Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper founded in 1924 with roots in the Indian independence movement of the period ("Hindustan" being a historical name for India).[2] Hindustan Times was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and known for supporting the Congress party.[3][4] The newspaper is owned by Congress Rajya Sabha M.P. Shobhana Bhartia.[5][6][7][8][9] It is the flagship publication of HT Media, an entity controlled by the KK Birla family.[10]

Hindustan Times
28 March 2010 front page of
Hindustan Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)HT Media Ltd
Editor-in-chiefSukumar Ranganathan
Launched1924 (1924)
Headquarters18–20 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001, India
Circulation945,221 daily[1] (as of January–June 2019)
Sister newspapersHindustan Dainik
OCLC number231696742

Hindustan Times is one of the largest newspapers in India, by circulation. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it has a circulation of 993,645 copies as of November 2017.[1] The Indian Readership Survey 2014 revealed that HT is the second most widely read English newspaper in India after The Times of India.[11] It is popular in North India, with simultaneous editions from New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi and Chandigarh.

The print location of Jaipur was discontinued from June 2006 and that of Nagpur edition was discontinued from September 1997. HT launched a youth daily, HT Next, in 2004. The Mumbai edition was launched on 14 July 2005 and the Kolkata edition was launched in early 2000. In The Brand Trust Report 2012, Hindustan Times was ranked 291st among India's most trusted brands and subsequently, according to the Brand Trust Report 2013, Hindustan Times was ranked 434th among India's most trusted brands. In 2014 however, Hindustan Times was ranked 360th among India's most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory, a brand analytics company.[12] Other sister publications of Hindustan Times are Mint (English business daily), Hindustan (Hindi Daily), Nandan (monthly children's magazine) and Kadambani (monthly literary magazine). It also has Children's version like other newspapers. The media group owns a radio channel, Fever 104.0 FM and also have education related company called Studymate and organises an annual Luxury Conference which has featured speakers like designer Diane von Fürstenberg, shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Gucci CEO Robert Polet and Cartier MD Patrick Normand. Hindustan Times is owned by the KK Birla branch of the Birla family.


Hindustan Times was founded in 1924 by Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab Province.[13] S Mangal Singh Gill (Tesildar) and S. Chanchal Singh (Jandiala, Jalandhar) were made in charge of the newspaper. Madan Mohan Malaviya and Tara Singh were among the members of the Managing Committee. The Managing Chairman and Chief Patron was Master Sunder Singh Lyallpuri.

According to Prem Shankar Jha who wrote an official history of the newspaper in 1999, most of the early funding of the paper therefore came from Sikhs in Canada. When financial troubles started in the early years, the Akalis approached two interested potential buyers from the nationalist movement. These were Motilal Nehru and Madan Mohan Malaviya, and ultimately Malviya bought the Hindustan Times. In fact, Malviya had to take out a loan of Rs. 40,000 with the help of Lala Lajpat Rai in order to finance the paper. In 1928, Gandhi chose a new editor, K.M Panikkar. By that time, the paper was running into financial troubles again and G.D Birla underwrote some expenses and ultimately assumed ownership.[14]

K. M. Panikkar was the person of behaviour; Devdas Gandhi (son of Mahatma Gandhi) on the editor's panel, and later editor.[15] The opening ceremony was performed by Mahatma Gandhi on 26 September 1924. The first issue was published from Naya Bazar, Delhi (now Swami Sharda Nand Marg). It contained writings and articles from C. F. Andrews and Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy, among others.

K. M. Panikkar also known as Sardar Panikkar launched the Hindustan Times as a serious nationalist newspaper. As an Oxonian, historian, and litterateur, Panikkar must have hoped to make his paper eventually more than an Akali sheet. He became the editor and funds flowed freely from activist Akali patrons. He exerted himself strenuously, but the paper made very little headway. In two years Panikkar could not take the print order any higher than 3,000. By then the Akali movement appeared to lose steam and funds dried up. The paper was saved from an untimely demise when Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya stepped in to realise his vision of a newspaper in Delhi.[16]

It has its roots in the Indian independence movement of the first half of the twentieth century and even faced the noted "Hindustan Times Contempt Case (August–November, 1941)" at Allahabad High Court.[17] It was edited at times by many important people in India, including Devdas Gandhi, Sri Mulgaonkar, B.G.Verghese and Khushwant Singh. Sanjoy Narayan was editor in chief of the paper from August 2008 till July 2016.[18]


The Delhi-based English daily Hindustan Times is part of the KK Birla group and managed by Shobhana Bhartia, Rajya Sabha member of Congress party and daughter of the industrialist Krishna Kumar Birla and granddaughter of Ghanshyam Das Birla. HT Media[19] Limited is a subsidiary of The Hindustan Times Limited which is a subsidiary of Earthstone Holding (Two) Limited. The KK Birla group owns a 69 percent stake in HT Media, currently valued at 834 crore. When Shobhana Bhartia joined Hindustan Times in 1986, she was the first woman chief executive of a national newspaper. Shobhana has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP from Congress Party.

Along with Hindustan Times, HT Media owns Desimartini, Fever 104 FM, and the Mint newspaper.


Former Executive Editor Shishir Gupta left the newspaper after Frontline [20] reported about his emails to Amit Shah and Mr Shah's Officer on Special Duty. The Frontline story detailed how the Prime Minister's Office was taking extraordinary interest in the Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

After the "surgical strikes" had happened in September 2016, Shobhna Bhartia reportedly had started getting calls from the PM’s office and from Amit Shah, and attention came to be focused on the Hate Tracker, a crowd-sourced database on the Hindustan Times website that recorded hate crimes in India which was launched under recently appointed editor Bobby Ghosh.[21] He left the newspaper abruptly and The Wire reports [22] that he was asked to leave the newspaper after Shobhana Bhartia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.

The Indian Express published a report in 2017 which leaked documents which stated that Hindustan Times Limited was linked to an offshore entity called Go4i.com, of which Bhartiya and Priyavat were listed as directors. Hindustan Times had listed this entity as a subsidiary in 2003–2004 financial year, and not in the years after that. Hindustan Times Limited responded to the report by denying any wrongdoing.[23]


  • B'rishu
  • HT Education
  • HT Estates
  • Shine Jobs
  • HT Livebhopal
  • ht48hours[24]
  • HT Cafe


  • D. K. Issar: former Chief Reporter, wrote on crime, politics and terrorism
  • Barkha Dutt: Journalist and NDTV Group editor. Writes a fortnightly column.
  • Karan Thapar: President of Infotainment Television, television commentator and interviewer, weekly columnist ("Sunday Sentiments")
  • Manas Chakravarty: Capital market analyst for Mint. Writes weekly column "Loose Canon" on Sundays'.
  • Poonam Saxena: Editor of Brunch, the Hindustan Times Sunday magazine. She does a weekly TV review column, "Small Screen".
  • Indrajit Hazra: A novelist and a senior editor at Hindustan Times, Hazra writes the weekly column "Red Herring".
  • Sonal Kalra: An author and editor of HT City, the daily entertainment and lifestyle supplement of Hindustan Times, Writes the weekly column "A Calmer You".
  • Samar Halarnkar: Editor-at-large, writes on a variety of issues and also runs a food blog on the Hindustan Times website.

See also


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  3. Gyanendra Pandey (22 November 2001). Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India. Cambridge University Press. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-0-521-00250-9. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
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  16. George, T. J. S. (2007). Lessons In Journalism. Viva Books Private Limited. ISBN 978-81-309-0788-8.
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  19. Sports News
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  24. ht48hours
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