Punjab Kesari

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Punjab Kesari header with the photos of late founders Lala Jagat Narain and Romesh Chander

Punjab Kesari Group is a Hindi-language newspaper published from many centres in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi in India. It is owned by the Punjab Kesari group (The Hindsamachar Ltd.). It is one of the four newspapers started by the group; the other two are Hind Samachar in Urdu and Jagbani in Punjabi languages and Navodaya Times in Hindi languages from Delhi ( NCR ).

The newspaper was established by Lala Jagat Narain and later on his elder son Romesh Chander took over the reins. However, during the days of terrorism in Punjab, both were assassinated, in 1981 and 1984 respectively.[1]
During those days of terrorism, Punjab Kesari worked as the newspaper of masses with its news and editorials. From then onward in a bid to provide direct and regular help to the families of terrorism-affected people, the management also established Shaheed Parivar Fund for the cause.[2]

1974 : During The Emergency (India), undeclared censorship on press, when the power supply was discontinued, the newspaper was printed by the alternative arrangements with tractors on diesel

Publication Centres[edit]

The newspaper has a daily circulation of approximate 11,71,000 copies which are printed from Jalandhar (since 1965),[3] Delhi (1983),[4] Ambala Cantt (1991), Palampur (2004), Ludhiana (2004), Jaipur (2006), Panipat (2006), Hisar (2006), Jammu (2007), Mohali (2008), Chandigarh (2009) and Shimla (2009).

1984-92 : During the terrorism in Punjab, due to the continues threats and attack on media staff, the production, printing and distribution, every process was under strict police protection

Prominent Columnists[edit]

Khushwant Singh Shekhar Gurera (Cartoonist) [5]
Kuldip Nayar Poonam I Kaushik [6]
Shanta Kumar Vineet Narain[7]
Virendra Kapur [8] B G Verghese [9]
Balbir Punj Mahmood Shaam
Karan Thapar Kalyani Shankar [10]
Manmohan Sharma Neera Chopra
Menaka Gandhi Chandermohan
Chander Trikha Nerja Chaudhry



  1. ^ NT-Oct22,2013 The Struggle
  2. ^ 108th Shaheed Parivar Fund
  3. ^ Jalandhar Edition PunjabKesari.in
  4. ^ Delhi Edition PunjabKesari.com
  5. ^ Daily Page 2 : Shekhar Gurera's Pocket Cartoon Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  6. ^ Tuesday Weekly Editorial : Poonam I Kaushik Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  7. ^ Monday Weekly Editorial : Vineet Narain Punjab Kesari 15/09/2014
  8. ^ Sunday Weekly Editorial : Virendra Kapur Punjab Kesari 14/09/2014
  9. ^ Tuesday Weekly Editorial : B G Verghese Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  10. ^ Friday Weekly Editorial : Kalyani Shankar Punjab Kesari 15/09/2014
  11. ^ Social Media, Jalandhar PKJ online
  12. ^ Social Media, Delhi PKD online