The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 1,80,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 2,30,000.
The Statesman passed another milestone on 18th June, 1998. Readers in North Bengal, Lower Assam, Sikkim and some hills in the North-east are now serviced by an edition printed in Siliguri where The Statesman has its premises, staff and press. It is an affirmation of The Statesman's commitment to Bengal, where it has had its home for over 100 years.