Established in 1863, Gujaratmitra completed a glorious 150 years of its existence in September 2013. A very few newspapers in the whole country have had the privilege of claiming this rare distinction of having successfully achieved this feat. The Gujaratmitra in spite of many ups and downs, financial crisis' and amidst the changing political scenario during all these years has managed to survive all odds and come up an unscathed winner. It has all along upheld its balanced policies of fearless, unbiased and dependable reporting and continues to do so even today.
The Gujaratmitra has traversed through the sands of time for the past century and a half and has been a part and parcel to everything that has happened during these years in and around the city, state, nation and the world. It has not only been a witness to the political upheavals, the freedom struggle, the socio-economic and cultural changes during all these years, but has been a friend, philosopher, guide, leader and catalyst to the changing times. It has also stood upright as a sentinel of democracy, and undauntedly listened to and righteously conveyed the voice of the people in times of need, be it the Pardi Ghasia Satyagrah lead by Ishwarbhai Desai in Bardoli or the fight for a separate university for South Gujarat or an air connectivity for Surat, the Gujaratmitra has always strongly and fearlessly fought for and supported public causes for the betterment of its people and the region.
The Gujaratmitra is immensely popular in the South Gujarat region which includes the financially prosperous city of Surat and industrial towns like Vapi, Valsad, Navsari, Bardoli, Bharuch and Ankleshwar while making rapid strides in Central Gujarat covering Vadodara, Panchmahal, Dahod-Godhra, Kheda & Anand.
In all these years it has earned the love of all its readers. It has also earned the trust and respect of the intelligentsia, bureaucrats, political leaders irrespective of party and policies and the masses in general of this region. It is hailed for its balanced news & views, its neutral policies and unbiased coverage.
Therefore, to this day the Gujaratmitra has always been a fore-runner and leader in giving voice to the public issues of Surat and the surrounding areas of South Gujarat and by doing so it has maintained its identity and image as a spokesperson and newspaper of the people of Surat and South Gujarat.