The Kasturi Family
The Kasturi family, descendants of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar hold the complete stake in Kasturi and Sons Limited, the company that publishes The Hindu, English newspaper. N. Ram, the son of G. Narasimhan is the Chairman of THG Publishing Private Limited, the Hindu Group’s publishing company. He is the great grandson of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, who bought The Hindu newspaper from its founder in 1905. N. Ram has a Masters in History from Presidency College. He also has 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 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, and a 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, EHS Management Technologies Private Limited.
THG Publishing Private Limited (52%)
CCI Sourcing Private Limited (50%)
KSL Media Limited (100%)
KSL Media Ventures Limited (52%)
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the son of G. Narasimhan and is the Director of Kasturi and Sons Limited, and the Publisher of The Hindu newspaper. Ravi has a Master’s Degree in Economics, along with a Law Degree. Ravi is also a Director at KSL Media Limited, Serendipity Investments Private Limited, and The Press Trust of India 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.
daughter of S. Parthasarathy, and the great granddaughter of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, is the Co-Chairperson of The Hindu Group of Publications Private Limited. She has a MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and 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 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, KSL Digital Ventures Limited.
The Kasturi and Sons is an unlisted company and does not publish an annual report. The financial information of the outlet is not available. The company management information is retrieved form the Hindu Centre website. The financial information of the company is retrieved from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Also, an email and a courier were sent to the company on 1 February 2019 requesting for information. The company has not responded so far.