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TypeDaily newspaper
FormatPrint, online
Owner(s)Kerala State Council of the Communist Party of India
PublisherJanayugom Publications Limited
Editor-in-chiefKanam Rajendran
EditorRajaji Mathew Thomas
Founded1947; 77 years ago (1947)
Political alignmentLeft-wing
CityKollam Edit this at Wikidata
Free online

Janayugom is a Malayalam daily newspaper published in Kerala, India.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It is the official organ of the Kerala State Council of the Communist Party of India. It is the first newspaper in India using free software.[7] Originally started in 1947 as a weekly magazine from Quilon to propagate the news and views of the party, On 1953 November 16 it was converted as a daily newspaper.

The first editor was N. Gopinathan Nair (alias Velya Gopi) and the first manager R. Gopinathan Nair (alias Kochu Gopi). M.N. Govindan Nair, a senior figure in the Communist Party of India, supported the conversion of the publication from a weekly to a daily newspaper. By the 1950s, the Janayugom daily newspaper also was started and by the 70s the Janayugom family of publications had expanded to include Cinerama, a film weekly, Balayugom, a children's monthly and Janayugom Novelpathippu, a literary magazine. Later, all of these publications stopped one by one and only a monthly magazine from Calicut remained. In 2007 Janayugom was rejuvenated, now as a daily news paper. Marxist theoreticians like C. Unniraja have been its chief editors. Its chief editor is Kanam Rajendran and editor is Rajaji Mathew Thomas .

Free/open-source software

In November 2019, the newspaper migrated to open-source software. All desktops were moved to Kubuntu Linux, all image editing was moved to GIMP and all desktop publishing was moved to Scribus.[8] Savings from the use of free software was over 10 million Indian Rupees ($130,000).[9]


See also


  1. ^ RNI | Reg. No.3286/1958 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: KOLLAM | Link:
  2. ^ RNI | Reg. No.19942/1970 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: KOZHIKODE | Link:
  3. ^ RNI | Reg. No.3051/1957 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: KOLLAM | Link:
  4. ^ RNI | Reg. No.KERMAL/2007/26835 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: KOCHI | Link:
  5. ^ RNI | Reg. No.KERMAL/2007/26836 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | Link:
  6. ^ RNI | Reg. No.KERMAL/2012/45302 | Name:JANAYUGOM | Publication City: KANNUR | Link:
  7. ^ "Free, open-source software will offer solutions to IT startups: Pinarayi". The New Indian Express.
  8. ^ "Janayugom, the South Indian daily newspaper, has migrated all its infrastructure to Free Software, using Scribus for layout, Kubuntu as the operating system, and KDE Plasma for the desktop". 11 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Free, open-source software will offer solutions to IT startups: Pinarayi". The New Indian Express.