Janmabhoomi (Gujarati newspaper)

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જન્મભૂમિ (Janmabhoomi)
TypeDaily Evening newspaper
Founder(s)Amrutlal Sheth
PublisherSaurastra Trust
EditorKundan Vyas.[1]
Founded9 June 1934
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Free online archivesjanmabhoominewspapers.com/ePaper.aspx

Janmabhoomi (જન્મભૂમિ) is an Indian Gujarati-language evening daily newspaper, owned by the Saurashtra Trust. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharastra. Janmabhoomi was launched in 1934 as an evening paper[2][3] The newspaper publishes 10-12 pages every day, including an editorial page and an op-ed page.[4] The motto of the newspaper is 'जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी' (Mother and motherland are superior to Heaven).[5]


Janmabhoomi was founded by Indian freedom fighter Amritlal Sheth, who also founded Saurashtra Trust in 1931. Initially, Amrithal created an English language paper named The Sun, which performed poorly.[6] On 9 June 1934, Amritlal started publishing Janmabhoomi in Gujarati as a nationalist publication.[4] The paper was supportive of Gandhism and instituted a policy of avoiding sensationalist journalism.[6] Jhaverchand Meghani, a popular Gujarati nationalist poet, has been connected to the paper since its inception.[4] Initially, the paper became the face of the movement against the oppression of the Kathiawar Princely States. By covering news of the Burma Campaign and stories relating to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind fauj), the paper reached national status.[6] In 1979, the newspaper started a morning edition under the name Pravasi. On Sundays, the newspaper's morning and evening editions are published together under the consolidated masthead Janmabhoomi Pravasi.[4]

In the 1970s, the newspaper had a circulation of 45,000 to 50,000 copies. During the 1980s, circulation dropped to 40,000.[4] The first feminist Novel of Gujarati Batris Putalini Vedatiya by Ila Arab Mehta was popularized in a Sunday edition of the paper. Another feminist Novel Saat Pagla Aakashamaa written by Kundanika Kapadia also gained attention from the paper.[4]


Editors in chief of the Janmabhoomi Group of Newspapers have included Harindra Dave and Kanti Bhatt (1967-1977).[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "પ્રવિણભાઈની કલમે માત્ર મનોરંજન નહી, માહિતી પ્રદાન કરી". www.akilanews.com. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Janmabhoomi E Paper". Janmabhoomi E Paper. 23 August 2019. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Janma bhoomi epaper, Gujarati Newspaper, Janma bhoomi newspaper online". www.epaper-hub.com. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Joseph, Ammu; Sharma, Kalpana (7 August 2006). Whose News?: The Media and Women's Issues. SAGE Publications India. pp. 327–328. ISBN 978-93-5150-021-6.
  5. ^ "જન્મભૂમિ ગુજરાતી સમાચાર". www.janmabhoominewspapers.com. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Thaker, Mahesh (1996). Thaker, Dhirubhai (ed.). ગુજરાતી વિશ્વકોશ Gujarātī Viśvakośa [Gujarati Encyclopedia] (in Gujarati). Vol. VII. Ahmedabad: Gujarati Vishakosh Trust. p. 429. OCLC 164765976.
  7. ^ "સવિશેષ પરિચય: હરીન્દ્ર દવે, ગુજરાતી સાહિત્ય પરિષદ - Harindra Dave, Gujarati Sahitya Parishad". Gujaratisahityaparishad.com. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  8. ^ Amaresh Datta (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. Vol. 1. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 907–908. ISBN 978-81-260-1803-1.
  9. ^ "પ્રૂફરીડર કોને કહેવાય?". khabarchhe.com. Retrieved 23 August 2019.