Punjab Kesari is a Hindi daily newspaper published from many centers in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi in India. It is owned by the Punjab Kesari group also known as The Hind Samachar Ltd. With a readership of 12.23 million readers according to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2017. Punjab Kesari is the seventh most read Hindi language newspaper and the thirteenth most read newspaper across all lanaguages. It was launched in 1965 and established by Lala Jagat Narain. After his assassination, his elder son Romesh Chander had taken over. However, he too was assassinated in 1994.
The management of Punjab Kesari has also established, Shaheed Parivar Fund (martyrs' welfare fund) to provide help to the terrorism-affected families.
Media Companies / Groups
The Hind Samachar Ltd
The Chopra family is the owner of The Hind Samachar Limited, which publishes the daily newspaper, Punjab Kesari (Circulated in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Palampur, Panipat, Hissar and Jammu). Most of the Shares of The Hind Samachar Limited is divided among 4 members of Chopra family: Vijay Kumar Chopra, Managing Director of The Hind Samachar and the head of the family holds 32.67% shares in the company, his wife Swadesh Chopra holds (13.01%) and his sons Avinash Chopra (26.38%) and Amit Chopra (26.37%) shares in the company. The Chopra family is the promoter of the company and holds in collectively 98.43% shares of The Hind Samachar Limited. The remaining shares i.e. 1.55% are divided amongst 144 members (other than promoters). It is important to note here that Ms. Swadesh Chopra, the wife of Vijay Kumar Chopra passed away in 2015. However, as per the MCA records of shareholding pattern (FY 2015-2016), she still holds 13.01% shares. No information is available regarding the transfer of shares to any member of the family.
Group / Individual Owner
The remaining shares of 1.55% is divided amongst 144 individuals and companies who are not related to the promoters.
Affiliated Interests Founder
was the founder of Hind Samachar Limited. He was born in Gujranwala District, which is now part of Pakistan. He graduated from Lahore in 1919 and soon after joined the law college. In 1920, he left his studies to join the non-cooperation movement, called by Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian freedom struggle. He was jailed for two and a half years and was assisting Lala Lajpat Rai in jail. In 1942 he became the editor of Akashvani, a weekly hindi newspaper.
He participated in the Satyagraha (passive resistance) movement and was in and out of jail on various occasions. Both his wife and son were also arrested during the Quit India Movement, a part of the Indian freedom struggle. He was assassinated in 1981. His elder son Romesh Chander too was assassinated by Khalistani terrorists in Punjab in 1994.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
is a son of Lala Jagat Narain, the founder of Punjab Kesari. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of The Hind Samachar Limited.He graduated from Doaba College, Jalandhar in 1955. Additionally, he is trained in printing technology in Germany and later joined The Thompson Foundation Newspaper Management in the United Kingdom.
He is actively involved in social work and is also the recipient of the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest Indian Civilian Award for Literature & Education in 1990. He was elected as the Chairman of the Press Trust of India in 2009.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
for more information see above.
Affiliated Interests other important people
is the nephew of Vijay Kumar Chopra and the son of Romesh Chander and functions as the Resident Editor of Punjab Kesari. He got elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Karnal as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is actively involved in politics. Ashwini Kumar Chopra has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and thereafter worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for about 6 months and later at the Times Group aspublisher of The Times of India, in Delhi.
The Hind Samachar Limited
Civil Lines, Jalandhar
Jalandhar, Punjab, 144001
Tel: (0181) 2280104
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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The sources of the data are online published articles as The Hind Samachar does not have a corporate website. The data related to shareholding pattern was taken from the filings available in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website. The MOM team had sent an email on the 23rd January 2019 followed by a letter on the 1st February 2019 to Punjab Kesari to confirm the data given in the document. There has been no response from the Company yet.