board of management

N. Ram

N. Ram is Director, THG Publishing Private Limited, The Hindu Group's publishing company, and has been in the media field since 1966. He is former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, Frontline, BusinessLine, and Sportstar of The Hindu group of ...


N. Ravi

N. Ravi is Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd. and Publisher of The Hindu and other publications of The Hindu Group. He is former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, and has been in journalism since 1972. N. Ravi holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a degree ...


Malini Parthasarathy

Malini Parthasarathy is the Chairperson of The Hindu Group of Publications (Pvt. Ltd). She is also the former Editor of The Hindu (2013-16). During her tenure as Editor, the Mumbai edition of The Hindu was launched on November 28, 2015, a major ...


Navin Chawla

Navin Chawla is former Chief Election Commissioner of India. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1969 and served in the Governments of Delhi, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep as well as Ministries of Labour, Home, and Information and ...

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Zoya Hasan

Zoya Hasan is a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and former Dean of the School of Social Sciences. She is presently a Member of the National Integration Council.

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Sunil Khilnani, Professor South Asia stuies, John Hopkins University, Fellow Spring 2010, American Academy Berlin

Sunil Khilnani

Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director, King's India Institute, at King's College London. He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took a first in Social and Political Sciences, and at King's College, Cambridge, where he gained ...

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C. Rammanohar Reddy

C. Rammanohar Reddy is a writer and commentator based in Hyderabad.

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A. R. Venkatachalapathy

A. R. Venkatachalapathy is a Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, and is a historian and Tamil writer.

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V.S. Sambandan, Chief Administrative Officer

V.S. Sambandan is Chief Administrative Officer, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.He holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA degree from Bournemouth University, UK. During his journalism career ...

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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 ...

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About Kasturi & Sons Ltd.

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.