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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
Circulation 1,167,189 Daily[1] (as of Jul - Dec 2015)
Website Dinakaran website

Dinakaran is a Tamil daily newspaper distributed in India. It was founded by K. P. Kandasamy in 1977 and is currently owned by media conglomerate Sun Network.[2]Dinakaran is the second largest circulated Tamil daily in India after Dina Thanthi.[3][4][5] It is printed in 12 cities across India.

Dinakaran was founded in 1977 by K. P. Kandasamy after he split from Dina Thanthi owned by his father-in-law S. P. Adithanar during the split of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.[6] In 2005, the newspaper was acquired from K. P. K. Kumaran by Kalanithi Maran's Sun Network.[2]

Dinakaran is published from 12 cities in India namely Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagercoil, Pondicherry, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli and Vellore. As of 2014, the newspaper has a circulation of 1,215,583.[3]

In May 2006, Dinakaran published the results of a series of opinion polls which showed politician M. K. Stalin having a greater approval rate than his elder brother M. K. Azhagiri to succeed Karunanidhi as the chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. As a result, the Dinakaran office at Madurai was fire bombed killing three employees.[7] This led to the resignation of Central Minister Dayanidhi Maran, brother of Kalanidhi Maran from the Union Cabinet.[8]


  1. ^ "Submission of circulation figures for the audit period July - December 2015" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Sun acquires Dinakaran newspaper". rediff.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Details of most circulated publications for the audit period Jul-Dec 2014" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Judy Franko (13 March 2010). "Tamil daily Dinakaran takes over the lead". exchange4media.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "India's 15 most-read newspapers". rediff.com. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Jeffrey, Robin (24 March 2000). India's newspaper revolution. C. Hurst & Co. p. 79,80,114,135. ISBN 978-1-85065-383-7. 
  7. ^ "TN: 2 killed as Dinakaran office set afire". Rediff. 9 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "DMK kicks out Dayanidhi, brings in Raja as Minister". CNN-IBN. 15 May 2007.