Deepika

Deepika in Kochi is a Malayalam newspaper, which is one of the oldest newspapers of Kochi. Deepika is a Malayalam daily which is published from Kochi, Kannur, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur.

Deepika of Kochi was owned by the Catholic Church of Kerala, but presently the newspaper is owned by a NRI businessman in Kochi. It is noteworthy that Deepika has a long history of its resurgence. It is said that Deepika was first published by a Syrian Christian priest under the assistance of Nazrani Deepika. As it is suggested by the name, Deepika is, indeed, a light that illuminates the common masses of Kochi about the prevalent socio-political issues of Kochi.

It is noteworthy that the Deepika at Kochi is popular among the Catholic of the Syrin tradition of Kerala: Syro Malabar Nasranis are also the chief readers of Deepika. Since its genesis, the newspaper was run by a branch of the Roman Catholic Church in Kochi, but in 1989, Deepika was taken over by a private company, which was renamed as 'Rashtra Deepika Limited'.

As a result, it can be said that Deepika of Kochi unfolds a long history. It is interesting to note that Deepika has been involved in a controversy for some time: there was a huge controversy regarding the role of the newspaper in the socio-political scenario of Kochi. Apart from being the reflection of the contemporary Kochi society; the aim of the newspaper had slightly shifted to the political aspect of the society of Kochi, where it was operating under the influence of one of the major political parties of Kochi. When the Church investigated this, the existence of the newspaper came at stake. However, the Church no longer owns the newspaper. The newspaper operates under a private company of Kochi.

Last Updated on : 30/08/2013