There are numerous national and local newspapers published in the vast vibrant, diverse, secular and incredible country like India. The Hindu is one such magazine, second only to the Times of India, in terms of circulation, reach and popularity to readers in India.
A 140-year-old News Paper
The Hindu is an English Daily newspaper with its headquarters at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was founded in 20th September 1878. The Hindu group Publication is owned by Kasthuri and sons.
A Newspaper in transition
This Newspaper was a brainchild of 4 law students and 2 teachers from Triplicane. The basic idea was to use it as propaganda material to support the campaign of Sir T. Muthyswamy Iyer for the judgeship in the all-white Madras High Court. About 100 copies were issued in the inaugural issue.
The Publication grew in stature along with many National and local newspapers at the time when our nation broke the shackles of the British regime. Some Newspapers disappeared on the way. But it emerged slowly and surely: reporting and bringing the real picture while adapting to changes in public opinion and Indian history.
Present status of this well-liked magazine
Started as a weekly paper, it is now a daily newspaper with an average sale of 1.21 million, published as it is from 11 States of India. Daily 15 million read the printed newspaper while about 200K subscribe to its online edition. Even Government officers and Business leaders depend on the broad, comprehensive, unbiased news coverage and reporting to take major decisions.
The main office is in Anna Salai, Chennai. The group has the latest facilities for news gathering, composition and printing. Printing is done from about 17 centers across India. It even has foreign bureaus in eleven cities such as Addis Ababa, Islamabad, Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Paris, Dubai, Beijing, Moscow, Washington DC and London.
Recognitions and achievements
Some of its Recognitions and Achievements are:
- The Times listed this magazine as one of the world’s ten best newspapers in 1965.
- In 1968 it received the World Press Achievement award from the American Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
- First Indian paper to go online in 1995
Why people prefer the Hindu
While recognition has poured in from eminent personalities and associations, the common man follows this newspaper for the following reasons:
To many, The Hindu is the ultimate source to enrich their Vocabulary. The articles and content here flow from the pens of proficient writers whose lively and lucid descriptions are high standards of language expression. This Newspaper is a big favorite with many School teachers who allocate some time during school hours for student reading sessions of this newspaper.
People of the highest repute write the Editorials of this newspaper. Hence the editorial is a column closely followed prominent individuals of society and people in power to gauge public opinion. It also forms the basis for the common man to understand the current scenario.
- A guide to current affairs for major competitive exams
The Newspaper has offices across the country and foreign bureaus across the world. Experienced reporters cover the local and global news in an unbiased, accurate and comprehensive manner.
All aspects such as political news, business news, sports, and other fields are covered. Hence the Newspaper is recommended by most educators and training institutes for aspirants of important exams in India.
- No distortion of facts
The Hindu has come to be known as a Daily with accurate and balanced reports and editorials.
Supplements of this paper
This influential newspaper in India has the following supplements
- Metro Plus
- Business Review
- Education Plus
- Friday Review
- Open Page
- Literary Review
- Property Plus
Other magazines of this group
- Sportstar – Weekly magazine with round up of Sports news
- The Hindu Tamil – a Tamil daily for local news in Tamil Nadu
- The Hindu Business Line with business news
- Frontline – News roundup published every fortnight
- The Hindu in School
- Young World – Special mag for kids below 15 years
- Survey of Indian Industry – Annual review of Indian industrial sector
- Survey of Indian Agriculture – Annual review of Indian Agriculture
- Survey of Indian Environment – Annual review of Indian Environment
Fests and events conducted by the Hindu publication
- Car Free Sundays – An event in collaboration with Corporation of Chennai and Chennai Police for conducting activities like running, performing and other activities on Sunday on Elliots’ Beach
- The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest – Conceived in 2005 and aims to provide a platform for young theatre groups at the same time celebrating high-quality theatre
- November Fest
- Lit for Life – The Hindu – Writers, freelancers, novelists, and literary enthusiasts arrive in Chennai for a literature festival to expand and explore Literature in all its genres and ideas. One of the highlights of this fest is The Hindu Prize for Best fiction and The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards shortlisted and selected by eminent literary giants.
Some criticize the newspaper for its presentation of raw facts and lack of opinions such as are published in other Reputed Indian dailies. Some readers feel it is leaning towards the Left presently.
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