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Vartha Bharathi
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Head office building at Baikampadi, Mangalore
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The Community Media Trust
Publisher Abdussalam Puthige
Editor Abdussalam Puthige
News editor B.M. Bashir
Founded 29 August 2003
Political alignment Local Congress
Language Kannada
Headquarters Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Varatha Bharathi (Kannada: ವಾತಾ೯ ಭಾರತಿ) also spelled as Vartha Bharati or Vartha Bharathi, is a Kannada daily News paper (ಕನ್ನಡ ದಿನಪತ್ರಿಕೆ) published simultaneously from Bangalore and Mangalore.[1] It was launched in August 2003. Its main focus was to provide voice and due representation to the deprived and marginalised sections of the society. Janapith and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr.U.R.Anantha Murthy was a great admirer and a regular contributor to this newspaper. Once, in a public meeting he called vartha bharati "The Guardian of Karnataka. The Guardian is the best and most honest newspaper of England, and has created a revolution in the whole of its nation. In the same way, Vartha Bharathi is Karnataka's Guardian," he lauded. Abdussalam Puthige,[2] the editor-in-chief of Varthabharati was inspired by veteran journalist Vaddarse Raghuram Shetty, who had launched Mungaru Kannada daily back in 1984.[3] Mungaru was well known for its generous policy of providing fair representation to all castes, communities and sections of the society. It left a significant mark in the history of Kannada journalism by identifying and nurturing several talents from Dalit, Muslim, Christian and Backward Communities.[4] Numerous well-known Kannada leftist, social activists and Dalit ideologues including U. R. Ananthamurthy, U. B. Banakar, Dr. Niranjan Aradhya, write regularly for the paper.[5]

Special issues[edit]

Copies of Vaartha Bhaarathi
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah released the 14th annual issue of Vartha Bharati at his office on 13 October 2016
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah released the 13th annual issue of Vartha Bharati at his office on 5 October 2015
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah released the 12th annual issue of Vartha Bharati at his office on 12 October 2014

Awards and Accolades[edit]

  • N. Ram, the former editor-in-chief of the Hindu, congratulated the daily for being a voice of the weaker section of the society for over a decade.[10]
  • Siddaramaiah commended Vartha Bharati for espousing the cause of all sections of society despite being a newspaper with a Muslim management.[9]
  • Mahesh Bhatt lauded Vartha Bharati by saying "Secularism is still alive in India, and we need to raise our voices against anti-secularists, just as Vartha Bharathi is doing. Vartha Bharathi has been doing what each Indian needs to do."[7][11][12]
  • Vartha Bharathi has been awarded by Karnataka chapter of the Transparency International India for its quality journalism.[13]
  • The book published by collecting the weekly column Bhoomi geete by the ecologist Dr. T.S. Vivekananda's won him the Karnataka Literature Academy Award for the year 2005.

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Too few Dalits in media: Ram