Ramesh Chandra Agarwal

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Ramesh Chandra Agarwal
Ramesh Chandra Agarwal.jpg
Born (1944-11-30)30 November 1944
Jhansi India[1]
Died 12 April 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 73)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Chairman of D B Corp Ltd.
Children Sudhir Agarwal
Girish Agarwal
Pawan Agarwal
Bhawna Agarwal [2]
Website Ramesh Chandra Agarwal [8][3]

Ramesh Chandra Agarwal (30 November 1944 – 12 April 2017) was a media proprietor and founder-chairman of the Dainik Bhaskar group of newspapers[4] that has a presence in 14 states of India with 62 editions and has an estimated readership of over 15 million. He started Dainik Bhaskar newspaper at Bhopal in 1958. In 1983 he launched the Indore edition and in 1996 it was produced in Rajasthan. He was on the board of D.B. Corp Limited from its inception.

Early life and education[edit]

Ramesh Chandra Agarwal was born on 30 November 1944 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh and was the son of Seth Dwarka Prasad Agarwal, who ran a book business in Jhansi. In 1956 he came to Bhopal with his father and laid the foundation of Dainik Bhaskar in 1958. He held a post-graduate degree (Master’s in Arts) in Political Science from Bhopal University, Bhopal.[citation needed]


Agarwal was engaged in the running of the Dainik Bhaskar organization for over four decades. Daily News and Analysis (DNA), with Subhash Chandra of the Essel Group, was his first step into English-language publications and DB Post was his second.[5]

He was also the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry - Madhya Pradesh. He had been awarded the Rajeev Gandhi Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. He was awarded within 50 most powerful Business houses by India Today Magazine in 2003, 2006 and 2007 [6]

He was ranked 95 on the Forbes list of India's Richest in 2012.[7]

He has three sons actively involved in his business, and also a daughter.


Agarwal died at Ahmedabad Airport after a cardiac arrest on 12 April 2017.[8] He was cremated on the next day at Bhadbhada Shmashana, in Bhopal.[9]


  1. ^ Dainik Bhaskar group chairman Ramesh Chandra Agarwal passes away
  2. ^ "Dainik Bhaskar Directors". 
  3. ^ D B Corp Ltd.[1][2]
  4. ^ "Dainik Bhaskar launches media training school". Daily News and Analysis. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Ramesh Chandra Agarwal (1944-2017): A book lover who created a media empire [3]
  6. ^ "Ramesh Chandra Agarwal". Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ramesh Chandra Agarwal". Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Dainik Bhaskar Group chairman Ramesh Agrawal passes away
  9. ^ Bhadbhada Shmashana Last Rites [4][5][6][7]