Deshabhimani is a Malayalam newspaper and the organ of the Kerala State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It started as a weekly in Calicut on 6 September 1942 and converted to a daily in 1946.[2] The paper now has ten different printing centres: Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kannur, Kottayam, Trichur, Palakkad, Alappuzha, Kollam and Malappuram. At present, Puthalath Dinesan State Secretariat Member of the CPI(M) is the Chief Editor of the paper, K.J. Thomas, CPI(M) , secretariat member of the CPI(M), the General Manager and V. B Parameshwaran, the Resident Editor.

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Kerala State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Editor-in-chiefPuthalath Dinesan
EditorV. B. Parameswaran
General managerK. J. Thomas
Political alignmentLeft
HeadquartersTrivandrum, Kerala
Circulation625,798 (December 2018)[1]
Free online

Deshabhimani is the third-largest Malayalam language newspaper by circulation.[1] As of Indian Readership Survey of 2010, it was also in the third position in terms of readership in Kerala, after Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhumi.[3]

The news website is published under a public open license CC-BY 4.0.[4]


Deshabhimani has a predecessor, Prabhatham (which means 'Dawn'). It was started in 1935 and was the manifesto of the socialist group in the Indian National Congress. It was in 1942, through the efforts of eminent leaders like A K Gopalan and E M S Namboodiripad (who in fact donated all of his ancestral property for raising funds for the paper) Deshabhimani started and became the voice of the Communist Party of India and later became the voice of Communist Party of India (Marxist), after the split from CPI in 1964. Various personalities like E.M.S. Namboodiripad, V. T. Induchoodan, K P R Gopalan, E. K. Nayanar and V. S. Achuthanandan, have served as the chief editors of Deshabhimani. Many notable journalists of South India work with Deshabhimani. Journalists who have worked with Deshabhimani includes P Govindapillai, Ezhacherry Ramachandran, Prabha Varma, K. Mohanan, C.M. Abdul Rehman, Narikutti Mohanan, P.M.Manoj and B. Aburaj.


  • Deshabhimani Varanthappathippu
  • Aksharamuttam
  • Sthree
  • Kilivaathil
  • Thozhil


  • Deshabhimani Varika (Weekly)
  • Thathamma (Children's Publication)


  1. ^ a b "Highest Circulated Daily Newspapers (language wise)" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ P. Karunakaran (8 September 2002). "Struggle, Survival And Surging Ahead". People's Democracy. No. 35. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. ^ Sangeeta Tanwar (10 May 2010). "IRS 2010 Q1: Dailies in Kerala lose readers after gaining in the last round". Indian Readership Survey. New Delhi, India: Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Terms of Use". Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Deshabhimani online edition