Saturday, June 03, 2006

List of online Urdu Newspapers, news websites and Urdu institutions, academies in India

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

India has a vibrant Urdu press and these newspapers are published from almost all the regions.

Urdu media has a unique nationwide presence. It is the sole Indian language that has mass circulated dailies in all parts of the country--North, South, East and West.

Apart from Delhi, which is a major centre, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Bangalore, Bhopal and Sri Nagar are other centres that boast of several Urdu papers.

In Southern India, particularly, Deccan region in Telangana, the five main papers are Siasat, Munsif, Etemaad, Rahnuma E Deccan and Roznama Sahara. Apart from metros,  the papers are purblished from cities ranging from Aurangabad to Kanpur, Jalandhar to Allahabad, Bhagalpur to Ujjain, Bidar to Raipur, Siliguri to Asansol, Gorakhpur to Azamgarh, Urdu papers are now being published from most of the important cities.

Top Ten major newspapers: Best Urdu Newspapers' Websites

1. Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, Delhi
2. Siasat, Hyderabad
3. Urdu Times, Mumbai
4. Aag, Lucknow
5. Sahafat, Lucknow
6. Akhbar-e-Mashriq, Calcutta
7. Munsif, Hyderabad
8. Salar, Bangalore
9. Inquilab, Mumbai
10. Etemaad, Hyderabad

Important newspapers published from Patna, Ranchi, Mumbai and Sri Nagar include:

11. Mumbai Urdu News
12. Qaumi Tanzeem
13. Avadhnama
14. Rahnma E Deccan
15. Hindustan Urdu daily
16. Taseer
17. Hind Samachar
18. Hamara Samaj
19. Awami News
20. In Dinon

While Roznama Sahara is now published from ten centres, Inquilab has expanded in UP and has more than a dozen editions in Maharashtra, UP and Bihar. Both websites also have epapers. Inquilab now has a paywall.

21. Aurangabad Times

22. Milap, Delhi
23. Pratap, Delhi
24. Asia Express
25. Taemeer News


26. Dawat
27. GAWAH, Urdu weekly
28. Nasheman
29. Chauthi Duniya weekly
31. Hindustan Express
32. Sahil Online, Bhatkal
33. Kashmir Uzma
34. Roznama Udaan


36. The Wire Urdu is the leading Urdu news portal
37. Millat Times, an important Urdu portal
38. Qaumi Awaz, the online version of the paper started by Jawaharlal Nehru
39. Baseerat, online Urdu portal


40. Roshni
41. Aftab
42. Uqab
43. Pindar
44. Chattan


61. Shahar-e-Nishat, Kolkata
62. Mazameen
63. Fikr-o-Khabar
64. Mera Watan
65. Tameel-i-Irshad


72. Rabta Times
73. Nauroz Weekly
74. Jadeed Markaz Weekly
75. Huda Times

76. Siyasat Jadid, Kanpur

Press Information Bureau, Government of India in Urdu

This is not a complete list. Many other Indian Urdu newspapers too have websites on the net. This is no mean feat. It shows that Urdu press is eager to adapt itself to new technology and is ahead of many other important regional languages that have barely a couple of papers on the net.

While major papers now have editions from Jharkhand [Ranchi] and Uttarakhand [Dehradun-based Sahafat], several parts including Madhya Pradesh have few online papers. Gujarat and Rajasthan depended on Delhi or Mumbai based Urdu newspapers.

But In Dinon has launched Jaipur edition also. It is also published from Bangalore, Saharanpur, New Delhi, Lucknow, Panta and Mumbai. Urdu Action has Bhopal and Burhanpur editions [MP]. In Jammu and Kashmir, where Urdu has a strong readership, there are many newspapers.

But the daily Udaan and Kashmri Uzma have impressive web presence. Certain traditional and influential papers like Bangalore's Pasban, Bhopal's Nadeem, popular Kolkata papers Azad Hind and Aabshaar do not have web presence.

Cities with highest Urdu newspaper registrations in India: Readership in Cities

Delhi being the national capital accounts for highest number. The top ten cities in the list include Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Mumbai, Patna, Jammu, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Kolkata.

The serial-wise list includes Saharanpur, Ludhiana, Rampur, Nashik, Moradabad, Jalandhar, Allahabad, Bhopal, Bareilly, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Aligarh, Dehradun, Fatehpur, Chennai, Meerut, Firozpur and Nizamabad.

Lucknow, Delhi, Hyderabad, Patna, Kanpur, Srinagar, Jammu, Bhopal, Ranchi, Mumbai and Kolkata are among the top cities in terms of circulation and readership of Urdu newspapers in India, now.


Roznama Jehan Pakistan

Urdu Times USA, America

Websites on Urdu poetry and Literature [Shaayri-Adab]

1. Best Ghazals and Nazms [Urdu, Hindi, Roman scripts]
2. Urdu Point [Urdu script]
3. Urdu Life [Read and listen poetry. Urdu/Roman scripts]
4. Urdu Poetry [Roman script]
5. Urdu India [Literature News, Poetry]

Of course, for reading books, you can go to Rekhta.
Though there are several other websites too, now that have option to download books or read them online. Some Urdu Akademis* [academies] also have done well, lately.

[Most of the Urdu newspapers in India didn't have websites till a few years ago. When this list was first compiled, there were barely half-a-dozen papers. But computerization began fast in the last couple of years. Recently many papers have started online editions. There are many other websites on Urdu shayari that you can find elsewhere also. The list here is my personal selection]

READ: Urdu newspapers flourish in Bihar, multiple papers published from Patna

Among the major Urdu newspapers of India are:

Roznama Sahara [Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata], Sahafat [Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun and Mumbai], Hindustan Express [Delhi], Akhbar-e-Mashriq, Aabshaar, Azad Hind, Akkas [Kolkata], Aag [Lucknow], Qaumi Khabrein [Lucknow], Nadeem [Bhopal], Urdu Action [Bhopal], Inquilab [Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Patna, Varanasi, Meerut, Bareilly, Aligarh, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Kanpur, Allahabad], Urdu Times, Hindustan [Mumbai], Siasat, Munsif, Rahnuma-e-Deccan, Etemad [Hyderabad], Milap, Hind Samachar [Jalandhar, Punjab], Pasban, Salar [Bangalore] and Musalman [Chennai].

Weekly papers like Nasheman, Nai Dunia, Gawah, Dawat and also have a strong readership and impact other than circulation. Urdu papers are also doing well in Kashmir. Besides, there are several Urdu news channels.

More Urdu links from India: Central and State govt Urdu institutions, websites

1. E-books from National Council for Promotion of Urdu language
2. Urdu Academy Delhi
3. Urdu Academy Telangana
4. Urdu Academy, Bihar
5. Urdu Academy, Madhya Pradesh
6. Urdu Academy, West Bengal
7. Urdu Academy, Haryana
8. Urdu Academy, Punjab
9. National Open School, Lessons in URDU
10. MANUU, Urdu University, Hyderabad

Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu Hind
Hamari Zaban

Urdu news channels in India

1. News 18 Urdu
2. Alami Sahara
3. Munsif
4. DD Urdu 
5. 4TV News
6. Zee Salaam
7. Siasat TV
8. Gulistan News

Several other religious and local news channels in Urdu are also available in India.

List of Urdu literary magazines [To be updated]