The Hitavada

The Hitavada is an English daily newspaper circulating mainly in Central parts of 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 Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Nagpur and present governor of Punjab. In 2011, it completed its 100 years and celebrated its centenary festival which was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India.

The Hitavada
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The 31 January 2012, Nagpur edition of ""The Hitavada""
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherProgressive Writers and Publishers
Editor-in-chiefBanwarilal Purohit
EditorVijay Phansikar
HeadquartersThe Hitavada,
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Nagpur - 12


The Hitavada was started in the central Indian city of Nagpur by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale. It was the first and the only English daily of Nagpur. In the mid 20th century, it found a competitor in another English daily, the Nagpur Times, which however 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 supplementsEdit

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
Anshuman Bhargava is the State Editor. 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.


  1. ^ "Central India\'s Leading News Daily". Archived from the original on 12 December 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  2. ^ Kr̥ṣṇamūrti, Nāḍiga (1966). Indian journalism: origin, growth and development of Indian journalism from Asoka to Nehru. University of Mysore. p. 243. OCLC 1086734.