S. Sadanand

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Swaminathan Sadanand (1900-1953) was an Indian journalist. He was founder editor of the English-language The Free Press Journal in 1930. According to A. R. Desai, The Free Press Journal was a strong supporter of the Indian National Congress's "demand and struggle for independence" from Great Britain.[1] He never went to college and was a self-taught journalist. J. K. Singh calls him a great journalist but a poor business manager and a "sad failure".[2] Rangaswami Parthasarathy calls him an able editor, an innovator and a fearless patriot.[3] In 1927 he started the Free Press of India Agency,[4] which was the first news agency owned and managed by Indians.[5] Sadanand was one of the seven initial shareholders of the Press Trust of India[6] He bought The Indian Express, (Chennai), from Congressman Varadarajulu Naidu, who had founded it in 1934. The closure of The Free Press Journal caused The Indian Express to pass into the control of Ramnath Goenka.[7]


  1. ^ Desai, A. R. (2005) [1948]. Social Background Of Indian Nationalism (6th ed.). Popular Prakashan. p. 213. ISBN 978-81-7154-667-1. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Singh, J. K. (2007). Media And Journalism. APH Publishing. pp. 3, 5. ISBN 978-81-313-0062-6. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Parthasarathy, Rangaswami (1989). Journalism in India: from the earliest times to the present day. Sterling Publishers. p. 293. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News agencies from pigeon to internet. Sterling Publishers. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-932705-67-6. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ Kumar, Ravinder (December 1993). Selected works of Motilal Nehru 5. Vikas. p. 274. ISBN 978-0-7069-6379-3. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News agencies from pigeon to internet. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp. 69–70. ISBN 978-1-932705-67-6. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Kaminsky, Arnold P. (2011). India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. ABC-CLIO. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-313-37463-0. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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