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Ramnath Goenka (1904–1991) 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
Ramnath Goenka 1942.jpg
Ramnath Goenka in 1942
Born(1904-04-22)22 April 1904
Died5 October 1991(1991-10-05) (aged 87)
OccupationMedia businessman
Spouse(s)Moongibai Goenka


Early lifeEdit

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

Career prior to newspapersEdit

In 1922, he moved to Madras as the agent for Sukhdevdoss Ramprasad[citation needed] on a salary of Rs. 30/- and took shelter with a family named Chaudhry which came from a village near to his native Mandawa, at 23 Peria Naicker Street.[8]


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


He was portrayed as the ageing press baron Manik Dasgupta by Hindi film actor, Mithun Chakraborty in the 2007 Hindi movie, Guru.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b A doyen of Indian Journalism, Shri Goenka's greatest passion was the print media. He launched the Indian Express in 1932. -
  2. ^ Naqvi, Saeed (2000). "THOUGHT & ACTION: The Baron". Indian Today.
  3. ^ "Ramnath Goenka Awards, Journalism Awards, Journalism Awards for Excellence 2015". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  4. ^ ":: Award ::". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  5. ^ "The Wire's Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Wins Ramnath Goenka Award for Feature Writing - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  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

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