Importance of mainstream news papers in English and Hindi is there but local language news papers like Thinakaran Tamil news paper are very important. Many people especially in the interior or rural part of the particular states are unable to understand partially or fully the English or Hindi language, so the local news papers are their only source of information. However, the common complaint against the local language news papers is that they lack the standard, decency, quality and authenticity that are the normal attribute of mainstream English, Hindi and Urdu news papers. However, even the critics have to admit that there is no such problem with Thinakaran Tamil news paper, which is as responsible a news paper as one should be. They totally realize the importance of bringing in only the latest, authentic and useful news to their readers, so one should not expect gossips or what they call in Hindi ‘Masalah' news in Thinakaran Tamil news paper.
With the daily circulations of more than a Million, Thinkaran (also known as Dinakaran, the same difference that comes from Tamil pronunciation as some people write Muralitharan and some write it as Muralidharan), is considered as the biggest among Tamil news papers like Sakhsi, etc. The readers of the news paper are in excess of 10 Million (roughly), which makes it on number two but not by big margin, there is hardly daylight between the top read news paper and Thinkaran. Thinkaran is published on daily basis from the locations given below. Main content is same, though there are variations according to each place it is printed.
Thinkaran's first edition went to press in 1977 under the editorship of K. P. Kandasamy. In 2005, Sun network acquired the rights of the newspapers and its e-verison from the son of K. P. Kandasamy, K. P. K. Kumaran. Sun group has maintained the reputation and publishing the paper (both printed and online versions) with tremendous success up till now.
The paper is enjoyed by people of all ages and its availability online means that even people, who are abroad and cannot get hold of copy of their Thinkaran on daily basis, can have the latest news from Internet. So, in short all you need is an Internet connection and a PC and the paper is all yours.