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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Sun Network
Founder(s) K. P. Kandasamy
Founded 1977 (1977)
Language Tamil
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Website Dinakaran website

Dinakaran is a Tamil daily newspaper distributed in India. As of March 2010, Dinakaran had the largest net paid circulation of all Tamil daily newspapers, a total of 1,235,220.[1] Its total readership of 16,741,000 as of May 2010, was the second largest.[2] Dinakaran is published from 12 centres in India namely Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem, Nagercoil, Vellore, Nellai and Pondicherry.


Dinakaran was founded in 1977 by K. P. Kandasamy in support of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) when his father-in-law, S. P. Adithanar, chose to support Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam during its split from DMK.[3] In 2005, Dinakaran was acquired from his son K. P. K. Kumaran by Kalanithi Maran's Sun Network.[4] After,the acquisition, Dinakaran was headed by RMR Ramesh[5] and was made the largest selling Tamil daily for 2–3 years in a row.In 2006 May, Dinakaran published the results of a series of opinion polls which showed politician M. K. Stalin having more approval than his elder brother M. K. Azhagiri. The Madurai office of Dinakaran was fire bombed and three employees were killed.[6] This led to the resignation of Central Minister Dayanidhi Maran, brother of Kalanidhi Maran from the Union Cabinet.[7]


  1. ^ Judy Franko (13 March 2010). "Tamil daily Dinakaran takes over the lead from Daily Thanthi again". exchange4media.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Rediff Business Desk (5 May 2010). "India's 15 most-read newspapers - Rediff.com Business". rediff.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Jeffrey, Robin (24 March 2000). India's newspaper revolution. C. Hurst & Co. p. 79,80,114,135. ISBN 978-1-85065-383-7. 
  4. ^ "Sun acquires Dinakaran newspapers". rediff.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  5. ^ http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=139649085&privcapId=140630900&previousCapId=140630900&previousTitle=Dinakaran
  6. ^ "TN: 2 killed as Dinakaran office set afire". Rediff. 9 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "DMK kicks out Dayanidhi, brings in Raja as Minister". CNN-IBN. 15 May 2007.