Krishnarao Pandurang, Bhalekar It was India's first newspaper that specifically catered to the working class. The weekly articulated the peasants' and workers' complaints. Krishnarao Pandurang Bhalekar (1850–1910) created Deenbandhu as an avenue for Jotirao Phule's Satyashodhak Samaj. He published its first issue on July 20, 1866.
Phule had launched another paper called Bharatmanjari a year earlier but it failed to attract readers due to its expensive price. So, he decided to create his own newspaper that would be available free at all schools and offices across Vidarbha region where he was popular. The goal was to promote education among the masses and also to expose the atrocities being done by the government officials in charge of such matters as police torture, etc.
Pandurang Bhalekar was a lawyer by profession and also one of the main organizers of the Indian National Movement. He was responsible for publishing Jotirao Phule's writings in his newspaper Deenbandhu. This collaboration resulted in the creation of many more newspapers in other parts of Maharashtra state. These included: Dharamrao Haraata in Marathi which was published from Dhule from 1872 to 1890; and Rajaram Rajane in Konkani which was published from Ratnagiri from 1875 to 1880.
Krishnarao Pandurang, Bhalekar (1856-1924), was an Indian journalist who founded Dinabandhu, a Bengali-language daily published from Calcutta (now Kolkata). He began publishing the paper in 1887. It became very popular and played an important role in the freedom movement of Bengal.
Dinabandhu was first issued from the office of Bharatendu Harishchandra on Park Street in 1887. It then moved to Curzon Street before settling down at 12A/1A Chandernagore Road in 1890. The building is now known as "The Press Club of India" and has been converted into a hotel. Krishnaraj Pandurang Bhalerao was its founder editor. Other well-known editors include his son Pradyot Kumar Bhalerao and grandson Pradyot Kumar Bhalerao Jr. After many changes, it finally closed down in 1989.
Bhalerao was one of the leading journalists of his time and had many achievements to his name. He worked for several newspapers including Sambadrao, Akhand Vikas, Andhari, etc.
Samachar Darpan was India's first Bengali newspaper. It was published in the early part of the nineteenth century by the Baptist Missionary Society and the Baptist Missionary press in Serampore. It was edited by John Clark Marshman and released on May 23, 1818. Samachar Darpan had a regular publication from 1818 to 1855 when it was merged with Raja Ram Mohun Roy's Brahmo (now called Asiatic Journal).
Babu Raja Ram Mohun Roy founded the paper on which he worked as an editor for several years before it was taken over by others. He then started another new paper named Bharatoday but it also failed because of some personal issues involved.
So, both these papers were very successful at first but later they lost their popularity due to some reasons. Today, only one paper is being published in this series: Samachar Darpan. It is being published continuously since 1855.
In addition to this, there are some other newspapers written in Bengali: Ananda Bazar Patrika from 1857, Swadeshini from 1875, Prabasi from 1880, Probalangal from 1890, etc. But they are not so popular as Samachar Darpan and Bharatoday.
Ganga Kishore Bhattacharya's Although some historians argue that Ganga Kishore Bhattacharya's Bengali weekly Bengal Gazetti or Vangal Gazette began publishing earlier, it is widely regarded as the first Indian-language newspaper... Darpan Samachar
|Circulation||c. 400 (in 1836)|
The Dainik Bhaskar D.B Corporation Limited owns the Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar. Ramesh Chandra Agarwal launched the publication in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in 1958. It has been called the "Dainik Jagran" since its inception.
Its readership consists of an estimated 60 million people across India. The newspaper is published in tabloid format with wide-ranging coverage including national, state, international, business, financial news. It also publishes special editions for various occasions such as Dussehra, Christmas, Easter, Independence Day etc.
It has won several awards over the years including National Awards from Government of India for Best Newspaper Feature Story in 1970, 1975 and 1990; and State Award for Best Reporter's Work from Madhya Pradesh Press Council in 1992.
In 2008, the circulation of the paper was estimated to be around 1.5 million copies per day.
DB Corp Ltd bought the newspaper for Rs 70 crore (US$12 million) in 2008 from its founder R.C. Agarwal after he fell out with his partners. He still runs another prominent Hindi daily, Bharat Daily, which is not owned by the corporation.