Newspapers in British India Part 1

Newspapers in British India

Part 3

1875 to 1899

The Statesman

  • The Statesman is an Indian English-language broadsheet daily newspaper founded in 1875.
  • The Statesman is a direct descendant of two newspapers, the Bombay (now Mumbai) based Indian Statesman and The Friend of India published in Calcutta.
  • Robert Knight merged the two papers to The Statesman and New Friend of India on 15 January 1875.

The Hindu

  • The Hindu is an Indian English-language daily newspaper which began as a weekly in 1878 and became a daily in 1889.
  • The Hindu was founded in Madras on 20 September 1878 as a weekly newspaper by G. Subramania Iyer.
  • Started as a weekly newspaper, the paper became a tri-weekly in 1883 and an evening daily in 1889.
  • Hindu is currently the second most circulated English-language newspaper in India, after The Times of India.


  • Kesari is a Marathi newspaper which was founded on 4 January 1881 by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
  • The newspaper was used as a spokes piece for the Indian national freedom movement.


  • The Mahratta was the weekly English newspaper started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, on the 2nd of January 1881.
  • It was said that while the ‘Kesari’ thundered, the ‘Mahratta’ argued and persuaded.

Sanjibani Journal

  • In the year 1883, Krishna Kumar Mitra launched his Bengali journal named “Sanjibani”.
  • It was the first newspaper to announce the partition of Bengal on July 6th 1905.
  • It also depicted the condition of the workers associated with tea plantations in Assam.

Voice of India

  • Dadabhai Naoroji started the newspaper voice of India in 1883.
  • It was later incorporated it into the Indian Spectator.
  • The Voice of India was published monthly by The Bombay Gazette Steam Press in Bombay.


  • Sudharak, meaning Reformer, was a newspaper in India.
  • It was founded in 1888 by Gopal Ganesh Agarkar.
  • It was published both in English as well as Marathi languages.


Prabuddha Bharata

  • Prabuddha Bharata is an English-language monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order, in publication since July 1896.
  • Prabuddha Bharata is India’s longest running English journal.


  • Udbodhan is the only Bengali publication of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, started by Vivekananda in January 1899.
  • Before the publication of Udbodhan, the Brahmavadin and Prabuddha Bharata were being published from Madras under Vivekananda’s inspiration, but these were not the official journals of the Ramakrishna Order.