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The Statesman
The Statesman
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The Statesman Ltd.
Publisher The Statesman Ltd.
Editor Ravindra Kumar
Founded 1811, 1875
Political alignment Centrist[1]
Language English
Headquarters 4 Chowringhee Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
Circulation 180,000 Daily
230,000 Sunday
Sister newspapers Dainik Statesman
Official website Thestatesman.net

The Statesman is an Indian English-language broadsheet daily newspaper founded in 1875 and published simultaneously in Kolkata, New Delhi, Siliguri and Bhubaneswar. The Statesman is owned by The Statesman Ltd., its headquarters at Statesman House, Chowringhee Square, Calcutta and its national editorial offices in Statesman House, Connaught Place, New Delhi. It is a member of the Asia News Network.

The Statesman (average weekday circulation is approximately 180,000 and the Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000). This ranks the Statesman as one of the leading English newspapers in West Bengal, India.[2]

Contents

History

It was incorporated and directly descended from two newspapers: The Englishman and The Friend of India, both published from Kolkata. The Englishman was started in 1811. An Englishman named Robert Knight  founded the new newspaper with a name of The Statesman and New Friend of India on 15 January 1875. Soon after, the name was shortened to the present The Statesman. During the British era, it was British run and managed, but after independence, control passed to Indians.

In February 2009, the editor (Ravindra Kumar) and publisher (Anand Sinha) of The Statesman were arrested on charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims.[3] BBC reported that the Muslims were upset with the Statesman for reproducing Johann Hari's article "Why should I respect these oppressive religions?" from the UK's The Independent daily in its 5 February edition. [4]

Character

It is known for its vehement anti-establishment stance. It opposed the shifting of India's capital from Calcutta to New Delhi in 1911 in the following terms: "The British have gone to the city of graveyards to be buried there".

It strenuously opposed Indira Gandhi's Emergency in 1975-77.

The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting is presented to outstanding journalists every year, irrespective of affiliation, for furthering the social uplifting of Indian indigents. 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.

The newspaper is characterised by its terse reporting style.

From once being the most widely read English daily in West Bengal, the Statesman has lost ground to The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Telegraph (Kolkata edition) in the states.

Supplements

Notable among all of the daily supplements of The Statesman is the Thursday supplement called Voices, focussing on schools and schoolchildren. Voices has gained enormous popularity since its inception in 1995. It gives the opportunity to school children to showcase their writing skills with research articles, poems and short news clips.

Voices boasts of a large number of "Coordinators", or school reporters who form the basic framework of Voices and the conduit between The Statesman and school children. Among other activities every year, Voices hosts the 2-day long festival called "Vibes" in Calcutta, which showcases inter-school competitions in different fields and also shows by popular musicians and bands.

The Sunday supplement,8th Day, is the major literary section of the paper, consisting of the reader-contributed 'Short story' and 'Stanza'(poem) while the other Sunday Supplement, Evolve, mainly deals with the cultural scene in Bengal, specially Kolkata.

Marquee, published every Saturday, covers the film and entertainment news.

The Statesman and Bartaman (a Bengali newspaper) has combined to cater newspaper in a yearly and half yearly subscription at cheaper cost.[5]

Key Editorial Personnel

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 Publication

Dainik Statesman, a daily Bengali newspaper, was launched in June 2004 and is published simultaneously from Kolkata and Siliguri.

See also

References

External links

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Simple English

The Statesman is a English language newspaper published in India. It is published simultaneously from Kolkata, New Delhi, Siliguri and Bhubaneshwar.

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