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The Chopra Family

The Chopra Family

Vijay Kumar Chopra currently is the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of The Hind Samachar Limited. His father was Lala Jagat Narain, the founder of The Hind Samachar Limited which is the publishing company of the Punjab Kesari.

In 2009 Vijay was elected as the Chairman of the Press Trust of India. In addition to his career in the field of media he is actively involved in social work and received the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest Indian Civilian Award for Literature and Education in the year 1990.

Besides graduating in 1955 from Doaba College, Jalandhar his educational background includes a training in printing technology first in Germany and later at The Thompson Foundation Newspaper Management in the United Kingdom.

The sons of Vijay Kumar Chopra, Avinash and Amit Chopra are currently handling the business.

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Ashwini Kumar Chopra

is the nephew of Vijay Kumar Chopra and the son of Ramesh Chandra Chopra, the former Editor of the Hind Samachar group of newspapers, and the grandson of Lala Jagat Narain. He does not have shares in the company but he occupies the position of the Resident Editor at Punjab Kesari. Being actively involved in politics he got elected as a candidate of the Bharatya Janata Party to the 16th Lok Sabha from Karnal. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and thereafter Ashwini worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for about 6 months and later in Delhi at the Times Group as publisher of The Times of India.

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There is no biography available for Avinash and Amit Chopra, sons of Vijay Kumar Chopra. Vijay Kumar Chopra’s wife, Swadesh Chopra officially holds shares in the company as per the MCA documents, however, she passed away in the year 2015. Not much information about the family is available. The website of the Punjab Kesari Group does not work and therefore the management and editorial team details are not available. The sources of the data were articles published online as The Hind Samachar does not have a corporate website. The data related to the shareholding pattern was taken from the filings available on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website. The MOM team had sent an email on the 23rd January 2019 followed by a letter on the 1st February 2019 to Punjab Kesari to confirm the data given in the document. There has been no response from the Company yet.

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