N. Ram at a public function in New Delhi.
|Education||Loyola College, Chennai Presidency College, Chennai Columbia University|
|Occupation||Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited & Publisher of The Hindu (2013 - incumbent)
Managing Director of The Hindu Group (1977-2003)
Editor of Frontline and Sportstar (1991-2003)
Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu Group (2003-2012)
|Known for||Journalism, Newspapering, exposing Bofors scandal (1989)|
|Political party||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|Board member of||The Hindu Group (2012 - present)|
|Children||Vidya Ram (with Susan Ram, first wife)|
|Relatives||N. Murali (brother)
N. Ravi (brother)
Nalini Krishnan (first cousin)
|Awards||Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year (1990)
JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics (2003)
Sri Lanka Rathna Award (2005)
Narasimhan Ram (born May 4, 1945) is an Indian journalist and prominent member of the Kasturi family that controls The Hindu Group of publications. Ram was the Managing-Director of The Hindu since 1977 and its Editor-in-Chief since June 27, 2003 until January 18, 2012. Ram also headed the other publications of The Hindu Group such as Frontline, The Hindu Business Line and Sportstar, and has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and Sri Lanka Ratna by the Government of Sri Lanka. He is referred to as a left-wing editor and known to believe in left/communist ideology.
Subsequent to changes in the Editorial & Business of 'The Hindu' on 21st October 2013, N.Ram has become Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and Publisher of 'The Hindu'.  --nbala 05:43, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Early life and education
Ram was born on May 4, 1945 in Madras, British India. He was the eldest son of G. Narasimhan who served as Managing-Director of The Hindu from 1959 to 1977. Ram is a great-grandson of S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, the patriarch of the Kasturi family.
Ram graduated from Loyola College, Chennai, with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1964, received a master's degree from Presidency College, Chennai, in 1966, and later an M.S. in comparative journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He actively participated in the students politics. He was vice-president of the Students Federation of India (SFI), which is politically linked to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), at the time of its formation in 1970 in Thiruvananthapuram.
Journalism and Career
Beginning his career in The Hindu as an Associate Editor in 1977, Ram was made the Washington Correspondent in 1980. His association with Frontline dates back to 1984, when the magazine was started. N Ram has become famous as a journalist during his writings in exposing Bofors Scandal during the reign of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Prior to his position as the editor-in-chief of the Hindu daily, Ram had served as the Editor of Frontline magazine and Sportstar between 1991 and 2003. Towards the end of a bitter family feud, Ram stepped down as Editor-in-chief and Publisher of The Hindu group on January 19, 2012. In consequence, Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor, The Hindu, succeeded him, with effect from January 19, 2012, as Editor of The Hindu responsible for the selection of news under the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act of 1867. D. Sampathkumar, Editor, Business Line, R. Vijaya Sankar, Editor, Frontline, and Nirmal Shekar, Editor, Sportstar, took over, with effect from January 19, 2012, as Editors responsible for the selection of news under the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act of 1867 in these Group publications. K. Balaji, Managing Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., the public limited company that brings out The Hindu group of publications, succeeded Mr. Ram as Publisher of all the group publications. Subsequent to changes in the Editorial & Business of 'The Hindu' on 21st October 2013, N.Ram has become Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and Publisher of 'The Hindu' and group publications. --nbala 04:14, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Awards and Recognition
Ram's contribution to journalism has been recognized by a number of awards. These include the Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year (1990) Award conferred by the Press Foundation of Asia at the "One Asia Assembly", Bofors Case, the disciplined application of his journalistic idealism and the impact of his revelations on the Indian political scene"; the B.D. Goenka, 1989, shared with Chitra Subramaniam; in the interest of the nation"; and XLRI’s First JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics, awarded at this management institute’s 46th Annual Convocation at Jamshedpur on March 23, 2003. The Highest national honour conferred by Sri Lanka on non - nationals is the "Sri Lanka Rathna" award. Narasimhan Ram the Editor in chief of four Chennai-based publications became the first Indian national to be awarded that honour on Nov 14th 2005.
Ram has been party to a few public familial disputes, including an infamous spat with his uncle G. Kasturi in 1989, when the latter resisted publishing stories of the Bofors scandal, which the former played a significant part in bringing into the public domain in collaboration with Chitra Subramaniam. Ram later fell out with his brothers N. Murali and N. Ravi and cousins Nalini Krishnan, Nirmala Lakshman and Malini Parthasarathy. Ram and his faction, which included seven of the twelve board members of Kasturi and Sons, prevailed after the dispute reached the Supreme Court of India. They then managed to take The Hindu Group through a brief transitional period in 2011-12, by bringing in professional managers and editors to take over certain executive funcitons within the company.
On 25 January 2012, Mr. K.C. Palaniswamy a former AIADMK Member of Parliament registered a complaint against Ram and eight others with the Chennai police, accusing them of a 400 acre land grab scam, worth nearly Rs.300 crores. Ram has filed for anticipatory bail in the case  and was granted the same. In 2012, shortly after Ram was honoured by his alma mater, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Chitra_Subramaniam alleged that he was responsible for compromising the identity of their source on the Bofors story and that she had not received her due as the journalist who broke the story. Ram denied the allegations.
Ram's first wife Susan was an English woman who came to south India as a research student. Like Ram, she was (and remains) an atheist with a Leftist perspective on politics. After their marriage, Susan worked as a teacher, a freelance journalist, an editor for Oxford University Press publications in India and a television presenter. As a husband and wife team, they published the first volume of a biography on R.K.Narayan, the eminent Indian writer. Their daughter, Vidya Ram, became a journalist and graduated at the top of the class at her father's alma mater. She also won a Pulitzer fellowship.  After the divorce from Susan, Ram married Mariam Chandy, who is the founder and Managing Director of TNQ Books and Journals.
- Editorial succession in The Hindu group - The Hindu
- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Monday conferred the "Sri Lanka Ratna" — the island-nation's highest honour for non-nationals — on N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu
- BIG BROTHER FASCINATION - Ramachandra Guha
- The Commissar In His Labyrinth - Tehelka
- Loyola College, Chennai
- Profile of N.Ram
- The Hindu Business Line : Business Ethics award for N. Ram
- "ரூ.300 கோடி மதிப்பு 400 ஏக்கர் நிலம் இந்து ராம், ரமேஷ் அபகரிக்க முயற்சி". Dinakaran. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Ex-ADMK leader files FIR over TN land grab". The Pioneer (newspaper). 29 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "நில ஆவணப் பறிப்பு வழக்கு... இந்து ராம், ரமேஷ் ரங்கராஜன் கோர்ட்டில் சரண்". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- Trehan, Madhu (1 June 2012). "CHITRA: THE STORY BEHIND BOFORS". News Laundry. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Vidya Ram tops class at Columbia University's journalism school". The Hindu. 21 May 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- Pulitzer Fellowship