A succession struggle grips the Jagran group

The family that owns India’s most widely read daily is facing internal strife. At stake is the very stability of the legacy publisher.

Mahendra Mohan Gupta announced his desire to step down as chairman and managing director of Jagran Prakashan Ltd in 2021, the year he turned 81. For 16 years, he had helmed the company that published India’s most widely read newspaper, Hindi daily Dainik Jagran. As of 2020, its readership stood at 68 million, 16 million more than its closest rival, Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar. Mahendra controlled the group along with his brothers and nephews as the first among equals. But now he wanted to take a step back, kicking off the search for a successor.

Two years later, Mahendra finds …


Ayush Tiwari

Ayush reported on the travails of the media and social media platforms in India at The Morning Context. He was previously at Newslaundry, where he reported on sectarian violence and politics from Northeast India, Kashmir and North India.