Rajasthan Patrika was started in 1956 as an evening newspaper published with a humble loan capital of Rs 500. Late Shri Karpoor Chandra Kulish laid the foundation stone of Rajasthan Patrika on 7th March 1956. Born with a mission of giving an independent voice to local issues, Rajasthan Patrika spread across the country and took on the name Patrika.
Patrika Group covers 50% of India’s Hindi Heartland. Rajasthan Patrika is the only Hindi Daily, which effectively covers the Southern parts of India. Read by over 2.59 Cr. Readers, Rajasthan Patrika is ranked 26th amongst the top 50 paid for dailies (WAN-IFRA). It is the country’s 5th largest newspaper as per AMIC UNESCO. The core purpose of Patrika is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. Producing content of the highest quality and integrity is the basis for our reputation and the means by which we fulfill public trust.
Currently Patrika Group enjoys a pan India presence as a powerful platform of change with Print, Digital, Satellite TV, Billboards, Events, Social Initiatives, Radio and other verticals. It is today voice of millions and credited as one of India’s most respected media house.
Karpoor Chandra Kulish, a celebrated doyen of Hindi Journalism and the founder of Rajasthan Patrika was a man who donned several hats in his lifetime, he was a poet, a writer, a journalist, a Vedic allegorist and a prolific social thinker. Born in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, Shri Kulish was informed by a deep regard for the Hindi language which made him gravitate towards a career in scholarship, pedagogy and Hindi literature. He published several of his poems, songs and writings- for which he is widely celebrated and remembered. He has been decorated with the title of ‘Sahitya Ratna’ by the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag.
A pervading concern for deep societal issues and ailments however, pushed Shri Kulish into a career of journalism. In 1951, he began working as a clerk at a newspaper in Jaipur called ‘Rashtradoot’ before his flair for journalism shone through and he was progressively tasked with various responsibilities such as of handling the magazine, editing, reportage and penning a weekly column under the pseudonym of ‘Ghumakkar’. After five years of working at ‘Rashtradoot’, he faced a mounting realization that there was a pressing need for an independent regional newspaper in Rajasthan that could compete with national dailies and that would most importantly, be free of political influence.
To realize this dream, Rajasthan Patrika was set up as an evening newspaper in 1956 with the humble borrowings of Rs. 500 (roughly equivalent to USD 40 at the time). “In the press corridor with the help of two chairs, one table, one typewriter and two and half men, a tabular-sized two paise-a-page Rajasthan Patrika took shape. Like a paper boat it embarked on the grand sea of journalism, riding on the strength of good wishes and blessings.” Since then, Shri Kulish painstakingly developed Patrika as a synonymy for journalistic grit and courage. Under his helm, Patrika gained the adage of being ‘the newspaper with a soul’.
Karpoor Chandra Kulish has repeatedly espoused the inherent purpose of the Patrika’s existence to be a devotion to social responsibility through unwavering journalistic ethics. He opines, ”Mere use of strength may often lead to failure. Even tactical moves and ploys may lead to short-term successes. However, long-term and sustained success comes from timely use of conscience and courage.” It is hardly surprising that Shri Kulish considered Patrika’s operating policy as one that is untouched by party affiliations, but one that stands tall in favor of public welfare.
Shri Kulish remains a shining source of inspiration by setting the foundations of an organizational culture based on profound trust and shared ownership among all members of the Patrika family. As envisioned by Shri Kulish, Patrika is more than a newspaper; more than an organization- Patrika represents a people, a social unit. In his words, “A crowd cannot be called a society. Rather, the individual is the society. The land on which we are standing is the country and if we try to connect with this fundamental unit, it is only then that the society becomes a society, an institution becomes an institution and the country truly becomes a country.”
Some of his well known works are:
For his exemplary contribution to the field of journalism, Shri Karpoor Chandra Kulish was awarded the Haldi Ghati Puraskar in 1983, B. D. Goenka Award by the Indian Express Group in 1999 and was also a recipient of the prestigious Media India Sita Award. In 1993, he was awarded the Dr. Hedegwar Prajna Award by Kumar Pustakalaya, Calcutta. The ‘KC Kulish International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism’ has been instituted in memory of his legacy and has been conferred on illustrious journalists and their teams from diverse national backgrounds.
