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The Statesman
The Statesman
is an Indian English-language broadsheet daily newspaper founded in 1875 and published simultaneously in Kolkata, New Delhi, Siliguri
and Bhubaneswar. It incorporates and is directly descended from The Friend of India, founded in 1818. It is owned by The Statesman Ltd and headquartered at Statesman House, Chowringhee Square, Kolkata, with its national editorial office at Statesman House, Connaught Place, New Delhi. It is a member of the Asia News Network. The Statesman
The Statesman
has an average weekday circulation of approximately 180,000, and the Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000. This ranks it as one of the leading English newspapers in West Bengal, India.[2]


1 History 2 Editorial style 3 Supplements 4 Key editorial personnel 5 Editorial incident 6 Rally sponsorship 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

History[edit] The Statesman
The Statesman
is a direct descendant of two newspapers, The Englishman and The Friend of India, both published in Calcutta
(now Kolkata). The Englishman was started by Robert Knight, who was previously the principal founder and editor of The Times of India. Knight founded The Statesman and New Friend of India
on 15 January 1875, which later adopted the current name. The Statesman
The Statesman
was managed by a British corporate group until it transferred ownership to a consortium of companies with N A Palkhivala as Chairman in the mid-1960s. The first editor assigned under this new ownership was Pran Chopra. Editorial style[edit]

Statesman House, Kolkata

The Statesman
The Statesman
is characterized by its terse reporting style. It holds an independent anti-establishment position. It opposed the shifting of India's capital from Calcutta
to New Delhi
New Delhi
in 1911, stating that "[t]he British have gone to the city of graveyards to be buried there". It also strenuously opposed Indira Gandhi's Emergency in 1975-77. Under the editor Ian Stephens (who was editor from 1942 to 1951), the newspaper published highly disturbing images, on 22 and 29 August 1943, of the effects of the Bengal famine of 1943, despite the British colonial government's attempts at censorship.[3] The images played a major role in changing world opinion on imperialism. The Statesman
The Statesman
Award for Rural Reporting is presented to outstanding journalists every year, irrespective of affiliation, to further the social uplifting of indigents from India. The awards are presented on 16 September every year, the death anniversary of Justice Sudhi Ranjan Das, former Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court and chairman of The Statesman during the tumultuous Emergency years. Once the most widely read English dailies in West Bengal, The Statesman has now lost some ground to The Telegraph, The Times of India
and Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times
in the state. But it is widely regarded as the paper to read for serious news reportage, incisive analytical articles and usage of standard English language. The Statesman
The Statesman
is a founding member of the Asia News Network, a grouping of 22 Asian newspapers that have joined hands for a daily news exchange. This allows The Statesman
The Statesman
to offer exhaustive coverage of all Asian regions. Supplements[edit]

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Statesman House, New Delhi

The Statesman
The Statesman
carries a Thursday feature supplement called "Section 2" which is published from New Delhi. The four-page supplement provides in-depth analysis on art, dance, literature, drama, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment. In Kolkata, the supplement "Voices" focuses on schools and schoolchildren. It started in 1995, providing the opportunity for school children to showcase their writing skills with research articles, poems and short news clips. Among other activities every year, "Voices" hosts a 2-day long festival called "Vibes" in Calcutta, which showcases inter-school competitions in different fields, as well as shows by musicians and bands. The Sunday supplement, "8th Day", is the major literary section of the paper, consisting of reader-contributed short stories and poems while the other Sunday supplement, "Evolve", mainly deals with the cultural scene in India. "Marquee", published every Saturday, covers the film and entertainment scene. Supplement of Dainik Statesman - every Saturday publishes Binodan where the news of art, culture, music, entertainment, food, fashion, lifestyle related articles are available . Every Sunday publishes Bichitra where the Sunday special articles, short stories, travel, children special issues are available. Key editorial personnel[edit] Ravindra Kumar is Editor of The Statesman. Usha Mahadevan is Resident Editor of The Statesman, Delhi. K. Ravi is Resident Editor of The Statesman, Bhubaneswar. Sister Edition Dainik Statesman, a daily Bengali newspaper, was launched in June 2004 and is published simultaneously in Kolkata
and Siliguri.Editor of Dainik Statesman is Sekh Sadar Naim. Editorial incident[edit]

Vintage car rally, April 2016

In February 2009, editor Ravindra Kumar and former publisher Anand Sinha of The Statesman
The Statesman
were arrested on the charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims.[4] BBC reported that the Muslims were upset with The Statesman
The Statesman
for reproducing Johann Hari's article "Why should I respect these oppressive religions?" from the UK's The Independent daily in its February edition.[5] Rally sponsorship[edit] The Statesman
The Statesman
Vintage & Classic Car Rally has been held annually since 1964. See also[edit]

Dainik Statesman Indian English List of newspapers in India
by circulation List of newspapers in the world by circulation


^ "World Newspapers and Magazines". Worldpress.org. Retrieved 30 December 2006.  ^ About Statesman. Subir Bhaumik. ^ Mukherjee, Janam (2015). Hungry Bengal: War, Famine
and the End of Empire. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 125–126.  ^ Pair held for 'offending Islam' BBC News. Subir Bhaumik. ^ The editor and publisher of a major Indian newspaper.. The Independent

Further reading[edit]

Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 294–97

External links[edit]

Official site of The Statesman The Statesman
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and Bartaman
Combination Rates Indian Newspapers and Magazines Online from worldpress.org

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