Mint (newspaper)

Mint is an Indian financial daily newspaper published by HT Media, a Delhi-based media group which is controlled by the KK Birla family and also publishes Hindustan Times.[2] It mostly targets readers who are business executives and policy makers. It has been in circulation since 2007.[3]

It is India's first newspaper to be published in the Berliner format. The former editor of the Wall Street Journal India, Raju Narisetti was the founding editor of Mint till he stepped down in 2008.[4] Narisetti was succeeded by Sukumar Ranganathan who served as editor till 2017.[5]

In 2014, Mint and the Journal ended their seven-year editorial partnership [6]

In 2017, former editor of Khaleej Times Vinay Kamat was appointed as Editor replacing Sukumar Ranganathan.[7][8]

Mint (newspaper) logo
Mint cover 03-28-10
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) HT Media
Founder(s) Raju Narisetti
Publisher Vivek Khanna
Editor Vinay Kamat
Managing editors Niranjan Rajadhyaksha, Anil Padmanabhan, Tamal Bandyopadhyay
News editor Anil Penna
Founded 1 February 2007
Political alignment fiscally conservative, socially liberal
Language English
Headquarters 2nd Floor, 18-20 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001
Sister newspapers Hindustan Times
Hindustan Dainik



Mint began in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal on 1 February 2007, with the Journal's former deputy managing editor, Raju Narisetti as its founding editor.[9] Around eight months before the first edition was published, Narisetti hired and assembed staffers for Mint. The launch team comprised some of India's leading business journalists as well as a handful of staffers from the Journal, whom Narisetti had brought on board with the intention of bringing some Wall Street Journal style and flavour to Indian journalism. Informed observers saw it as a well calculated attack on the near monopoly of The Economic Times, published by The Times Group, HT Media's rival media conglomerate.


Mint changed from the Berliner format it popularized in India and became a broadsheet in 2016. According to a press release, Mint and Mint's digital platform would complement each other.[10][11]

Content and culture

Mint is the business daily from the stable of HT Media, which seeks to compete with The Economic Times, Business Standard, Business Line, and The Financial Express. Although it is a daily newspaper, Mint doesn't think of itself as a "newspaper of record," focusing instead on the bigger stories of the day, along with analysis and lifestyle pieces. Some media critics have called Mint a "daily magazine" because of this choice of presentation. From 2007 to 2014, Mint exclusively carried Wall Street Journal branded editorial content in its pages by virtue of the content sharing partnership between HT Media and Newscorp, which owns the Journal. This agreement ended in 2014.


Mint's design presents business and financial information in a compact format, often using infographics to tell stories and present data. The newspaper was initially designed by Mario Garcia, who has also been associated with the re-design of the Wall Street Journal.

Mint Lounge

On Saturdays the paper publishes the weekend edition Mint Lounge, instead of the weekday issues. Lounge is a magazine-style supplement that focuses on the arts, food, culture, fashion, sport, music, and the like. It contains columns by Rohit Brijnath, Samar Halarnkar, Shoba Narayan, Mayank Austen Soofi, Aakar Patel and Natasha Badhwar.

Mint on Sunday

Mint on Sunday includes such weekly features as "The Big Picture," a comics-format omnibus by an array of contributors; "Big Story," about the entertainment world; "Play-By-Play," about sports; "Life Hacks," about technology; and the financial feature "Economics Express."

Editorial stance

Mint's editorial or "Views" page emphasizes free people, free economies and free societies.[12] Its editorial pages broadly support economic liberalization and an unfettered economy but provide for some space for social programs that tackle especially grievous inequity.[13] It has taken an especially strong position on national security and terrorism issues, opining in favour of strategic national interest over more liberal alternatives. However, the paper, like most English-language papers and magazines targeted at affluent Indians, does appear to be socially liberal.

Quick Edit

Mint carries a short editorial piece on the front page titled "Quick Edit". The longer opinion pieces titled "Our View" and guest opinion pieces titled "My view" or "Their Views" are carried in views pages towards the end of paper.


The editorial staff are organised into various teams based on subject matter. Topic editors usually decide on the composition of stories for the next day's edition in a news conference held before the paper goes into the final stages of production. There are also small teams that focus on strategy, marketing, advertising and other aspects of publishing the paper and its ancillary offerings, and technicians who work exclusively on HT Media's digital media projects, including apps for mobiles and tablets featuring Mint and other publications from HT Media. The newsroom and management follows a relatively 'flat' structure, unlike in other divisions of HT Media.


According to former editor Sukumar Ranganathan, in its 10 years of existence, Mint has won 10 Society of Publishers of Asia awards and 10 Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards.[14]

In 2008, the newspaper won two awards at the 7th Annual Asia Media Awards organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.[15]

For 2009, the newspaper won three Ranmnath Goenka awards in the fifth edition of the awards presented by the Indian Express Group.[16]

In 2011 and 2012, the newspaper won three Ramnath Goenka awards, two for 2011 and one for 2012.[17]

In 2016, Mint won three Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards.[18]

Notable employees


  1. ^ "Mint". HT Media. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ "HT Media launches business daily". Hindustan Times. 31 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Paradise Papers: Hindustan Times Group set up firm in Bermuda, showed Rs 7 cr loss". The Indian Express. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Mint founding editor Raju Narisetti quits, managing editor Sukumar to step in his shoes". Financial Express. 28 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan To Take Over As Editor-In-Chief Of Hindustan Times". Huffington Post. 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ "India's Mint and The Wall Street Journal end their seven-year partnership". 30 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Vinay Kamat is new editor of Mint". Press Institute of India. 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Vinay Kamat to take over from Sukumar Ranganathan as new editor of Mint". News Laundry. 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ Kar, Kalyan (16 April 2006). "HT Media to launch business daily; appoints Wall Street Journal's Raju Narisetti as Head of Editorial". Exchange4Media.
  10. ^ "A Newspaper for the Digital Era - Mint Relaunched". PR Newswire. 12 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Mint turns broadsheet". Best Media Info. 13 September 2016.
  12. ^ "In defence of freedom".
  13. ^ "In defence of sweat shops".
  14. ^ "Mint: 10 years on The inception and evolution of the Mint newsroom". 4 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Mint wins IFRA awards". 4 April 2008.
  16. ^ "Recognition for Mint's journalism". 18 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Editor's note: 'Mint' wins Ramnath Goenka awards for excellence in journalism". 10 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Mint wins three Ramnath Goenka awards". 3 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Apropos of Nothing". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Cubiclenama". Mint. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  21. ^ "About". Domain Maximus. Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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