The Hindu, an English daily newspaper, is one of the oldest newspapers of India which launched in 1878 as a weekly newspaper before becoming a daily newspaper in 1889. Today the paper is printed in seventeen centers all over India. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2017 the newspaper is the third in terms of most-read English newspapers in the country with a readership of 5.3 million readers. The Hindu Group along with its newspaper publishes several magazines and other newspapers such as Frontline, Sports Star and Business Line, in addition to the Tamil edition of the newspaper by the name “The Hindu”. Today the newspapers and the companies are owned by the descendants of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar through Kasturi and Sons Limited.
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The Hindu Newspaper is published by THG Publishing Private Limited. 52.04% of THG Publishing Private Limited is owned by Kasturi & Sons Limited. The remaining 47.96% shares of THG Publishing Private Limited is split among among G. Narasimhan, G. Kasturi, S Parthasarathy and S Rangarajan families who all are great grandsons of S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.
Shares of Kasturi & Sons Limited is split among G. Narasimhan family (22.67%), G. Kasturi family (26.23%), S Parthasarathy family (24.94) and S Rangarajan family (26.13%) who all are great grandsons of S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.
Hence 100% share of Kasturi & Sons Limited is owned by Kasturi family and shares are divided between 46 family members and one company which is also owned by the family
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or G. Subramania Iyer was born in 1855 in Thanjavur district of the erstwhile Madras Presidency. Considered an icon of South Indian journalism for his progressive and liberal views, Iyer underwent coaching for a teacher’s profession in his early days. As a teacher, he taught in schools like the Church of Scotland Mission School at Madras and Pachaiyappa’s High School. He was also appointed as headmaster of the Anglo-Vernacular School. He founded The Hindu newspaper in 1878 along with his friends, M. Veeraraghavachariar, T. T. Rangachariar, P. V. Rangachariar, D. Kesava Rao and N. Subba Rao Pantulu. The newspaper initially started as a weekly but changed to a daily newspaper in 1889. He served as an editor of the newspaper from 1878 to 1898 and was succeeded by Veeraraghavachariar. G. Subramania Iyer has also started the Tamil language newspaper Swadesamitran in 1882 and made it daily in 1899. In 1906 the newspaper was bought by the barrister Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.
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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.
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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.
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is the 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.
the third son of G. Narasimhan is a Whole Time Director with the Company.
G. Kasturi’s son, is a Whole Time Director with the Company. He is also the Director of other companies including Sanka Graphics Private Limited, KSL Media Limited, Kasturi Estates Private Limited, KSL Digital Ventures Limited, Chennai International Centre and Sporting Pastime India Limited.
G. Kasturi’s daughter, is a Whole Time Director with the Company. She is also the Director of other companies including KSL Media Limited, and Tvam Art and Design Studio Private Limited.
S. Rangarajan’s daughter, is a Whole Time Director with the Company. She is also the Director of KSL Media Limited, Sargam Metals Private Limited, Sargam Holding Company Private Limited.
S. Rangarajan’s daughter, is a Whole Time Director with the Company. She is also the Director of KSL Media Limited and KSL Digital Ventures Limited.
the grandson of S. Rangarajan is the Whole Time Director of the Company. He is also the Director of KSL Digital Ventures Limited, and Chennai City Football Club Limited.
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The Kasturi and Sons is an unlisted company and does not publish an annual report. The financial information for the outlet is not available. The company management information is retrieved form the Hindu Centre website. The financial information for the company is retrieved from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. An information request was sent to the company by email and courier on the 1st February 2019. The company has not responded so far.