Press And Nationalism In Tamilnadu

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Ph.D., Research Scholar, PG & Research Department of History, Government Arts College, (Autonomous), Salem- 636 007. Tamilnadu,India.

2 Associate Professor& Head,PG & Research Department of History, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Salem-636 007.Tamilnadu,India.


Tamil Nadu, a significant part of the erstwhile British presidency of Madras, had generally been a politically backyard throughout the nineteenth century in contrast to Bengal and Bombay presidencies. Only in the twentieth century did this region experience significant political change of local and national importance. Scholars in the recent past have studied some aspects of this change and have thrown new light on the role of personalities, castes and political parties. But the role of the press of this region in this context has not received sufficient coverage so far. The sources for the present study include original newspapers, records of the Government of Madras and those of the Government of India, memories and biographies of journalist, private papers and personal interviews. Most of the newspapers have been examined in original. For a few papers, for which only stray issues are available the Native Newspaper Reports of the Government of Madras have been consulted.