Ramnath Goenka

Ramnath Goenka (22 April 1904– 5 October 1991) was an Indian newspaper publisher. He launched The Indian Express in 1932 and created the Indian Express Group with various English and regional language publications.[1] In 2000, India Today magazine, named him amongst their list of "100 People Who Shaped India".[2] The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, named after Ramnath Goenka, have become one of the most prestigious award functions for Indian journalists.[3][4][5]

Ramnath Goenka
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Ramnath Goenka in 1942
Born(1904-04-22)22 April 1904
Died5 October 1991(1991-10-05) (aged 87)
OccupationMedia businessman
Political partyBharatiya Jana Sangh
Spouse(s)Moongibai Goenka

Early lifeEdit

Ramnath Goenka was born on 22 April 1904 in Bihar,[6] to Basantlal Goenka.[7]


He took shelter with a family named Chaudhry which came from a village near to his native Mandawa, at 23 Peria Naicker Street.[8]

During the Emergency Period of India, Ramnath Goenka was one of the few independent businessman and journalists that stood up to the government opposing Indira Gandhi.[9]

He used to go on pilgrimage to Tirupati.[9]


Goenka died in Mumbai on 5 October 1991.[1]

In 1997 the heirs of Ramnath Goenka made a division of the Indian Express Group into two separated operations. The northern segment was put under the control of Viveck Goenka, whereas the southern one went to the family branch of Manoj Sonthalia.[10]


  1. ^ a b A doyen of Indian Journalism, Shri Goenka's greatest passion was the print media. He launched the Indian Express in 1932. - https://parliamentofindia.nic.in/ls/lsdeb/ls10/ses2/02201191.htm
  2. ^ Naqvi, Saeed (2000). "THOUGHT & ACTION: The Baron". Indian Today.
  3. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Awards, Journalism Awards, Journalism Awards for Excellence 2015". expressindia.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ ":: Award ::". cij.co.in. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Wire's Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Wins Ramnath Goenka Award for Feature Writing - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Glowing tributes to Ramnath Goenka". The Hindu. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  7. ^ Reed, Stanley (1950). The Indian And Pakistan Year Book And Who's Who 1950. Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. p. 679. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  8. ^ warrior of the Fourth Estate page 15 and 16
  9. ^ a b Vishwamitra Sharma (2012). Famous Indians of the 20th Century. V & S Publishers. p. 82. ISBN 9789350572412. OCLC 800734508. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ Robin Jeffrey (2000). India's Newspaper Revolution: Capitalism, Politics and the Indian-language Press, 1977-99. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 109. ISBN 9781850654346. OCLC 246163109.

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