Founded -20 September 1878
Type Daily newspaper
Owner Kasturi and Sons Limited
Publisher The Hindu Group
Editor Siddharth Varadarajan
Political alignment Left-leaning, Independe
Headquarters Kasturi Buildings, 859 &
860, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002
Circulation 1,466,304 daily
Official website www.thehindu.com
1940: First to introduce colour.
1963: First to own fleet of aircraft for distribution.
1969: First to adopt facsimile system of page
1980: First to use computer aided photo composing.
1986: First to use satellite for facsimile transmission.
1994: First to adopt wholly computerised integration of
text and graphics in page make-up and remote imaging.
1994: The Hindu launches Business Line.
1995: First newspaper to go on Internet.
2012: The Hindu in School was launched in 2 April for
2013: The Hindu launches its Tamil version on 16 Septembe
Official website - English
Mobile website - English
Online edition (ePaper) - English
The Hindu Business Line - Business Daily
Sportstar - Weekly Sports magazine
Frontline - Fortnightly magazine
Survey of Indian Industry - An annual review on Indian Industries
Survey of Indian Agriculture - An annual review on Indian Agriculture
Survey of the Environment - An annual review of the Environment
Indian Cricket - An annual record book on Cricket
The Hindu Index - Monthly and Cumulated Annual
Special Publications under the series THE HINDU SPEAKS ON Libraries: Information
Technology, Management, Education, Religious Values, Music, Scientific Facts.
Special Publication under the series FROM THE PAGES OF THE HINDU: Mahatma Gandhi
- The Last 200 days.
The Hindu was founded in Madras on 20
September 1878 as a weekly by four law
students (T. T. Rangachariar, P. V.
Rangachariar, D. Kesava Rao Pantulu and N.
Subba Rao Pantulu) led by G. Subramania
Iyer, a school teacher from Tanjore district
and M. Veeraraghavachariar, a lecturer at
The Hindu was started to support the
campaign of Sir T. Muthuswamy Iyer for a
judgeship at the Madras High Court and to
counterbalance the propaganda against him
carried out by the Anglo-Indian press.
The Hindu was one of the many newspapers of the
period established to protest against the
discriminatory policies of the British government in
About 80 copies of the inaugural issue were
printed at Srinidhi Press, Georgetown on one
rupee and twelves annas of borrowed money.
Subramania Iyer became the first editor and
Veeraraghavachariar, the first managing
director of the newspaper.
The paper was initially liberal in its outlook
and supported the continuation of British rule
The paper initially printed from Srinidhi Press
but later moved on Scottish Press, then, The
Hindu Press, Mylapore, and finally to the
National Press on Mount Road
Started as a weekly newspaper, the paper
became a tri-weekly in 1883 and an evening
daily in 1889. A single copy of the newspaper
was priced at four annas
The offices moved to rented premises at 100
Mount Road on 3 December 1883
The newspaper started printing at its own
press there, named "The National Press,"
which was established on borrowed capital as
public subscriptions were not forthcoming.
The building itself became The Hindu's in
1892, after the Maharaja of
Vizianagaram, Pusapati Ananda Gajapati
Raju, gave The National Press a loan both for the
building and to carry out needed expansion
The Hindu's home till 1939, there issued a
quarto-size paper with a front-page full of
advertisements—a practice that came to an end
only in 1958 when it followed the lead of its
idol, the pre-Thomson Times—and three back
pages also at the service of the advertiser.
In the late 1980s when its ownership passed into
the hands of the family's younger members, a
change in political leaning was observed.
The Hindu as a left-leaning independent
In 1987–88 The Hindu's coverage of the Bofors
arms deal scandal, a series of document-backed
exclusives set the terms of the national political
discourse on this subject.
On Mondays Metro Plus Business Review
On Tuesdays Metro Plus Young World Book
On Wednesdays Metro Plus Job Opportunities
On Thursdays Metro Plus Nxg
Science, Engineering, Technology &
On Fridays Friday Features Cinema Plus
On Saturdays Metro Plus Weekend Property
On Sundays Weekly Magazine Downtown
Retail Plus Classifieds Open Page Literary
Review , every first Sunday
A close up view of the entrance to Kasturi
Buildings, the head office of The Hindu
M. Veeraraghavachariar (1878–1904)
S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar (1904–1923)
K. Srinivasan (1923–1959)
G. Narasimhan (1959–1977)
N. Ram (1977–2011)
K. Balaji (2011 – present)
G. Subramania Iyer (1878–1898)
C. Karunakara Menon (1898–1905)
Kasturi Ranga Iyengar (1905–1923)
S. Rangaswami Iyengar (1923–1926)
K. Srinivasan (1926–1928)
A. Rangaswami Iyengar (1928–1934)
K. Srinivasan (1934–1959)
S. Parthasarathy (1959–1965)
G. Kasturi (1965–1991)
N. Ravi (1991–2003)
N. Ram (2003–2012)
Siddharth Varadarajan (2012–present)
Magazine: Published on Sundays
Retail Plus: Published on Sundays
Open Page: Published on Sundays
Literary Review: Published every first Sunday
Classifieds: Published every first Sunday
Downtown: Published on Sundays
Business Review: Published on Mondays
MetroPlus: Published on
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Education Plus: Published on Mondays with an update on Tuesdays
Book Review: Published on Tuesdays
Young World: Published on Tuesdays
Opportunities: Published on Wednesdays
SciTech: Published on Thursdays
NXg: Published on Thursdays
Friday Review: Published on Fridays
Cinema Plus: Published on Sundays
MetroPlus Weekend: Published on Fridays,Saturdays
Events 1997 - 2010: Summary of Events under
National, International, Sport & Obituary
Quest: Newspaper in Education - Published once in a
Life: Feature Published daily Folio: Special feature
with Sunday Magazine once in six weeks
Forever Young - Collector's Edition: Forever
Young is a collector's edition and a treasury
for children of all ages.
The Last 200 days: Diary of events starting on
the 15th of July, 1947 to 30th January, 1948
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