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Goa like the rest of the country has an illustrious tradition in journalism, including during the final phase of the Goa’s Liberation struggle. Interestingly Goan journalism in the vernacular field, mainly Marathi magazines and newspapers, has contributed immensely to the social and the political areas in the region. The history of Goan Marathi journalism spanning a century – from 1870 to 1970 – will be now available in a book form, ‘Gomantakiya Marathi Patrakaritecha Itihas’ (The History of the Goan Marathi Journalism).

The book brought out by journalist and ‘Navprabha’ editor, Paresh Prabhu will be soon published through the Goa Marathi Academy and covers Goan Marathi journalism right from the first Goan Marathi magazine, ‘Anandlahari’ published in 1870 to Marathi newspaper, ‘Navprabha’, which was launched in 1970.

It presents the contributions of Marathi magazines and newspapers published in the region, during the hundred-year period with sample photographs of all major Marathi magazines, variety of Marathi advertisements in the Portuguese government gazettes, specimen of editorials, and other rare information.

Marathi magazines published during the first half of the 20th century such as ‘Deshsudharnnechhu’, ‘Goatma’, ‘Goamitra’, ‘Goa Panch’, ‘Dnyayachakshu’, and ‘Gomantak’ find place in this book. It also includes articles on Govind Pundalik Hegde Desai (‘Bharat’), Dattatreya Vyankatesh Pai (‘Hindu’), Dada Vaidya (‘Prachiprabha’ and ‘Pathyabodh’), Purishottam Vaman Shirgaonkar (‘Prabhat’), Karandeshastri (‘Satsang’), N B Nayak (‘Bharatmitra’), Sawalaram Kantak (‘Subodh’), F Baburao Agashikar (‘Kala’), and Janardan Jagannath Shinkre (‘Pradeep’).

The book further presents a list of all Marathi as well as Portuguese magazines published during the pre-Liberation period. In addition, it discusses the history of the first printing press in Asia in the 16th century.

Readers of the book will also get an opportunity to know about the contribution of Goans to magazines published in Mumbai, with the book including a special chapter dedicated to this topic. Among other things, the book includes trivia like the Devnagari font imported to Goa from Mumbai for printing purpose, Marathi text published in Portuguese government gazettes, and so on. The hardcover, 264-page book is priced at `250 and will be available soon for the readers.

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