethora of content it made available to the Indian community – not only in the U.S., but in several other countries as well. The website today regularly attracts visitors from the U.S., India, Canada, U.K. and even Pakistan.
indiawest.com is currently the highest ranked website among all Indian news websites in North America. (Source: Alexa rankings)
In early 2019, India-West saw yet another platform growing at a relentless pace, embraced heavily by the younger generation, collectively referred to as Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Once again, the management took the proactive decision to make the presence of India-West felt across all these Social Media platforms.
The combination of Print, Digital E-editions, Website, Daily Newsletter, Mobile App, and heavy engagement across all Social Media platforms has made India-West a dominant force in the Indian American community.
In short, India-West reaches more Indians in North America than any other Indian media – and the best part is — that its news is all factual news that is highly respected and trusted by the community.
ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
•RAMESH MURARKA, President and Publisher
Ramesh Murarka arrived in the U.S. in 1969 after graduating with top honors (gold medalist) from his college in India. He attended Stanford University for three years, where he received two more degrees.
Ramesh and Bina Murarka had launched the print edition of India-West way back in 1975. The print edition continues to flourish and has earned 43 awards to date for excellence in journalism.
Ramesh has a very gregarious personality, which he has used to establish strong relationships with all the major Indian business establishments in the U.S., particularly those in California and in the New York/New Jersey area. He also has excellent connections with all the leading ad agencies that place corporate ads in ethnic media.
• BINA MURARKA, Co-founder, Editor and Content Manager
Bina Murarka arrived in the U.S. at the young age of three. She lived and studied in several countries besides the U.S., such as Chile, Peru, Italy and Canada, as her father worked for the United Nations. She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate studies (where she met Ramesh) and then completed her graduate studies in Sociology and Journalism at UC-Riverside.
Bina is a meticulous editor, always demanding the best from her team of talented writers. She is very cognizant of the issues confronting the Indian immigrant community settled in the U.S. and strives to deal with these issues in a very detailed and responsible manner.
The 43 awards for journalistic excellence are testimony to this hard work and dedication of Bina Murarka.
• NIBHA AGGARWAL, Chief Technology Officer
Nibha is a veteran of the enterprise software industry. During the last 20 years in the software industry, she has played a key role in major technology companies transforming markets, developing products, and exploiting untapped opportunities. Nibha has been involved with engineering, marketing, executive management, and business development for large technology companies such as Amdocs, Novell, Informix, and Wind River Systems. She also spent nine years in the start up space. She founded SkyFlow, Inc. commercializing a cutting-edge Grid Based Computing Architecture from UC Berkeley to provide speech self service solution to call centers. She has been working in the SaaS CRM space for several years, spanning areas such as sales automation, marketing automation and call center automation. Nibha has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a B.E. (Honors) in Electronics Engineering from India.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Our advisory board comprises highly respected and well-recognized luminaries from the hi-tech world of Silicon Valley. Each one of them provides continual input and guidance to us, which is extremely valuable in ensuring rapid growth of our portal.
• RAJU REDDY, C.E.O. of Sierra Atlantic
• MANISH CHANDRA, Founder of Kaboodle
• NAVEEN JAIN, C.E.O. of Intelius
• SAM MATHAN, C.E.O. of Matisse Networks
• ANIL GODHWANI, Founder of SimplyHired.com
• NITIN MEHTA, C.E.O. of GreenOaks Capital
• NIKHIL MODI, C.E.O. of Whiz Technologies
• RAJ JASWA, C.E.O. of Dyyno, Inc.
• VIVEK WADHWA, Famous Columnist and Blogger