Hindi Journalism Day: Honoring voices

On May 30, 2024, Hindi Journalism Day will be observed with reverence and pride, commemorating the inception of Hindi journalism with the publication of the first Hindi newspaper, Udant Martand, in 1826. This historic event, initiated by Pandit Jugal Kishore Shukla in Kolkata, marked a pivotal moment in the history of Indian journalism. Despite facing financial hurdles, Shukla’s pioneering effort laid the groundwork for the growth of Hindi journalism.

| Updated: 30 May, 2024 7:05 pm IST

NEW DELHI:On May 30, 2024, Hindi Journalism Day will be observed with reverence and pride, commemorating the inception of Hindi journalism with the publication of the first Hindi newspaper, Udant Martand, in 1826. This historic event, initiated by Pandit Jugal Kishore Shukla in Kolkata, marked a pivotal moment in the history of Indian journalism. Despite facing financial hurdles, Shukla’s pioneering effort laid the groundwork for the growth of Hindi journalism.

Before Udant Martand, newspapers in India were predominantly published in English, Persian, and Bengali. Recognizing the need for a Hindi voice, Shukla ventured forth, igniting a flame that continues to burn brightly today. Although Udant Martand ceased publication due to financial constraints, its significance reverberates through the corridors of time.

Over the years, the importance of Hindi journalism has soared, with over 1,000 Hindi newspapers circulating millions of copies daily across India. Publications like Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, Navbharat Times, Hindustan Dainik, and Rajasthan Patrika have not only embraced the digital era but have also expanded their reach through websites, YouTube channels, and social media platforms.

In the realm of electronic media, Hindi news channels such as India TV, News 18 India, ABP News, Zee News, Aaj Tak, NDTV India, and News 24 have emerged as beacons of information, delivering news in flexible ways to a diverse audience. Their role in ensuring access to news and information in a language people understand cannot be overstated, fostering informed opinions and active democratic participation.

Prominent Hindi journalists like Ravish Kumar, Abhigyan Prakash, Rajat Sharma, and Sweta Singh have made indelible marks in the field, enriching the journalistic landscape with their expertise and dedication. Ravish Kumar, a senior executive editor at NDTV India, stands tall as a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, while Abhigyan Prakash’s transition from English to Hindi broadcasting underscores the language’s growing prominence.

On this auspicious occasion, Speaking on the significance of Hindi Journalism Day, Professor Govind Singh of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication remarked, “Hindi Journalism Day is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of Jugal Kishore Shukla and celebrates the growth of Hindi journalism amidst challenges. It is a day to recognize the importance of delivering news in our native language.”Dhananjay Chopra, a distinguished figure in media studies, emphasized, “In a world where voices are often silenced, Hindi journalism raises its voice, advocating for truth and democracy. Hindi Journalism Day underscores the indispensable role of journalists in keeping the public informed.”

Hindi Journalism Day serves as a poignant reminder of the pivotal role journalism plays in democracy.As we celebrate Hindi Journalism Day, let us acknowledge the resilience and dedication of journalists who tirelessly strive to provide accurate information, ensuring that the public remains well-informed about current events. Hindi journalism not only serves as a pillar of democracy but also as a testament to the power of language in shaping narratives and fostering unity amidst diversity.

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