Mathrubhumi is one of the leading Malayalam newspapers in India. Founded in 1923 by an activist Kizhakke Potta Kesava Menon, it was one of the first newspapers that became the voice of the Indian Independence movement in Kerala.
The first edition of the paper carried a strong message of support for the National Movement and a pledge to unify the un-organized Malayalees. The editorial had an intense patriotic tone; stressing on the need for real freedom from disparity, divisions and distortions. Poets like Vallathol Narayana Menon, apart from others often expressed their patriotic feelings through the columns of the Mathrubhumi, inspiring the freedom fighters.
With sixteen editions – ten in Kerala, one in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Dubai and Doha each – the paper has a circulation of over 1.5 million copies. According to the Indian Readership Survey of 2017, the paper ranks 15th in top 20 dailies in the country across languages, 7th in readership in regional languages and 2nd most read in Malayalam with 11.84 million readers.
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Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company
Mathrubhumi is owned by Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Private Limited with 100% control. The share of Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Private Limited is divided amongst 384 individuals.
MP Veerendra Kumar and family owns 37.64% share of the company of which M V Shreyams Kumar, son of MP Veerendra Kumar holds 16.9% followed by M P Veerendra kumar who holds 6.3% share, M J Vijayapadman (First cousin of MP Veerendra Kumar) holds 4.78% share and his wife Namitha holds 2.62%, Mr. MK Vivek holds 3.47% share and MK Jinachandran father of Vijayapadman holds 3.49% share.
P V Chandran family owns 22.04% share of Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Private Limited. The shares are distributed among 9 members of the family of which major shareholders are Mr. PV Chandran (6.41% share) his brother P V Gangadharan (5.83% share) and P V Nidesh (5.80% share) son of P V Gangadharan. The remaining shares are split among other 6 members of the family.
40.36% share of Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Private Limited is split among other individual shareholders with less than 1% share.
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Other minority shareholders
The remaining share of 40.36% is split between other individual shareholders with less than 1% share
Affiliated Interests Founder
was born in a royal family of the Maharajah of Palakkad in the south Indian state of Kerala. He was an Arts Graduate from the Madras University and a Bar-at-Law from Middle Temple of the United Kingdom. A freedom fighter who joined the Indian National Congress in 1915, he was an avid writer and had authored many books and essays. Menon launched the Mathrubhumi (Homeland), a Malayalam newspaper for voicing his thoughts for the freedom movement. Today the newspaper is one of the prominent and widely read Malayalam newspapers both in Kerala and outside Kerala.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
(M.P. Veerendra Kumar) is the Chairman and the Managing Director of The Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company Limited, publishers of Mathrubhumi newspaper. He holds a Masters in Philosophy from the Vivekananda College, Madras and is also has a Master’s in Business Administration from Cincinnati University, Ohio, USA. Kumar is the Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament), to which he was elected as a Janata Dal (United) representative. He was a Minister of State at the Centre when Inder Kumar Gujral was the Prime Minister in 1997.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
or P.V. Chandran is the Wholetime Director and the Managing Editor of the Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Private Limited that publishes the Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi. Chandran is the owner of the Kerala Transport Company, that he founded along with his father in 1958. Chandran is also a prominent industrialist and a social activist. He is also a Director with Kalpakka Rubber Plantations Private Limited, KTC Cars India Private Limited, KTC Automobiles Private Limited, PVS Automotive Company Private Limited, PVS Hospitals Private Limited, PVS Memorial Hospital Private Limited, and the Indian Newspaper Society
Affiliated Interests other important people
is the Executive Editor of Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company Limited. He is an investigative journalist and a columnist. Earlier, he was the Resident Editor of The Hindu, Managing Editor – Regional Editions of India Today and Resident Editor of Madhya Pradesh edition of The Times of India. He also worked with The Indian Express, Voluntary Health Association of India, and with the Government of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE in different capacities.
The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.,
M.J. Krishnamohan Memorial Building,
K.P. Kesava Menon Road,
Kozhikode – 673001
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The shareholding pattern for the company was available on the website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs. MOM team had sent an email on 19th March 2019 followed by a letter on 21 March 2019 to the company to confirm the data given in the document.