Dr. Gulab Kothari is the Editor-in-Chief of Rajasthan Patrika and is one of the most celebrated Indian journalists of contemporary India. His signature brand of journalism not only envisages media as the vessel for deep social impact, but also a medium to nudge society towards a holistic moral and spiritual reawakening. As a journalist he made innovative experiments in his writings and the subjects he chose speak volumes of his editorial competence, profoundness of thought and power of mobilization. His writings reflect the agony of change and transformation.
Born on January 6, 1949 in a historic town Malpura situated in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, Gulab Kothari has evinced deep interest in folk arts and folk culture. His attempts to explore the cultural fabric of Rajasthan through extensive travels into its villages and towns find reflection in the nuanced portrayal of folk culture in his writings.
Gulab Kothari earned his Ph.D. Degree from the Intercultural Open University, the Netherlands, in 1995. His thesis entitled ‘Newspaper Management’ has been published and has since been a widely referred work by the students of journalism in various Indian universities. Dr. Kothari was awarded a D.Litt. in Philosophy by his alma mater in 2002 and his thesis entitled ‘Body, Mind, Intellect’ is a widely read work.
Dr. Kothari has pushed Patrika beyond its conventional role of a media house and redefined media’s responsibility towards society. Gulab ji or ‘Bade Bhai Saahab’ as he is fondly called by all members of the Patrika family, has been the inspiration behind several of Patrika’s public campaigns. He successfully laid the ground work to create mass awareness on a wide spectrum of issues such as depleting sources of drinking water, indiscriminate urban sprawl, degradation of environmental resources and ecological harmony in Rajasthan. In response to his clarion call, the campaigns developed a rich participative character, with thousands of common citizens rallying to support and volunteer for these causes. When famine struck Rajasthan his call for donating a handful of grain inspired lakhs of people who generously contributed bags of grain which went a long way in saving many lives from starvation. When the nation was struck by calamities like Kargil War and calamities such as the 2005 tsunami, Mr. Kothari mobilized the citizenry’s support through his writings and soothed the agonized state of the victims.
Mr. Kothari has a command on both Hindi and English and has a natural flair for writing. Some of the popular books authored by him are as follows:
Manas (Hindi Edition four volumes-
Nihar Kothari is Managing Director and Executive Editor at Patrika, one of India’s largest and most credible media houses. He is keen to take the role of media to different realms, where he envisions a deeper sense of democracy and a greater sense of social involvement by all. He firmly believes that media is a strong tool of social change and constantly on the move to impact policies and the decisions making process.
Nihar holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He has done the AMP at Media Management Centre, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois.
Under his leadership Rajasthan Patrika has touched new pinnacles, acknowledged to be amongst the top three most trusted newspapers of India (as per BBC-Reuters survey). Forbes appreciated Patrika for ‘Keeping readers above advertisers’. The ‘New York Times credited it as a ‘Civic-minded hyper-local with large circulation’ and Wharton University article called it a ‘Publishing House with Pan-India presence.
Nihar has used powerful editorial campaigns with people partnership to change scenarios and establish new rules of the game. Hariyalo Rajasthan (Green Rajasthan), War Widow Relief Fund, Campaign Against Illegal Extortion, Jaago Janmat and Amritam Jalam being a few of them. Nihar believes in not just informing as a newspaper but creating on-ground partnerships of change to produce tangible results.
Nihar has been associated with several other non-profit initiatives across the country besides Patrika initiatives. His association with Ashoka spans for almost a decade and has been working with the network to create programs specially exploring possibilities of partnering with business networks. One such program is the Ashoka Globalizer, where he has been a co- creator and Panelist since its start. He is closely associated with ICCR. He is an active executive member of Young Presidents Organization and also a member of Entrepreneurs' Organization.
Nihar believes in a set of values left as legacy by his grandfather, followed by his father and now carried forward by him. High credibility, powerful impact, active engagement and trust that people bestowed in Patrika are some of the earnings of the newspaper, which he prides in.