Kiran Thakur

Founder & Chairman,

Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-op Society

Advisory Editor, Tarun Bharat, Belgaum

Transforming Swarajya into Surajya is the motto of Lokmanya Society

by Kiran Thakur

About Kiran Thakur

Founder & Chairman, Lokmanya Society, Advisory Editor, Tarun Bharat, Belgaum

Shri Kiran Dhondopant Thakur, also known as Baburao, serves as the Chairman of both the ‘Lokmanya Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd’ and the ‘Tarun Bharat Trust’. Born on April 7, 1952, in Belgaum, he is deeply involved in various social, cultural, and educational endeavors in the Belgaum region. Graduating in science, his passion for journalism ignited early, leading him to earn a Diploma in Journalism from the Rajendra Prasad College of Mass Communications, Mumbai. His journalistic journey commenced as a Sports Reporter for his father’s newspaper, “Tarun Bharat,” in 1968, and by assuming the role of Editor in 1979, he modernized Tarun Bharat significantly.

Tarun Bharat

Shri Kiran Thakur, accredited by the Government of Maharashtra, began his journalistic career in 1968 as a Sports Reporter. By 1979, he assumed the editorship of ‘Tarun Bharat,’ overseeing its modernization with Offset Printing in 1980 and launching its Internet Edition in 1999. ‘Tarun Bharat’ dominates as the leading daily in Belgaum, Goa, Sindhudurg, and Ratnagiri Districts, with a circulation of over 150,000 copies and a readership exceeding 1.5 million. Kiran Thakur’s international engagements include a German Government-sponsored tour for Asian Journalists. He is a member of ABC and INS and currently presides over the Maharashtra Press Institute, Nasik.

The Legacy behind the Society

The legacy of two incredible personalities – Baburao Thakur and Mai Thakur – who had given their blood and sweat to India’s freedom struggle, Sanyukta Maharashtra Movement, Goa Liberation Movement, Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute and many other social issues; has blessed Tarun Bharat newspaper and Lokmanya Society. Baburao Thakur, the Founder Editor of Tarun Bharat built a legacy of fighting injustice by staying true to his principles of transparency and truth, in both journalism and social empowerment.

From being a freedom fighter to a journalist fighting for the truth, and from a social worker who stood up against social evils to a philanthropist who worked for strengthening education and societal development; it is difficult to understand which of Baburao Thakur’s role was the most impactful. His body of work is not just an inspiration, but a guiding light for the future generations.

Nurtured by Baburao Thakur’s dedication and hard work, Tarun Bharat recently completed its 100-year journey. His principles, commitment and drive have been seamlessly passed on to the next generation.
As Tarun Bharat’s Editor, Shri. Kiran Thakur has inaugurated many cooperative societies in Belgaum and its neighbourhood. He has devoted himself and his life to empower the underprivileged who have the ambitions and a will to work hard.

Through health camps, free clinics, sports competitions and village adoption program, he has continuously tried to bring the underprivileged into the mainstream of the society. Shri. Kiran Thakur and Lokmanya are driven by the idea of making this beautiful world, even better.


Prizes & Awards Received by Shri Kiran Thakur

Dr. N. B. Parulekar Award for Journalism in 2001

S. V. Kirloskar Trust Award in 2004

Raosaheb Gogte Award for Entrepreneurship in 1999

Acharya Atre Award for Journalism in 2015

Vocational Award from Rotary Club for Outstanding performance in the educational field

Shahu Award (Inchalkarnji)

Kokan Bhushan Puraskar by Sawantwadi Nagar parishad

Lions Club Life Time Achievement Award, Pune. In 2014

Maharshi Narad Patrakarita Puraskar, Pune in 2014

Sushiladevi Deshmukh Patrakarita Puraskar, Latur in 2010

Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence 2022

Jagatik Marathi Chamber of Commerce Udyojagata Puraskar, Mumbai in 2013

Rotary Leadership Award for outstanding Leadership in the Field of cooperative movement and Journalism in 2014.

Words of appreciation from the change makers

The mission of Lokmanya Society has always been to strengthen the people. In our journey thus far, our efforts have received support and recognition from individuals who have devoted their lives to society. These words inspire us to do more, continuously.