The Pioneer is an English language daily newspaper. It is published from multiple locations in India, including Delhi. It is the second oldest English language newspaper in India still in circulation after The Times of India. The Pioneer was founded in Allahabad in 1865
In 2010, The Pioneer launched a Hindi version in Lucknow. One of India’s oldest English daily newspapers with a storied history, on whose rolls Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill once belonged. The Pioneer presents a point of view that no other newspaper does with our thoughtful commentary and analysis.
The Pioneer was founded in 1865 during the British Raj by an Englishman George Allen. The paper which initially strongly supported the Imperial rule of India once employed a young Winston Churchill as its war correspondent during the second Boer War. Rudyard Kipling, the famous author of The Jungle Book was employed as an Assistant Editor of the newspaper between November 1887 and March 1889
In the recent past, this small, independent newspaper fell on bad times as large conglomerates began to dominate the media in India. However, in 1996, Chandan Mitra, one of India’s top journalists took over as Editor of the newspaper. In 1998, as the paper faced serious financial difficulties, he bought the newspaper out and through the persistence of a small but dedicated team of journalists and managers managed to keep it afloat during those troubled times.
The newspaper survived, becoming one of the only independent national newspapers thanks to the support of a small but growing population of dedicated readers.
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