Ashok Kumar Sarkar

Ashok Kumar Sarkar
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Scottish Church College
Years active 1958-1983
Children Aveek Sarkar Arup Sarkar Adhip Sarkar Asani Sarkar Sarbani Rath
Parent(s) Prafulla Kumar Sarkar

Ashok Kumar Sarkar (7 October, 1912 – 17 February, 1983) was the editor-in-chief and owner of Anandabazar Patrika and ABP Group from 1958 to 1983 after death of Prafulla Kumar Sarkar the inaugural editor of Anandabazar Patrika.[1]

Early life

Ashok Kumar Sarkar was born in a Bengali Hindu family, the only child of Prafulla Kumar Sarkar. He was a graduate of the Scottish Church College.[2] In 1957 he became an editor of the Desh magazine and a director of ABP Group. In 1958 upon the death of Prafulla Kumar Sarkar he became the second editor-in-chief of Anandabazar Patrika. He was among the first Indian journalists to start offset printing in newspapers. He organised an exhibition on Bengali printing in 1978 on the occasion of 200 yrs anniversary of the publication of first Bengali grammar by Nathaniel Brassey Halhed in 1778.


  1. red ink printing, Ananda Bazar Patrika Uniqueness. "Ananda Bazar Patrika Uniqueness" (PDF). Pabitra Kumar Mukherji.
  2. Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 588
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