The Leader (Allahabad newspaper)

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The Leader (24 October 1909 – 6 September 1967) [1][2] was one of the most influential English-language newspapers in India during British Raj. Founded by Madan Mohan Malviya, the paper was published in Allahabad.[3] Under C. Y. Chintamani, a dynamic editor from 1909 to 1934, it acquired a large readership in North India. His clash with Motilal Nehru 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.[3] Indian National Congress leader, Moti Lal Nehru was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leader,[4] and the paper remained politically charged through its existence, many of Mahatma Gandhi's writings were also published in it, and it is repository of important writing of that generation.[5]


The Duke University Library System has newspaper copies from 1963 to 6 September 1967 on microfilm,[2] apart from British Library, Asia, Pacific and African Collections and University of Cambridge, South Asian Studies Centre.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Leader (Allahabad, India)". Vol. 1, no. 1. (Oct. 24, 1909)-v. 230, no. 20762 (Sept. 6, 1967) 
  2. ^ a b "Newspapers and Periodicals: N4787 The Leader". Duke University Library System. 
  3. ^ a b "C. Y. Chintamani (April 10, 1880 — July 1, 1941)". The Tribune. 7 May 2000. 
  4. ^ "Role of Press in India's Struggle for Freedom". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Gandhian Thoughts: SOURCES". Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. 

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