Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper headquartered in Delhi. It serves as the flagship publication of HT Media Limited, a company controlled by the Birla family and currently owned by Shobhana Bhartia, the daughter of KK Birla.
Founded by Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, a key figure in the Akali movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal, in Delhi, Hindustan Times played a pivotal role in the Indian independence movement as a nationalist daily.
With a circulation of 993,645 copies as of November 2017, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Hindustan Times is one of the largest newspapers in India. The Indian Readership Survey 2014 identified it as the second-most widely read English newspaper in India, following The Times of India. The newspaper is particularly popular in North India, with simultaneous editions in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, and Chandigarh.
The Nagpur print location was discontinued in September 1997, and the Jaipur location ceased operations in June 2006. In 2004, Hindustan Times launched a youth daily, HT Next. The Kolkata edition debuted in the early 2000s, followed by the Mumbai edition on July 14, 2005.
Hindustan Times has several sister publications, including Mint (an English business daily), Hindustan (a Hindi daily), Nandan (a monthly children's magazine), and Kadambani (a monthly literary magazine).
Additionally, it features a children's version like other newspapers. The media group extends its reach to include a radio channel, Fever 104.0 FM, an education-related company called Studymate, and an annual Luxury Conference that has hosted prominent speakers such as designer Diane von Fürstenberg, shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Gucci CEO Robert Polet, and Cartier MD Patrick Normand.
Owned by the KK Birla branch of the Birla family, Hindustan Times continues to be a significant player in the Indian media landscape.