The Indian Express

Daily broadsheet newspaper in India

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The Indian Express is an English-language Indian daily newspaper founded in 1932 by Ramnath Goenka with an investment by capitalist partner Raja Mohan Prasad. The company is held in a trust by current legal heirs for Prasad's family as per the trust deed given by Goenka to Prasad. It is published in Mumbai by the Indian Express Group. In 1999, eight years after Goenka's death in 1991,[2] the group was split between the family members. The southern editions took the name The New Indian Express, while the northern editions, based in Mumbai, retained the original Indian Express name with The prefixed to the title.[3]


In 1932, the Indian Express was started by an Ayurvedic doctor, P. Varadarajulu Naidu, at Chennai, being published by his Tamil Nadu press.[citation needed] Soon under financial difficulties, he sold the newspaper to Swaminathan Sadanand, the founder of The Free Press Journal, a national news agency.[citation needed] In 1933, the Indian Express opened its second office in Madurai, launching the Tamil edition, Dinamani. Sadanand introduced several innovations and reduced the price of the newspaper. Faced with financial difficulties, he sold a part of his stake to Goenka as convertible debentures. In 1935, when The Free Press Journal finally collapsed, and after a protracted court battle with Goenka, Sadanand lost ownership of Indian Express.[4] In 1939, Goenka bought Andhra Prabha, another prominent Telugu daily newspaper. The name Three Musketeers was often used for the three dailies, namely Indian Express, Dinamani and Andhra Prabha.

In 1940, the whole premises was gutted by fire. The Hindu, a rival newspaper, helped considerably in re-launching the paper, by getting it printed temporarily at one of its Swadesimithran's press and later offered its recently vacated premises at 2 Mount Road, on rent to Goenka, which later became the landmark Express Estates.[5] This relocation also helped the Express obtain better high speed printing machines. The district judge who led the inquiry into the fire concluded that a short circuit or cigarette butt could have ignited the fire and said that the growing city had inadequate fire control support.[5] In 1952, the paper had a circulation of 44,469.[6]

After Goenka's death in 1991, two of his grandsons, Manoj Kumar Sonthalia and Viveck Goenka[7] split the group into two. Indian Express Mumbai with all the North Indian editions went to Viveck Goenka, and all the Southern editions, which were grouped as Express Publications Madurai Limited and headquartered in Chennai, went to Sonthalia.[8][9] Indian Express began publishing daily on the internet on 8 July 1996. Five months later, the website attracted "700,000 hits every day, excepting weekends when it fell to 60% of its normal levels".[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Express Group Editorial". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Ramnath Goenka". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  3. ^ Katiyar, Arun (31 March 1995). "Rs 220 crore Indian Express group of late media baron Ramnath Goenka splits". India Today. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  4. ^ Kaminsky, Arnold (30 September 2011). India Today- an encyclopedia of life in the republic. Abc-Clio. p. 340. ISBN 9780313374623. Archived from the original on 29 June 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b "1940 – The year of Fires". Madras Minutes. 6 November 2017. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2020.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ Mani, A. D. (2 July 1952). "The Indian Press Today". Far Eastern Survey. 21 (11). Institute of Pacific Relations: 109–113. doi:10.2307/3023864. ISSN 0362-8949. JSTOR 3023864. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Express Group". Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  8. ^ "Manoj Kumar Sonthalia vs Vivek Goenka And Ors. on 9 March, 1995". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Manoj Kumar Sonthalia v Vivek Goenka and Others on 09 March 1995 - Judgement - LawyerServices". Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Indian Express - Awards". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 15 April 1997. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

External links

  • The Indian Express website
  • The Indian Express on X
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