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S. Kasturi Ranga

(1859 – 1923) – (Tamilnadu)

S. Kasturi Ranga Iyengar (Aged 64) born on 15 December 1859 in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an Indian lawyer, independence activist, politician, and journalist. He served as the managing director of The Hindu from 1 April 1905 until his death.

His elder brother, Diwan Bahadur S. Srinivasa Raghavaiyangar, C. I. E, was the Inspector General of Registration in the Madras Presidency. In 1893, Srinivasa Raghavaiyangar wrote a Memorandum of Progress of the Madras Presidency during the last forty years of British administration to refute the charges of economic exploitation made by nationalists.

Kasturi Ranga Iyengar became a legal correspondent with The Hindu in 1895 when it was run by G. Subramania Iyer. He wrote a well-known column in the newspaper called The Coimbatore Letters. During this period, he received encouragement from C. Karunakara Menon. On 1 April 1905, Kasturi Ranga Iyengar purchased The Hindu for a price of Rs. 75,000. He became the editor of The Hindu and a powerful voice of people’s aspirations.

Prior to purchasing The Hindu, Kasturi Ranga Iyengar was not interested in entering public life. He had the courage to buy a struggling newspaper and embark upon a new enterprise despite having no experience. He was also a newcomer to politics but became extremely successful.

Despite being the younger brother of an Anglophile, he did not abandon his anti-British and Indian nationalist attitude. He was just as intelligent and talented as his illustrious brother, according to his contemporaries.

Kasturi Ranga Iyengar exerted as much influence with his wealth as he did with his writing. Instead of being chastised and compelled to undergo ritual cleansing upon his arrival from England, he was given a grand welcome with all honors by the Vaishnavite orthodoxy. He passed away on 12 December 1923 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.