Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper based in Delhi. It is the flagship publication of HT Media, an entity controlled by the KK Birla family, and is owned by Shobhana Bhartia.[2][3][4]

Hindustan Times
First Voice. Last Word.
Front page, 30 August 2020
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)HT Media Ltd
Editor-in-chiefSukumar Ranganathan
Launched1924 (1924)
Headquarters18–20 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001, India
Circulation1,072,966 daily[1] (as of December 2019)
Sister newspapersHindustan Dainik
OCLC number231696742

It was founded by Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal, in Delhi and played integral roles in the Indian independence movement as a nationalist daily.[5][6][7]

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.[8] It is popular in North India, with simultaneous editions from New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi and Chandigarh.

The print location of Nagpur was discontinued from September 1997, and that of Jaipur from June 2006. HT launched a youth daily, HT Next, in 2004. The Kolkata edition was launched in early 2000, and that of Mumbai on 14 July 2005. 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 a children's version like other newspapers. The media group owns a radio channel, Fever 104.0 FM, an education-related company, Studymate, and organises an annual Luxury Conference that 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.


A 1999 stamp dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times was founded in 1924 in Delhi by Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal.[9] 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, for the paper. By that time, the paper was running into financial troubles again; G. D. Birla underwrote some expenses and ultimately assumed ownership.[10]

Devdas Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi, was inducted into the editors' panel, and was later appointed editor.[11] 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 strived to make the paper broader than an Akali sheet. He became the editor and funds flowed freely from 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.[12]

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.[13] 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 2008 to 2016.[14]


Hindustan Times House, New Delhi

The Delhi-based 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 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 female 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, Hindustan Times Telugu[15] and the newspaper Mint.[16]


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.[17]

After the 2016 LoC strike in September, 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.[10] Ghosh left the newspaper abruptly afterwards and The Wire reported that he was asked to leave the newspaper after Shobhana Bhartia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Hindustan Times's general Counsel Dinesh Mittal rejected the report and said Bobby Ghosh left for personal reasons.[18]

In 2017, the Frontline magazine[19] published a report which stated that Hindustan Times' editor Shishir Gupta was colluding with the government after releasing emails to Amit Shah. Hindustan Times rejected claims of collusion and said that the emails were a request for comment.[20] The Indian Express also published a report in 2017 stating that Hindustan Times Limited was linked to an offshore entity called Go4i.com, of which Bhartia and her son Priyavat were listed as directors.[10] Hindustan Times stated that this report contained "certain serious misrepresentations, grave inaccuracies and falsehoods" and added that "HT Ltd. did not, as a matter of fact, have any direct shareholding in Go4i.com".[21]

The Russo-Ukrainian War and Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 have subsequently seen many articles published by the Hindustan Times which show clear support for Russian armed forces. Examples include articles and youtube videos with headlines spreading russian propaganda like "why U.S. Himars can't reach Russian soldiers". War crimes like the bombing of civilian infrastructure in the Ukraine are described with headlines like "Putin's move stuns West and Zelensky" without any distancing from Russian propaganda sources. Some articles, titled in ways that often devalue the Ukrainians while otherwise praising the Russians, represent India's political stance which is predominantly pro-Russian. Western media and other sources have frequently criticized India for refusing to condemn Russia's invasion, as well as being a continued consumer of Russian oil, gas, and other goods despite clear dissatisfaction from the West.


Supplements of Hindustan Times

  • Brishu
  • HT Education
  • HT Estates
  • Shine Jobs
  • HT Live
  • 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, a 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


  1. "Highest Circulated Daily Newspapers (language wise)" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  2. Nominated to Rajya Sabha – NATIONAL. The Hindu. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. "Paradise Papers: Hindustan Times Group set up firm in Bermuda, showed Rs 7 cr loss". The Indian Express. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. Dev, Atul (December 2018). "History repeating at Shobhana Bhartia's Hindustan Times". The Caravan. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  5. 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.
  6. "About Us -". htmedia.in.
  7. Hazarika, Sanjoy (5 March 1995). "Indian Leader Faces a Test at the Polls". The New York Times. India; Maharashtra State (India); Gujarat (India). Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  8. "Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2014" (PDF). Newswatch.in. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  9. "Hindustan Times (HT) bio". Urduyouthforum.org. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  10. Dev, Atul. "History repeating at Shobhana Bhartia's Hindustan Times". The Caravan. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  11. "Shobhana Bhartia wants to benchmark HT with the best in the world". Business Today. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  12. George, T. J. S. (2007). Lessons in Journalism. Viva Books Private Limited. ISBN 978-81-309-0788-8.
  13. Hindustan Times Contempt Case (August–November, 1941). READ BOOKS. 2007. p. 283. ISBN 978-1-4067-6748-3.
  14. Dev, Atul (1 December 2018). "History repeating at Shobhana Bhartia's Hindustan Times". The Caravan. Retrieved 2 December 2021. In 2008, ... next editor hired was Sanjoy Narayan ... he lasted eight years
  15. "Hindustan Times Telugu". Hindustan Times Telugu.
  16. Mehra, Regina Anthony and Priyanka (21 November 2007). "HT Media's net arm buys social networking site Desimartini.com". Livemint. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  17. "India's Most Trusted Brands 2014". Trustadvisory.info. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  18. "Hindustan Times Editor's Exit Preceded by Meeting Between Modi, Newspaper Owner". The Wire. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  19. "Under close watch". Frontline. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  20. "HT's defence of the Frontline story isn't convincing". 6 January 2017.
  21. "The Hindustan Times Ltd explains details of Bermuda company". 17 November 2017.
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