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Aj Hindi Daily
TypeDaily newspaper
Editor-in-chiefShardul Vikram Gupta
Founded5 September 1920; 102 years ago (1920-09-05)

Aj (Hindi: आज meaning "Today") is a Hindi language daily broadsheet newspaper in India, currently published from 12 cities in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states.

The main edition is published in Varanasi. The newspaper was founded by a freedom fighter named Shiv Prasad Gupta. During the days of Indian national freedom struggle, Aj not only served the cause, it also helped spread the popularity of Hindi literature among commoners in Hindi heartland and among non-Hindi areas as well. Once it was said if one wanted to learn Hindi, they had to "read Aj".


This newspaper was founded by Shiv Prasad Gupta and its publication from Varanasi started on 5 September 1920. Its first chief editor was Sri Prakash and Baburao Vishnu Paradkar, a noted journalist, was its editor. After Sri Prakash stepped down, Paradkar was its chief editor from 1924[1] to 1954. Another noted journalist, Ramkrishna Raghunath Khadilkar, was the next chief editor from 1954 to 59.[2] Kamalapati Tripathi also served as its chief editor. Between 1975 and 1985, six new editions of Aj were commenced from Kanpur (1975), Patna (1979), Gorakhpur (1980), Allahabad, Agra and Ranchi (1984). In 1989, four new editions from Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Lucknow and Bareilly were started. Presently the Editor-in-chief of the newspaper is Shardul Vikram Gupta. Bareilly edition's and Haldwani edition's General Manager is Sanjeev Krishna Tripathi. Haldwani edition was launched in 2013, with Dinesh Joshi, an eminent journalist with sound knowledge of newspaper working, as State Head of Uttarakhand. Lucknow edition's Unit Head is Harinder Singh Sahni.


  1. ^ Ninan, Sevanti (2007). Headlines from the Heartland: Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere. New Delhi: Sage Publications. p. 51. ISBN 978-81-7829-741-5.
  2. ^ Pandeya, Manju (2003). Hindi Patrakarita ko Marathibhashi Patrakaron ki Den (in Hindi), Mumbai:Naman Prakashan, p.53