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The Hindu Online

The Hindu was the first newspaper in India to have a website which was launched in the year 1996 its print version was one of the oldest newspapers launched in the year 1878 under the leadership of G. Subramania Iyer, an icon of South Indian journalism. The Hindu Group along with its newspaper publishes several magazines and other newspapers such as Frontline, Sports Star and Business Line. The outlet is owned by the Kasturi and Sons Limited which is a family owned company.

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The Hindu Group

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Ownership Structure

The Hindu News Website is owned by Kasturi & Sons Limited. Shares of Kasturi & Sons Limited is split among G. Narasimhan, G. Kasturi, S Parthasarathy and S Rangarajan families who all are great grandsons of S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.

G. Narasimhan family holds 22.67% share of Kasturi & Sons Limited, G. Kasturi family hold 26.23% share, S Parthasarathy family holds 24.94% share and S Rangarajan family holds 26.13% share of the company.

Hence 100% share of Kasturi & Sons Limited is owned by Kasturi family and shares are divided between 46 family members and one company which are also owned by the family.

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Founding Year

1996

Affiliated Interests Founder

The Hindu Group

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Narasimhan Ram

or N. Ram as he is known, is the chairman of the THG Publishing Private Limited, which is a publishing company of the The Hindu Group, that publishes The Hindu newspaper. He is the great grandson of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, who bought The Hindu newspaper from its founder in 1906. N. Ram has a Masters in History from Presidency College. N. Ram has also a M.S. in Comparative Journalism from Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. Earlier N. Ram was the Editor-in-chief of the Group’s flagship publications – The Hindu, Frontline, BusinessLine and Sportstar. Ram was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, for journalism in 1990, the Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year award from the Press Foundation of Asia in 1990, the BD Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 1989, the National Citizen Award in 1995, XLRI’s (Xavier School of Managemnt) first JRD Tata Award for Business ethics in 2002 and Sri Lanka Ratna, Sri Lanka’s highest national award conferred on non-nationals in 2005. N. Ram is also an author of the books – ‘Why scams are here to stay’ and ‘Riding the Nuclear Tiger’. He is also the co-author of ‘R.K. Narayan: The Early Years’. N. Ram is a founding trustee of Media Development Foundation with the Asian College of Journalism. He is also member of the Board of Visitors of the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University.
N. Ram is also a Director in many companies including – TNQ Books and Journals Private Limited, Kasturi Estates Private Limited, Author Café Private Limited, TNQ Technologies Private Limited, and EHS Management Technologies Private Limited.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Suresh Nambath

has been the Editor of The Hindu since 1 March, 2019. He succeeded Mukund Padmanabhan who retired on 28 February, 2019. Suresh Nambath has been associated with The Hindu since 1996 when he joined the newspaper as the Principal Correspondent. He was the Tamil Nadu Bureau Chief from July 2006 to February 2012. He was the National Editor of the newspaper since October 2015 often deputizing for the Editor in his absence.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Malini Parthasarathy

is a cousin of N. Ram, and the great granddaughter of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar. She is the Co-Chairperson of The Hindu Group of Publications Private Limited. She has a MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a PhD from Centre for Politics Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Malini Parathasarathy is also a former editor of The Hindu. She also founded The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy. Malini Parathasarathy was awarded with the first Bank of the India award for Excellence in Journalism in 1997 and Halidighati Award from the Maharana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur. She has been the member of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) election observer groups of during elections in Pakistan. Also, she was a member of Governing Board at Auroville Foundation. Malini Parathasarathy has been a member of Executive Committee and Project Approval Committee, National Literacy Mission Authority. Parthasarathy is also the Director of KSL Media Limited, THS Publishing Private Limited, Kasturi and Sons Limited and KSL Digital Ventures Limited.

Contact

Kasturi Buildings 859&860, Anna Salai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

India 600002

Tel.: +91-44-28524445 and +91-44-28538155

Fax : +91-44-28415325

Email : thc@thehinducentre.com

Website : www.thehindu.com

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The Hindu is an unlisted company the company and does not publish annual reports. The management information is retrieved form their other website i.e., The Hindu Centre. Information on financial or revenue from website is not available. The shareholding and company consolidate financial information is collected from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. An email and a courier were sent to the company on 1 February 2019 and so far there has been no response.

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