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The Hitavada

The Hitavada
The January 31st, 2012, Nagpur edition of ""The Hitavada""
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Publisher Progressive Writers and Publishers
Editor Vijay Phansikar
Editor-in-chief Banwarilal Purohit
Founded 1911
Language English
Headquarters The Hitavada,
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Nagpur - 12
Website .com.thehitavadawww

The Hitavada (The People's Paper), is the largest selling broadsheet English daily newspaper of Central India.[1] Founded in 1911 by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Nagpur[2] the newspaper was taken over by Purohit and Company, owned by Banwarilal Purohit, the former BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MP from Nagpur. In 2011, it completed its 100 years and celebrated its centenary festival which was inaugurated by Mrs. Pratibha Patil, then President of India.


The Hitavada was started in the central Indian city of Nagpur by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale as an independent newspaper. It was the first and the only English daily of Nagpur. In the mid 20th century, it was competed by another English daily Nagpur Times, which was later shut down due to bankruptcy. The Hitavada in 1978, was taken over by Banwarilal Purohit, who later became the Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha under BJP, from Late Vidya Charan Shukla, who owned the Progressive Writers and Publishers which published this paper. The Hitavada, today, is the largest selling English broadsheet daily of Central India with Nagpur and Raipur, though it competes with Indian Express, The Times of India, and Lokmat Times in Nagpur, with Hindustan Times and Central Chronicle in Bhopal and Raipur. It has a daily circulation of over 200000 copies across the Central India with maximum 130000 in Nagpur city alone.

Editions and supplements

The Hitavada is simultaneously published from the cities of Nagpur, Jabalpur, Raipur, and Bhopal. Every city edition carries a special supplement called City Line that deals with the local city news and engagements. The Hitavada also has regional editions:
1. Vidarbha Line, distributed outside the Metropolitan areas of Nagpur and rest of Vidarbha
2. Chhattisgarh Line, distributed in Chhattisgarh
3. Madhya Pradesh Line, distributed in Bhopal and other areas surrounding Jabalpur
The other supplements include Money (Mondays), Future (Tuesdays), Woman's World (Wednesdays), Twinkle Star (Saturdays), Insight (Sundays). It also distributes a supplement called The Knowledge Magazine in schools, especially meant for children.


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  2. ^ Kr̥ṣṇamūrti, Nāḍiga (1966). Indian journalism: origin, growth and development of Indian journalism from Asoka to Nehru.  
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