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The Hindu Group

The Hindu Group

Kasturi & Sons Limited is a media house, known as the Hindu Group, that has origins in pre-independence India. The flagship daily of the company – The Hindu – was launched by G. Subramania Iyer and his friends in the year 1878. Originally launched as a weekly, the newspaper became an evening daily in 1889, before turning into a morning daily newspaper in 1940. In the midst of this, Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, bought The Hindu and the National Press from G Subramania Iyer. KSL or Kasturi and Sons Limited was launched as a Private Limited Company in 1940, and turned a Public Limited Company in 1959. The Company then began to diversify its print publications by starting a weekly sports magazine, Sportstar in 1978. Later, in 1984, Frontline – a current affairs fortnightly was launched. A decade later, Hindu Business Line, a business daily was launched in 1994. Finally, in keeping with the times, the Hindu Internet Edition was launched in 1996. Headquartered in Chennai, the company today is owned and operated by the descendants of Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Private Limited

Business Sectors

Publishing and online media


Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

The Hindu Tamil (Missing Data)

Other Online Outlets (Missing Data)


Media Business


THG Publishing Private Limited (52%)


CCI Sourcing Private Limited (50%)


KSL Media Ventures Limited (52%)

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Kasturi Ranga Iyengar

is the Founder of Kasturi and Sons Limited, a company that he incorporated as a private limited firm in 1940, eventually making it a Public Limited Company in 1959. A lawyer by profession, he became interested in public life during his practicing days in Coimbatore. He bought the newspaper, The Hindu, from G. Subramania Iyer in 1905. He took to the news business with all seriousness and took steps to strengthen the business. As a part of the Indian National Congress – a party that championed the Indian freedom struggle, he supported the freedom movement as part of The Hindu newspaper. In his capacity as the Editor, he managed to exert influence on the British in power, as well as those in the Indian National Congress.


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Kasturi Buildings 859&860, Anna Salai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

India 600002

Tel : +91-44-28524445 and +91-44-28538155

Fax : +91-44-28415325

Email :

Website :


Tax/ ID Number


Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

INR 11735.17 Million. / USD 176.396 Million

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

INR 199.91 Million. / USD 3.005 Million

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Executive Board

N. Ram


Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Most of the information has been collected from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and The Hindu website. There is no clear information on the Management of the company. While N. Ram is identified as the Chairman of the THG Publishing Private Limited, the publishing arm of the Group, it is not clear whether he is also the Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. A communication requesting information about the Company has been sent via email on 29th January 2019 and by courier on the 1st February 2019. There has been no response to this communication.


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