Evolution of Print Media in Meghalaya

Rupa Rani Sonowal


Welsh Presbyterian Missionaries contributed in the publication of newspapers in Meghalaya. Their motive was to promote Christian religious faith among the native Indians of this hilly region dominated by three major tribes. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya was the then capital of Assam and NEFA (North Eastern Frontier Agency). Their initiatives led to the translation of the religious books in the local language, which laid the foundation of the Khasi literature. Newspapers in the initial stage of its publication in Meghalaya were confined more to the cultural awakening and preserving the indigenous background against the new transition. After independence, with the growth educational and political awareness, the regional newspapers had augmented the political aspirations of the people of Meghalaya. The Government of India has recognized this rising aspiration by awarding separate statehood to this hilly region which thereafter got this name – Meghalaya. 


Christian, Khasi Literature, Welsh Presbyterian Missionaries, Regional Newspaper, Religious Books, Statehood, Tribes.

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