Barak Valley, which is located in the southern region of the beautiful Indian state of Assam. The beautiful valley is named after the river Barak which flows within it. The Barak Valley mainly consists of three administrative districts of Assam, that is Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi. The main city of the valley is Silchar. It is the headquarters of Cachar district in Assam, and the state’s second largest city. Like any other places in Assam, Barak Valley is also a beautiful place with rivers, tea gardens, waterfalls, etc. Because of its natural beauty, its rich and diversified culture, it attracts tourists in great numbers. However, it is not just limited to its natural beauty. Talking about its media houses, there are many media houses in Barak Valley, which are serving the people of the valley ay for many decades.
Let us now find out the top 6 media houses in Barak Valley:
- Dainik Jugasankha
Dainik Jugasankha, is a bengali daily newspaper. It was born on 13th December, 1950. Dainik Jugasankha was founded by Barta Bhagirath Baidyanath Nath, who was not only a visionary journalist but also a freedom fighter. Initially it hit the stands as a weekly paper from Silchar. Later in the 21st century, the newspaper extended publishing from Guwahati in 2000, and from Dibrugarh in 2006. Kolkata Edition started from the middle of 2015, and in 2016, Jugasankha started publishing in Siiguri Edition. It is published simultaneously from Kolkata, Guwahati, Silchar, Siliguri and Durgapur. Around 150,000 copies gets circulated. It is also one of the top ten newspapers in Assam. Undoubtedly, it deserves to be one of the top media houses in Barak Valley.
- Eastern Chronicle
Eastern Chronicle, is the sister concern of Dainik Jugasankha. It is an English daily, which is published under the aegis of the Sankha Group. Eastern Chronicle was established in the year 2009 and is a national daily. Just like Dainik Jugasankha, Eastern Chronicle is also published simultaneously from Silchar, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh and New Delhi. It is the first English daily from the Eastern India which is being published from the national capital. The English version of Dainik Jugasankha is widely popular in Barak Valley and outside, specially for the section of people who are fond of English reading.
- Samayik Prasanga
Samayik Prasanga was established in the year 1978 by Taimur Raja Chowdhury. He was very much interested in journalism, and worked as a president with various newspapers. His vision towards society and news was always sharp and crisp. However, he was always determined to start something of his own. He gradually started Samayik Prasanga at Rongpur Silchar. In the year 1981, Samayik Prasanga introduced their weekly newspaper. Gradually, Samayik Prasanga started gaining popularity in Barak Valley, and thus started publishing the newspaper twice a week. The demands kept on increasing, but Taimur Raja Chowdhury didn’t seemed to be satisfied. Finally in 2003, 11th May the daily newspaper of Samayik Prasanga was launched, and it started to conquer the readers of Barak Valley.
- Dainik Prantojyoti
Dainik Prantojyoti newspaper is one of the oldest and the first daily Bengali newspaper of Northeast India. It was first named as ‘Jyoti’, but later it was changed. It started in the year 1961. The owner of Dainik Prantojyoti is Manish Das and Subrata Paul. Dainik Prantojyoti is basically published from Silchar. The newspaper covers news from all sectors and from all regions. The newspaper is pretty well-known in Barak Valley. It is published in Bengali language.
- Ishan Bangla
Ishan Bangla is one of the growing media houses, which focuses on local and hyper-local news through its platforms. However, Ishan Bangla is yet to publish any printed version of Barak Valley news, Silchar. Yet it is popular digitally.
- The Readers Time
The Readers Time is a subsidiary organization of an IT company Inteliqo Research and Services, which tends to deliver quality information and reading to its audience. It is focused to create an era of positive influence through reading. It also caters the thoughts of influential personalities from different genres. The Readers Time aims to be an online platform and might add to print media as its added strength.
Author: Sanchalika Nath