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Saptarshi Bhattacharya, Senior Coordinator, Administration and Programmes

Saptarshi Bhattacharya, Senior Coordinator, Administration and Programmes, is a former Chief Sub-Editor and former Chief Reporter of The New Indian Express . He has been a journalist for the past 21 years. He graduated from Tripura University with an Honours in English Literature. As a journalist, he began his journey as a reporter with The Hindu and wrote extensively about Urban Development and the Environment, besides covering local politics. He then switched over to television and had a three-year stint with Aaj Tak, India’s leading Hindi news channel, and Headlines Today. When The Hindu and NDTV joined hands to launch NDTV-Hindu, a local English television channel in Chennai, he was appointed as the Senior Input Editor for the news section. During his career in television, Saptarshi reported extensively on Tamil Nadu, often undertaking sudden journeys to distant and arduous places. He was chosen as a Fellow by the North East Foundation to do a short study on the impact of conflict on women and children in Tripura. Some of his findings were published in The Hindu . Saptarshi has also taken active part in the nationwide anti-nuclear campaign that followed the Pokhran II test explosions, and he has represented the movement in international forums like the one organised by Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO. An avid sports lover, Saptarshi played football for a club in the Chennai football league and is now a licensed grassroots football coach. His areas of interests include environment and forest conservation and political affairs in India in general and Tamil Nadu in particular.

Kasturi & Sons Ltd (KSL), India's leading media house, traces its origin to the nation's freedom struggle.

Its flagship daily, The Hindu, was started as a weekly publication on September 20, 1878, by six young nationalists led by a radical social reformer and school teacher, G. Subramania Aiyer. The others were M. Veeraragavachariar, his school teacher friend, and T.T. Rangachariar, P.V. Rangachariar, D. Kesava Rao Pant and N. Subba Rau Pantulu, law students. The youngsters, all in their twenties, belonged to a society called The Triplicane Literary Society, which was an important forum for Indians to discuss current topics.

The Hindu started printing at its own press, "The National Press" in 1883. The weekly publication grew to become a tri-weekly (1883), an evening daily (1889) and a morning paper (1940).

On April 1, 1905, Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, bought The Hindu and the National Press from Subramania Aiyer and Veeraragavachariar, providing the already influential newspaper a strong financial base. KSL was incorporated as a private limited company in 1940 and as a public limited company in 1959.

What started as a modest operation with 80 printed copies in 1878 grew to become an industry leader among publications noted for editorial and technical excellence.

To provide in-depth coverage in sports, KSL started The Sportstar, a weekly magazine, in 1978. A fortnightly, Frontline, focusing on social, economic and political issues at national and international levels was started in 1984. A business daily, The Hindu Business Line, was started in 1994. KSL was also the first media house in India to start online news operations, when it launched the news website of The Hindu in 1996.

Key milestones:

  • Sept 20, 1878 : Six young men start The Hindu as a weekly edition.
  • April 1, 1889 : The Hindu becomes an evening daily.
  • Nov 11, 1940 : The Hindu becomes a morning daily.
  • July 15, 1978 : KSL starts The Sportstar a weekly magazine for Sports.
  • Dec 1, 1984 : KSL starts Frontline a fortnightly magazine on current affairs.
  • Jan 28, 1994 : KSL starts The Hindu Business Line, a business daily.
  • April 18, 1996 : The Hindu Internet Edition launched.
  • Sept 13, 2003 : The Hindu celebrates 125 years.
  • Sept 20, 2012 : KSL launches The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.

Technology and innovation:

In addition to editorial leadership, innovation and the use of latest technology have been KSL's hallmarks. Be it in setting up its own printing press (1883), operating its own fleet of aircraft to deliver newspapers to readers across South India (1963), introducing facsimilie transmission in India (1969), or being the first in the world to install the state-of-the-art "Diamondspirit" press (2005), KSL continues to be an industry leader.

The company is headquartered in India's southern city, Chennai.