Team NTMN


Team NTMN delegates after winning the Manthan South Asia Award, December 2011, in New Delhi (L to R) Tanay Sukumar, Sugandha, Adarsh Ladda, Rishi Ayyer

Team NTMN delegates after winning the Manthan South Asia Award for best e-content, December 2011, in New Delhi. (From left to right) Tanay Sukumar, Sugandha, Adarsh Ladda, Rishi Ayyer.

Tanay Sukumar, editor-in-chief (Nov 2009–May 2013), editorial director (Jan–May 2015)
Sugandha, operations head (Jan 2010–May 2013)
Kumar Pratik, editor-in-chief (Jun 2013–Jan 2015)
Pratul Bagri and Rakshit Ranjan, editorial heads (Jan 2015–Jan 2016)
Aashish Aryan, Bijender Sheoran, Rishi Ayyer, Saswata De, Vishal Dayama, strategy team
Rajat Goel, visuals editor, design and tech lead (Jul 2012–Jan 2016)

Hall of Fame: Adarsh Ladda, strategy; Apoorva Tapas and Priyanka Mehta, formerly, senior copyeditors; Mayank Goyal, formerly, tech consultant; Nipun Chawla, formerly, visuals editor

Key contributions from Brototi Roy, Dharna Chauhan, Karan Taneja, Prateek, Prateek Singhal, Seema Bansal

Our story

Tanay Sukumar writes in the introduction to this archive website:

Till mid-2013, the website was led by Sugandha and me – we were students at a top engineering college when we got together to set up our award-winning team, with an ambitious vision for content in what were the early years of social media-led public discourse.

Most of our team members were students and alumni of some of the best institutions in India and abroad. In mid-2013, one of the lead authors of the website, Kumar Pratik, took over as editor-in-chief, and in 2015, NTMN was led briefly by Pratul Bagri and Rakshit Ranjan, with support from “veteran NTMNers”, Aashish Aryan, Rishi Ayyer, Bijender Sheoran, Vishal Dayama, and the senior leadership team.

As we moved on after our student years, we gradually got busy with our own lives and careers… and NTMN stopped being what it used to be. I taught in an underserved community for two years, and today, like Aashish, am a full-time journalist. Sugandha works as a product manager and Pratik is a management professional. Vishal continued doing what he did best at NTMN – satire – and he works full-time with AIB now. Bijender and our star digital artist, Rajat Goel were founding members of Citizens for Accountable Governance.

We wrote with the goal of “inspiring change through humour”, and the awards and media coverage that we got encouraged us in what we did. For most of us, NTMN was a period of self-discovery and it gave us purpose in life – and today we are furthering our goals for the society and the world through means and professions we felt were best. But in the process, we were unable to do justice to the faith our loyal readers had put in us: we disappeared. We could not do justice to the organizations that saw promise in our work and awarded us on international platforms.

We hope we gave you the best content we could provide, while we could as a team. We hope we made some difference to the lives of our old-time readers. We assure you that though NTMN does not publish any more, each of us is still doing things that we believe will serve the purpose we set out to serve when we produced the work that you loved, on NTMN.


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