“Journalists and journalism have a special place in the social and political life of Odisha. Greetings to all my Odia journalist friends on the occasion of Odia Journalism Day, today,” Pradhan tweeted in Odia.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସାମାଜିକ ତଥା ରାଜନୈତିକ ଜୀବନରେ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ ଓ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକତାର ସ୍ଥାନ ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ୍ର। ଆଜି ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକତା ଦିବସ ଅବସରରେ ମୋର ସମସ୍ତ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ ବନ୍ଧୁ ମାନଙ୍କୁ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ।#OdiaJournalismDay pic.twitter.com/RMUARyunYq — Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 4, 2021
Odia Journalism Day is celebrated every year on August 4. On this day in 1866 the first Odia newspaper, Utkala Deepika was published.
Karmabira Gourishankar Ray published the weekly newspaper from Cuttack Printing Company founded in 1864.
Utkala Deepika came at a time when Odisha was facing several problems and played a key role in addressing the social and political life of the State.
It attempted to integrate the Odia-speaking regions in the larger interest of the Odias. It was published for seven decades straight, from 1866 to 1936.