Indian print media majors have not just been opposed—viscerally at first; superficially now—to the entry of foreign direct investment (FDI), or the publication of foreign titles.
They have also been reluctant to venture out themselves.
The Times of India briefly pondered editions in the Gulf. The Asian Age launched an edition in London. But there have not been too many serious and sustained attempts to spread their footprint beyond Indian soil.
Malayalam newspapers like Manorama and Mathrubhoomi had Gulf editions, printed in Bombay and airlifted to different countries in the United Arab Emirates, for a while, before the internet changed the contours of publishing.
Now, Dina Thanthi (Daily Telegraph), the Tamil newspaper that was once India’s largest circulated newspaper, has entered Sri Lanka, in a tie-up that country’s Tamil newspaper Virakesari.