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Front Page of Visalaandhra Daily with ads blurred out
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Visalaandhra Vignana Samiti
EditorRV Rama Rao
Founded1952; 70 years ago (1952)
Political alignmentCommunist
HeadquartersVijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Circulation116287 (combined circulation of 5 editions)[1] (as of 2014)

Visalaandhra is an Indian Telugu-language daily newspaper established on 22 June 1952 in Vijayawada.[2][3] The state Communist party of India decided to rename then daily Prajasakti to Visalaandhra (A combination of two words Visala meaning large or vast and Andhra meaning the region of Andhra Pradesh) with the slogan of having a single state for the Telugu speaking people. This newspaper was phenomenal in naming the newly formed state as Andhra Pradesh. It played a key role in opposing both the 1969 Separate Telangana movement and 1972 Jai Andhra movement. As of 2015, it is being published from 7 centres. The daily also celebrated its diamond jubilee year in 2012.[4]


Visalaandhra started as a first Telugu daily. The main aim of the daily was to unite all the Telugu speaking public who were disbursed because of the British rule. The historical goal of the newspaper thus was to have a state formed on linguistic basis. Communist publications started as Navasakti periodical on 15 December 1937 from Rajamahendri. This got closed down during World War II. Later, it was published as Swatantra Bharat - a secret magazine. In 1942, still later, it was published as a weekly with name Prajasakti vaarapatrika.[5]


  1. ^ "Press In India 2013-14 (Ownership of Publications, page 210 in pdf)" (PDF). Office of the Registrar of newspapers for India. Retrieved 16 November 2015..
  2. ^ "Visalandhra maintaining quality of information". The Hindu. No. Vishakhapatnam City Edition. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  3. ^ About statement on Visalaandhra website
  4. ^ Bendalam, Krishna Rao. మేటి పత్రికలు-విశాలాంధ్ర, వార్తలు ఎలా రాయాలి. Hyderabad: Rishi publications. pp. 422–423.
  5. ^ About statement on Visalaandhra website