List of Newspapers in India
Newspapers have played a major role in Indian history and are continuously doing the same. It is a topic of pride to say that currently, India is the biggest newspapers market in the world. Presently in India, there are around 6,700 registered publications that sell over 28 crores copies every day.
The main reason behind these huge success newspapers in the Indian market is that over the year they have become a part of every household, 'early morning of every Indian is incomplete without a cup of tea along with a newspaper.' The developing interest in newspapers in every age group also helped increase the country's literacy rate.
History of Newspapers in India
Newspapers were first introduced in India on 29 January 1780. James Augustus Hicky published these during British rule. It was named 'The Bengal Gazette', also known as 'Calcutta General Advertiser' and 'Hicky's Gazette'.
Between the late 18th century and early 19th century, the period was framed as the golden era of newspapers in India. During this period, one more Newspaper also started getting published, known as the 'Calcutta Chronicle'. A group of merchants started it. One of the earliest newspapers in India printed the problems of local people and their lives like 'Sati Pratha'.
Top Newspapers in India
1. Dainik Jagran
Dainik Jagran is among the oldest running Newspapers in India, the Newspaper is printed in the Hindi language, and it's among the most sold newspapers in India. Every day over 17 million people read these newspapers in India. Dainik Jagran is ranked 5th in the world's best newspapers list. The Newspaper is published by Jagran Prakashan Limited, which is also listed on India's stock exchanges.
Dainik Jagran was published during British rule in 1942 by Puran Chandra Gupta, JC Arya and many more. The Newspaper was first published in Jhansi, and following its success, it gets spread to Kanpur, Rewa, and Bhopal currently, it is getting published in over 60 cities.
Hindustan Newspaper is among the oldest running newspapers in India. The Newspaper is printed in the Hindi language, and it's among the most sold newspapers in India every day. Over 15 million people read these newspapers in India and around the world.
Based on the Audit Bureau of Circulation research, Hindustan Newspaper is ranked at 13th position in the world's most trustworthy newspapers list. In India, the Hindustan newspaper is currently published in 21 different editions of the Hindi language. Some of them are Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, etc.
The Newspaper was started getting published during British rule in 1936 by Madan Mohan Malaviya, and the Newspaper played a key role in India's fight for Independence.
3. Dainik Bhaskar
Dainik Bhaskar is one of the most trusted newspapers in India. The Newspaper is printed in the Hindi language and is owned by the Dainik Bhaskar Group. It's among the most read newspapers in India every day. Over 14 million people read these newspapers in India. Dainik Bhaskar is the most spread Newspaper in India at present. It is published in over 12 states with 65 different editions from which most sold are in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages.
Initially, Dainik Bhaskar was started getting published with the name the 'Subah Savere' in the Hindi language in 1948 in Bhopal and Good Morning India in Gwalior. Still, in 1958, it was renamed with its current name Dainik Bhaskar which means 'A Rising Sun'.
4. Malayala Manorama
There is no doubt in saying Malayala Manorma is one of India's oldest running newspapers. It started getting published during the British rule in 1888; the Newspaper is printed in the Malayalam language from its publish house Malayala Manorma Company Limited, located in Kottayam, Kerala.
It is also the second oldest Newspaper published in the Malayalam language after Deepika, which was started getting published in 1887. Presently Malayala Manorma is 4th most read newspaper in India, with around 10 million people. Every day, most of the readers of these newspapers belong to South India because it is printed in the regional language only.
5. Daily Thanthi
Daily Thanthi is the Tamil language published Newspaper; it started getting published surfing British rule in 1942, by S.P Adithanar.
It is the largest printed newspaper in the Tamil language and the ninth most spread Newspaper in India. The Newspaper is spread in over 16 different cities of south India, and it is also among the very few Newspaper which is also printed on an international level in Dubai.
6. Rajasthan Patrika
Rajasthan Patrika is printed in the Hindi language, and the newspaper was started getting published by Kapoor Chandra Kulish in 1956.
Rajasthan Patrika is printed in 9 different states of India and is currently the fourth most-read Newspaper in India.
7. The Times of India
Times of India is one of India's most popular English newspapers. The Newspaper is published and managed under The Times Group. It is the third most circulated newspaper in India and the most sold newspaper in India and the world in English. The Newspaper is also famous with other names like The Old Lady of Bori Bunder and Newspaper of Record.
It started getting published in the year 1838, but at that time, it was named The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce; during this period, the newspaper was printed twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday. Robert Knight gave the current name of the Newspaper in the year 1861.
Mathrubhumi is a Kerala based newspaper printed in the Malayalam language. The idea behind publishing these Newspapers was given by K. P. Kesava Menon, who was a freedom fighter.
The meaning of the newspaper name Mathrubhumi is Motherland (where we were born). At present, it is the second most read newspaper in Kerala. Along with that, they also prink weekly magazines and many other supplements.
The Newspaper is published in Marathi languages and is mostly read in Maharashtra and nearby cities. Lokmat is also published in two more languages, Hindi and English, with the names Lokmat Samachar and Lokmat Times. Currently, in India, over six million copies of these Newspapers are published every day, making it the 10th most read Newspaper in India.
Lokmat started getting published in 1971 and was founded by Jawaharlal Darda.
10. Amar Ujala
Amar Ujala is a Hindi language newspaper. It is the seventh most-read newspaper in India, with a total readership of around 8 million every day.
Amar Ujala was published for the first time in 1948; Murari Lal Maheshwari and Dori Lal Agarwal were the founders of these Newspapers. Currently, Amar Ujala is printed in more than 21 different editions, and the Newspaper is circulated in 6 states and 2 Union territories of India.