List of Odissa Newspapers. In Odissa, print journalism has over a century’s history, driven first by missionaries and later by reformist movements. The media industry in Odissa, much like the others around the world, has been intricately linked to the region’s contemporary socio-political scenario. Consequently, it has witnessed major shifts over time, primarily in relation to changes in political regimes and their policies.
Published with the aim to promote Odia culture while holding government policies accountable, Bodha Dayini was the first Odia magazine. It was launched in 1861 from Balasore. Later, in 1866, the first Odia newspaper — Utkal Deepika — came into being. Under the influence of Bichitrananda and Gouri Shankar Ray (editor), the paper strived for the unification of Odia-speaking regions and safeguarding Odia interests. Promoting the Odia language and literature was also one of its main agendas.
In 1869, the Utkal Subhakari came into being, under the tutelage of Bhagvati Charan Das of the Brahmo Samaj. This period in the late 19th century Odissa (then a part of the Bengal Presidency) saw a great flourish in newspaper publication, resulting in several newspapers such as Utkal Patra, Utkal Hiteisini, Utkal Darpan, Sambada Vahika, and Sambalpur Hiteisini, among others. In part, this surge was being driven by the rising nationalist movements against the Colonial regime. Naturally, they were quite vocal in their commentary on the freedom of press and expression.
In 1905, the first English newspaper in Odissa came into being. Named the Star of Utkal, it from published from Cuttack by Babu Khirod Ray Choudhury. At the time of rampant starvations in 1907-08, this newspaper led the critical voices against the Food Policy of the contemporary Bengal Government.
Nearly a decade later, in 1913, journalist Sashibhushan Rath founded Asha, a weekly newspaper which marked the beginning of a new phase for Odissa’s media. Especially popular among the citizens of the Ganja area, it drove substantial public opinion in favor of separate and autonomous Odissa province. Through the writings of many renowned and motivating personalities, it also spoke for the betterment of the Odia language.
That apart, The Odia, Navya Bharat, Swaraj, Dainik Asha, and Odia Daily, were some of the prominent newspapers in the pre-independence era.
Following Independence, Odissa’s journalistic landscape took a sharp turn towards Trade Unionism, abandoning its erstwhile missionary intentions. In this, Dr. H.K. Mahapatra — the founder of Prajatantra (1930) — played a major role among others. In 1948, the English daily named The Eastern Time was launched as a sister newspaper of Prajatantra.
The Cuttack edition of Amrit Bazar Patrika, as well as Matrubhumi, Kalinga, The Janashakti, and Dharitri, were some other post-independence newspapers. It’s interesting to note that most of these Odia newspapers which, to a great extent, is still the case today. Nonetheless, there’s a substantial readership in the region, alongside a strong preference for regional and linguistic sentiments.
List of Odia Newspapers
3 Orissa Post
6 Orissa Diary
7 Odisha Reporter
8 Odisha Bhaskar
9 Nijukti Khabar
10 The Samaya
11 The Samaja
12 Odia Pua
13 Odisha Samachar
16 The Anupam Bharat
17 Prameya News7
18 Odisha TV
19 Kalinga TV
20 Kanak News
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