TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Muslim Printing and Publishing Company
  • A. K. Kunjumayin Haji
  • Sattar Sait
  • K. M. Seethi Sahib
PublisherP. K. K. Bava
EditorKamal Varadur
Founded1932; 92 years ago (1932), Tellicherry (Malabar District)
Political alignmentCentre-right
Free online

Chandrika (lit.'The Crescent') is an Indian daily newspaper in Malayalam language published from Kozhikode, Kerala.[3][1] The newspaper currently serves as the mouthpiece of Indian Union Muslim League party in Kerala.[3][4]

The Chandrika started publishing from Tellicherry (1932) as a monthly platform for north Kerala Muslim community uplift and with a 'reformist' orientation.[3][1] Its establishment was led by leading local Muslims such as A. K. Kunjumayin Haji, Sattar Sait and K. M. Seethi Sahib.[1] K. K. Muhammad Shafi and C. P. Mammu Keyi were first editor and managing editor of the publication respectively.[3] It became a daily newspaper in 1939.[1] The daily played a significant role in the development of the Muslim community of north Kerala.[5] It moved its headquarters to Calicut in 1946.[1]

C. H. Muhammed Koya, the future Education Minister of Kerala, served as a sub-editor and the editor of Chandrika in the 1940s.[3] Former Union Minister E. Ahamed was once the reporter of the daily and later served in the board of directors.[6] The daily currently represents 'traditionalist' orientation among the Kerala Muslims.[3]

The daily currently has printing centres in Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kottayam, and in United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam), Bahrain, and Qatar (Doha).

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Miller, Roland E. (2015). Mappila Muslim Culture. State University of New York Press. p. 333.
  2. ^ Natarajan, J. (2017) [1955]. History of Indian Journalism. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India. p. 246. ISBN 9788123024271.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Miller, Roland E. (1976). Mappila Muslims of Kerala: A Study in Islamic Trends. Orient Longman. pp. 161, 290 and 296–97.
  4. ^ Kurian, Jose (6 October 2016). "IUML's Mouthpiece Chandrika Daily to Sell Headquarters". Deccan Chronicle.
  5. ^ Miller, Roland. E (1987). "Mappila". The Encyclopedia of Islam. Vol. VI. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 464.
  6. ^ Jacob, Jayanth (2 February 2017). "E Ahamed, Consummate Politician, Skilled Negotiator and Football Fan". Hindustan Times.