3, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi - 110002, India
The Pioneer is a well known English newspaper in India which was
established in 1865 at the behest of the British. Since British India till
1991, The Pioneer used to a be a Lucknow based newspaper. The full credit of
making The Pioneer a national newspaper goes to Thapar Group, which bought
the paper in 1991.
It is a medium sized newspaper that caters to the information needs of the
discerning readers. The paper is published from Delhi, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar,
Kochi, Bhopal, Dehradun, Ranchi and Chandigarh. Earlier the newspaper had
maintained a full fledged Kanpur edition too. The Pioneer even started off
with a Mumbai edition but couldn't maintain it due to the tough competition
existing there during that time.
Feathers To The Cap
It has created new standards of journalism with crisp and factual
reporting. Each and every column of the newspaper is superbly edited and is
considered of great authenticity.
History of The Pioneer
The Pioneer was established in the year 1865 by an Englishman George Allen.
From 1865 to 1869 the newspaper was published three times a week. Meanwhile,
in 1866, a weekly supplement called the the Pioneer Mail, comprising of 48
quarto-size pages (mostly of advertisements) was added to the paper. In the
year 1874, the Pioneer Mail became the Pioneer Mail and India Weekly News
and started to carry short stories and travel writeups.
During the British Raj the newspaper basically targeted the Whites in
India. The paper during that point of time was known for its strong
imperialistic ideas. In 1872 Alfred Sinnett became the editor of the
newspaper. The renowned writer Rudyard Kipling is said to have written for
this paper during his stay in India. In his early 20s,from November 1887 to
March 1889 Rudyard Kipling worked as an assistant editor at the newspaper
office in Allahabad.
In 1933, the paper was sold to a syndicate and moved from Allahabad to
Lucknow. The publication of the Pioneer Mail and India Weekly News was also
stopped at that time. In fact The Pioneer had deep its roots in Uttar
Pradesh. During 1930's Pioneer had great influence on the educated class of
Uttar Pradesh. Jawaharlal Nehru seeing the growing impact of the newspaper
decided to launch a newspaper to counter the impact but failed to create the
same magic as The Pioneer. In early 1990s it was bought by the Thapar Group
and Mr. L.M. Thapar held the position of chairman of the newspaper.
Columnists of The Pioneer
Whole lot of great people write for the columns of the Pioneer that
The Pioneer Supplements
- Chandan Mitra
- Hiranmay Karlekar
- Swapan Dasgupta
- Kanchan Gupta
- Arun Nehru
- Shobori Ganguli
- Joginder Singh
- G Parthasarathy
- Balbir K Punj
- KPS Gill
- Gautam Siddharth
- Ashok K Mehta
- Ajay Bose
- Wilson John
- Kalyani Shankar
- Bharat Jhunjhunwala
- Sandhya Jain
- Chandrabhan Prasad
- Dina Nath Mishra
- Amita Malik
- Devi Cheria
- Hari Shankar Vyas
- A Surya Prakash
- Ashok Malik
- Shailaja Chandra
- Sunanda K Datta-Ray
- P Anantha Krishnan
- Premen Addy
The Pioneer carries a number of supplements on week days that include :
: A daily four pages supplement contains city related news
including entertainment, cinema, events, fashion and lifestyle.
: Avenues brings articles and features on a variety of national and
: Forecast is a supplement related to astrology and zodiac signs and it
carries the weekly forecast of the stars.
: Agenda carries articles on current happenings or important
India related issues. Besides, other major sections of Agenda are Issues,
Dialogue, Insight, People, Sports, Pulse and Creative Edge.
: Foray has a number of interesting sections including the
Twilight Zone, Globe, Backbone, Big Names, Factoids and Scientifix.
The Pioneer in Internet
The Pioneer is available online both in webpage and ePaper. The online
edition carries all the important sections of the newspaper. The websites of
The Pioneer are :
- online edition The Pioneer
- ePaper The Pioneer