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  • Bunny

    March 23, 2024 at 10:34 am
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    The first Indian newspaper was called “Bengal Gazette,” also known as the “Calcutta General Advertiser.” It was published by James Augustus Hickey, an Irishman, on January 29, 1780, in Calcutta (now Kolkata), which was the capital of British India at that time.

    The Bengal Gazette was a weekly publication that covered a variety of topics including local news, international affairs, and advertisements. It was written in English and targeted primarily the European community in Calcutta.

    Hickey started the newspaper with the intention of providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and information. However, it faced significant challenges from the colonial administration, which was wary of a publication that could potentially criticize British rule.

    Despite facing opposition and legal troubles, the Bengal Gazette managed to continue publication for a few years. Its content ranged from political commentary to social issues, and it played a role in shaping public opinion during that period.

    The newspaper was significant as it marked the beginning of the print media in India. It paved the way for the establishment of a vibrant and diverse newspaper industry that played a crucial role in India’s struggle for independence and in shaping public discourse in the country.

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