Robert Knight was an English editor, journalist, and newspaper proprietor. He was considered a critic of British Imperialism. Knight was an editor of The Times of India and founder of The Statesman. Both are prominent newspapers in India.
Biography of Robert Knight
Robert Knight was born in Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London. In 1847, he came to Bombay in British India as a 22-year old. Later, he took up journalism and writing articles in newspapers.
Robert Knight became the Editor of the Bombay Times in 1857 replacing George Buist. In December 1859 the Bombay Standard and Chronicle of Western India was absorbed into it. In 1861, it absorbed its rivals Courier and Telegraph, both Bombay newspapers, and the name was changed to The Times of India. It grew into national prominence under him.
He forged an arrangement with Reuters which made them the sole agent for India. Later he left The Times of India and started The Statesman in Calcutta in 1875.
In 1854, he married Catherine Hannah (1837–1918), with whom he had 12 children. He died in Calcutta in 1890, apparently of malaria. His sons Paul and Robert were also journalists and newspaper proprietors.
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