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N. Ram at a public function in New Delhi
|Born||4 May 1945|
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Education||Loyola College, Chennai|
Presidency College, Chennai
|Occupation||Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. & 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)|
|Board member of||The Hindu Group (2012 – present)|
|Relatives||N. Murali (brother) |
N. Ravi (brother)
|Awards||Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award (2018) Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year (1990) |
JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics (2003)
Sri Lanka Rathna Award (2005)
Narasimhan Ram also known as N. Ram (born 6 May 1945) is an Indian journalist and a 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 27 June 2003 until 18 January 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.
Subsequent to changes in the Editorial & Business of 'The Hindu' on 21 October 2013, N.Ram has become Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and Publisher of 'The Hindu'.
Early life and education
Ram was born on 4 May 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 the news magazine 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 former Prime Minister of India 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 19 January 2012. In consequence, Siddharth Varadarajan, editor, The Hindu, succeeded him, with effect from 19 January 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 19 January 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 21 October 2013, N.Ram has become Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and Publisher of 'The Hindu' and group publications.
Awards and recognition
Ram's contribution to journalism has been recognised 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 the institute's 46th Annual Convocation at Jamshedpur on 23 March 2003. The Highest national honour conferred by Sri Lanka on non – nationals is the Sri Lanka Rathna award. N Ram the Editor in chief of four Chennai-based publications became the first Indian national to be awarded that honour on 14 November 2005.
N. Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award, presented by the Press Council of India (PCI), for his outstanding contribution towards journalism, the Councils announced on 5 November 2018. The award will be presented on 16 November on the occasion of the National Press Day.
Ram has been party to a few public family 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.
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. 3 billion. 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 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.
Ram and Susan's 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, was an intern at The New York Times, a reporter at Forbes and is the European Correspondent at Business Line. 
After the divorce from Susan, Ram married Mariam Chandy, a Malayali Christian. It was Mariam's second marriage as well. Mariam comes from a prosperous family that owned the now defunct Travancore National and Quilon Bank, liquidated in 1938. Has worked in advertising agencies, HTA and O&M. Mariam Ram is presently the managing director of TNQ Books and Journals, that she founded in Chennai in 1998. The company does editing, pagination and design for scientific, technical and medical publishers of the US, the UK and the European Union. As of 2008, the company had an annual turnover of Rs 50 crores and employs 1200 staff.
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- Loyola College, Chennai
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- 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.
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- "நில ஆவணப் பறிப்பு வழக்கு... இந்து ராம், ரமேஷ் ரங்கராஜன் கோர்ட்டில் சரண்". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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- Pulitzer Fellowship