Kahani Paagal Patrakar ki: The story of Rahul Roushan ‘the mind behind Faking News’

In the current era, where we are surrounded by serious topics that need to be discussed but are not dealt properly because of how sensitive they are, Faking News, India’s one of the most popular news satire website is like a sign of relief where one speak and share and has become a channel for catharsis to many. 

It started as a personal blog by Rahul Roushan but over the years has become the leading news satire and humor website of India.

Rahul Roushan comes from the city of Patna, Bihar and is an entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO of a digital media startup, operating a news-portal OpIndia and is the Founder of FakingNews.

He graduated in Mathematics from Patna University in the year 2001 and then received a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in New Delhi, 2002. Rahul is also an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management granted in 2007. Roushan is now settled in Mumbai, where he lives with his wife.

Earlier he had served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Swarajya magazine and was also the founder of the current affairs satire portal Faking News, having served as its editor till 2016. 

Before Faking news, even before starting his career in journalism, while still being a student, he had launched crickstock.com, a virtual gaming website, ahead of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Crickstock.com was later sold off to a US-based online gaming company and Roushan chose a freelancing career as a management consultant; one of his projects included helping the Bihar government set up a management institute in Patna, in 2008. 

In 2008, inspired by the American news satire website The Onion, Roushan started Faking News as a blog and wrote under the pseudonym Pagal Patrakaar (crazy journalist). In 2009, the blog was turned into a full-fledged website. In 2013, Faking News was acquired by Firstpost, a news portal of the Network 18 group, for an undisclosed amount. Roushan went on to serve as its editor till September 2016, when he switched to Swarajya magazine as Chief Strategy Officer.

In November 2018, he became the CEO of a spin-off digital media startup — Aadhyaasi Media & Content Services, which took over the production of OpIndia from Swarajya.

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Roushan is a great example to all those people who don’t believe in the power of their ideas. When asked about the success of Faking News he said “When I first started the blog, I never took it seriously. I always viewed it as ‘time-pass’ but once I realized its potential, I stopped everything else to set this up seriously”

You’ll never know when your random idea will be the reason for your success. Trust your instincts and take a leap of faith, maybe your idea is the next big thing!

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Quote of the day-“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
― Edmund Burke

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