Chairman of the Dainik Bhaskar Group, Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, passed away at the age of 73, in Ahmedabad today. He reached Ahmedabad from Delhi on an 11 am flight and suffered heart attack while landing at the airport. His funeral will take place on Thursday, April 13 in Bhopal.
Ramesh Agrawal was born on November 30, 1944 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, and completed higher secondary from Jhansi. His father, Seth Dwarka Prasad Agarwal ran a book business in Jhansi. In 1956, Ramesh Ji came to Bhopal with his father and established the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper from 1958. From then on, there has been no looking back. The Indore edition was launched in 1983. In 1996, Dainik Bhaskar stepped out of Madhya Pradesh for the first time and launched its first edition from Rajasthan.
Dainik Bhaskar is now published from 14 Indian states with 62 editions. It is the fourth largest circulated daily in the world.
Ramesh Agrawal did his graduation in political science from Barkatulla University, Bhopal. He was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Life Time Achievement Award. India Today included him in the list of top 50 strongest people of India in the 2003, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Forbes placed him at number 95 in the list of 100 richest people of India in 2012.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted on Ramesh Agarwal's demise.
My thoughts are with the family of Shri Ramesh Chandra Agarwal in this hour of sadness. May his soul rest in peace. @DainikBhaskar
Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 12 April 2017 Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed his grief on the passing of Ramesh Agarwal.
.@DainikBhaskar Shri Ramesh Agarwal's contribution to Indian media is unparalleled.His fearless reporting & uprightness is a lesson for budding journalists.
ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) 12 April 2017 BJP President Amit Shah said, "Extremely saddened by the sudden demise of Shri Ramesh Chandra Agarwal ji. His passing away is a big loss to journalism and the Indian media. My deepest condolences to his family and the entire Dainik Bhaskar Group."
Ramesh Chandra Agarwal is survived by three sons- Sudhir Agarwal, Girish Agarwal, Pawan Agarwal, and a daughter Bhavna Agarwal.