Ex-journo who lords over a Rs 3,000 crore empire


Mail Today, the tabloid daily from the India Today group, reports today on Ravindra Kishore Sinha, the Patna businessman worth Rs 3,000 crore who is about to gain entry into India’s most exclusive club, the Rajya Sabha, courtesy the BJP.

Sinha, who runs a security firm called SIS, has declared his net assets at Rs 564 crore, while his spouse has declared Rs 230 crore.

“A self-made man, the 62-year-old leader started his career as a trainee journalist with The Searchlight and Pradeep (now defunct) dailies in Patna in 1971. He quit his job in 1974.

“In the course of his job, he was assigned to cover the Bangladesh war, where he came in contact with some army men who inspired him to set up his maiden entrepreneurial venture, SIS, for the ex-servicemen.

“With a paltry sum of Rs 250, Sinha launched his business and went on to script the proverbial rags-to-riches tale with his sharp business acumen.”

For the record, The Searchlight, which was launched by a group of luminaries led by Syed Hasan Imam, built its reputation as an “anti-colonial newspaper“.

Its first editor was a Muslim, Syed Haidar Husain, and its rolls later boasted of such stellar names as T.J.S. George, who later founded Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong.

The paper was published from 1918 to 1986, before it was subsumed by the Birla-owned Hindustan Times. India’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, was a founder-director of The Searchlight.

Photograph: courtesy Mail Today

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  1. Students of JNU

    JNU Campus is full of posters and protests on how the SIS security firm is exploiting its employees and not paying them PF, proper wages etc. Long live the democracy in India!

  2. If one is sincere in his job and hard working, fortune will smile at him/her.

  3. Great muscle power for a journo; a case of might of both the pen and sword together. It was jokingly said about the late EMS Nambuthiripad that he carried the sickle in one hand and the vedas in the other while in power as Chief Minister of Kerala

  4. Bipendra Kumar

    रवींद्र किशोर सिन्हा से संबंधित मेल टूडे की खबर में कई गलत जानकारियां हैं। पता नहीं ऐसा जानबूझ कर किया गया है या सचाई को छुपाने की कोशिश के तहत।
    1. रवीद्र किशोर सिन्हा सर्चलाइट में नहीं बल्कि प्रदीप में प्रशिक्षु पत्रकार थे।
    2. एसआइएस उनका पहला वेंचर नहीं है। इसके पहले वे आर के पब्लिसिटी के नाम से एक विज्ञापन एजेंसी चलाते थे। बिहार में ऐसा पहली बार हुआ था कि 1977 में जनता पार्टी की सरकार बनने पर कुछ विभागों का सरकारी विज्ञापन जनसंपर्क विभाग के बजाए आर के पब्लिसिटी के जरिये जारी होता था। इसका कारण था कि इन्हें जनसंघ खेमे के दो मंत्रियों का बरदहस्त प्राप्त था। सरकारी विज्ञापनों को जारी कराकर आर के पब्लिसिटी को काफी लाभ पहंुचाया गया था। सरकार अपदस्थ होने के बाद जनता सरकार के मंत्रियों के भ्रष्टाचार की जांच के लिए आयोग गठित हुआ था। जनसंघ खेमे के मंत्रियों पर प्रभात जर्दा फैक्टरी, रांची एक्सप्रेस और आर के पब्लिसिटी को गलत तरीके से लाभ पहंुचाने का आरोप था।
    3 ऐसे में यह बताना कि एसआइएस की शुरुआत महज 250 रुपए से हुई थी, कल्पना की उड़ान भरने से ज्यादा कुछ नहीं है।

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