Vartha Bharathi
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Community Media Trust
Founder(s)Abdussalam Puthige
PublisherAbdussalam Puthige
EditorAbdussalam Puthige
News editorB.M. Bashir
Founded29 August 2003
HeadquartersMangalore, Karnataka, India.
Free online

Vartha Bharati (Kannada: ವಾರ್ತಾ ಭಾರತಿ) also spelled as Vartha Bharathi is a Kannada daily News paper (ಕನ್ನಡ ದಿನಪತ್ರಿಕೆ) published simultaneously from Bangalore , Mangalore and Shimoga.[1] It was launched in August 2003. It is one of nine state level Kannada Daily newspapers of Karnataka, as recognized by the Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Karnataka.[2]

Its main focus was to provide voice and due representation to the deprived and marginalised sections. Janapith and Padma Bhushan awardee U. R. Anantha Murthy was a great admirer and a regular contributor to this newspaper. In a public meeting, he called Vartha Bharati "The Guardian of Karnataka", saying that "The Guardian has created a revolution in the whole of its nation. In the same way, Vartha Bharathi is Karnataka's Guardian." Abdussalam Puthige,[3] the editor-in-chief of Varthabharati was inspired by veteran journalist Vaddarse Raghuram Shetty, who had launched Mungaru Kannada daily back in 1984.[4] 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, Muslim, Christian and backward Communities.[5]

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.[6] In 2017, a Vartha Bharati journalist was detained and served a showcause notice by the Dakshina Kannada police. The notice was later stayed by the Karnataka High Court.[7] In 2017, Vartha Bharati's social media page was blocked by Facebook. Though it was later restored, there was no clear explanation as to why it happened.[8]

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Copies of Vaartha Bhaarathi
Head office building at Baikampadi, Mangalore

Awards and accolades

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See also


  1. ^ "".
  2. ^ "Home - Department of Information and Public Relations". Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  3. ^ Staff Correspondent (2 September 2012). "People should respect all religions, says Heggade". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Noted journalist Vaddarse is dead | Bengaluru News - Times of India".
  5. ^ "Vaddarse Raghurama Shetty : Remembering a Fearless Journo".
  6. ^ "The Muslim Kannadiga". 16 August 2008.
  7. ^ Ameerudheen, T. A. "In coastal Karnataka, arrest of journalist for 'false report' leads to claims of police vendetta". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  8. ^ Ameerudheen, T. A. "No clear explanation: Why Facebook blocked a Kannada newspaper twice in the last 30 days". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Film maker and human rights activist Mahesh Bhat will inaugurate the readers' convention of 'Vartha Bharathi' Kannada daily at Town Hall here on September 14. Central University of Karnataka chancellor UR Ananthamurthy will release the 10th annual commemorative issue of the daily". The Times of India.
  10. ^ a b "Stand up before it is too late: URA". Deccan Herald. 15 September 2012.
  11. ^ Naeem Siddeeq. "Media must support moderate voices: Mahesh Bhatt at 'Vartha Bharati' decennial celebration".
  12. ^ a b Staff Reporter (28 September 2013). "Too few Dalits in media: Ram". The Hindu.
  13. ^ Naeem Siddeeq. "Vartha Bharathi celebrates 11th anniversary".
  14. ^ "Mangalore: Mahesh Bhatt Lauds Vartha Bharathi on Completing a Decade".
  15. ^ Naeem Siddeeq. "Mahesh Bhatt to inaugurate 'Vartha Bharati' readers' convention".
  16. ^ "Vartha Bharathi awarded by Transparency International". 26 March 2009.