C. Y. Chintamani

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Sir Chirravoori Yajneswara Chinthamani
Born10 April 1880
Died1 July 1941(1941-07-01) (aged 61)
Occupation(s)journalist, politician

Sir Chirravoori Yajneswara Chintamani (10 April 1880 – 1 July 1941) was an Indian editor, journalist, liberal politician and parliamentarian.


He was born on the Telugu New Year's Day (ugadi) at Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.[citation needed] He was called the "Pope of Indian Journalism" by noted Indian statesman Sri V. S. Srinivasa Sastri.[citation needed]

At 18, he became the editor of the newspaper Vizag Spectator.[1] He eventually bought the paper and renamed it Indian Herald[2]. He also worked with Madras Standard under the editorship of G Subramania Iyer.[3]

He was Chief editor of the Allahabad-based, The Leader between 1909 and 1934. His clash with Motilal Nehru, Chairman of the Board of Directors over issue of his freedom as editor, meant that Motilal left within a year, thereafter between 1927 and 1936, Chintamani was not only the Chief Editor of the newspaper, but also the leader of the opposition in the U. P. Legislative Council.[4]

Chintamani was appointed as the Education Minister of the United Provinces of British India as a part of the Dyarchy scheme of the Government of India Act 1919.[5] He was invited as a delegate to the First Round Table Conference at London in 1930-1931.[6]

Mahatma Gandhi and the British administrators and the Indian People were greatly inspired by his editorials. He was knighted in the 1939 Birthday Honours list; his knighthood was formally conferred by George VI on 20 September.[7][8]


  1. ^ "A Colossus Among Journalists by Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B." www.boloji.com. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  2. ^ "A Colossus Among Journalists by Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B." www.boloji.com. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  3. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Article". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ "C. Y. Chintamani (April 10, 1880 — July 1, 1941)". The Tribune. 7 May 2000.
  5. ^ Vidya, Bhagwan Vishnoo& Bhushan (2011). Indian Administration. S. Chand Publishing. ISBN 978-81-219-0402-5.
  6. ^ "Round Table Conferences, 1930-1932 | Making Britain". www.open.ac.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  7. ^ London Gazette, 6 June 1939
  8. ^ London Gazette, 26 September 1939
  • Indian Politics since the Mutiny: C. Y. Chintamani; Rupa and Co, New Delhi.
  • C.Y. Chintamani — The Liberal Editor Politician: Rupa and Co., New Delhi.

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