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Dinamalar, a Tamil newspaper, with a readership of 11.65 million, is the third most read Tamil newspaper and ninth most read regional newspaper according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) of 2017. The paper was founded in 1951 by freedom fighter, T. V. Ramasubbaiyer, in Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala. Today his sons, and grandsons run the newspaper. According to the newspaper website, the paper does not align itself to any political party or religion. The paper also has a Sunday edition which comes with a pitch “Sunday na rendu”, meaning “If it is Sunday, it is twice” in Tamil. The paper also publishes various weekly supplements for specific readers including women, students, doctors and homemakers.

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Dinamalar is published by Professional Publication Private Limited. Shares of Professional Publication Private Limited are divided among Dr. R. Lakshmipathy and family. Among the shareholders Dr. R. Lakshmipathy owns 52% share of the company, his son’s Mr. L. Adimoolam and Mr. Ramasubbu Lakshmipathy own 14% share each in the company. The remaining 20% shares are owned by other members of the family: Mrs. S. Lakshmi 14% share and K. Sankaran 6%.

Hence the Dr. R Lakshmipathy and family owns 100% share of Professional Publication Private Limited and through this company controls Dinamalar.

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T.V. Ramasubbaiyer

the founder of Dinamalar, was a freedom fighter, philosopher and a journalist. He launched Dinamalar in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala in the year 1951. He subsequently launched editions of the newspaper from the cities in Tamil Nadu including Tirunelveli in 1951, Trichy in 1966, Chennai in 1979, Madurai in 1980, Erode in 1984, Puducherry in 1991, Coimbatore in 1992, Vellore in 1993, Nagercoil in 1996, and Salem in 2000. Ramasubbaiyer was not aligned to any party or ideology and stayed clear of political or religious affiliation for the newspaper. Ramasubbaiyer died in the year 1984 after which his son, Lakshmipathy took over the newspaper.

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Dinamalar, No. 39, Whites Road,

Chennai – 600 014.

Tel.: +91 44 285 40001-09




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