Dainik Prantajyoti – Bengali Newspaper (Silchar, Assam)

Dainik Prantajyoti - Bengali Newspaper (Silchar, Assam)

Talking of newspaper, one just cannot overlook the Dainik Prantajyoti. This newspaper started it journey as a fortnightly in the year 1957 on 12th January. It is one of the oldest newspapers and it was named ‘Jyoti’. But later the name had to be changed because another newspaper had the same name. in 1961 when the whole of Assam was fighting against the government’s decision to scrap off the Bengali language, Prantojyoti played a pivotal role in supporting the people. Jyotirindra Chandra Dutta or popularly known as Kalada was the founder person of the newspaper. He started a telegram which was published daily as a postcard to upgrade information about the regular events of mass agitation. Gradually he got supporters and readers increased, so he came out with the first newspaper daily in the Barak Valley named Dainik Prantojyoti. Dainik prantojyoti became famous with the people with its impartial views. But in a sad accident of fire the machinery of the press got destroyed. Kalada found it very difficult to carry on with the newspaper as he had to start again from the scratch. So unable to cope he passed on the works and everything to some young people who were upcoming media barons. He passed the baton to Manish Das and Subrata Paul. But somehow Dainik Prantojyoti again came back in the market under the guidance of journalist Paresh Dutta. Paresh Dutta with his team of efficient journalist and crew gave new life to Dainik Prantojyoti. He published the first copy of the second innings on 9th may 2009. The newspaper surpassed all records of selling with its first circulation. Now they are planning to expand the newspaper even more.