Mathrubhumi invites Prime Minister for Centennial celebrations
New Delhi: Mathrubhumi is stepping towards a historic milestone of completing 100 years. A newspaper that took birth with words has now evolved into media branches, by touching the heart of Malayalis across the globe. As part of its centennial celebrations kick starting on March 18, 2022, Mathrubhumi Managing Director MV Shreyams Kumar has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inaugural function.
PM Modi in principle has accepted the invitation to inaugurate the one-year long celebrations in Kozhikode. The finer details will be disclosed later. PM said that he is aware about the legacy and history of Mathrubhumi.
The meeting between Mathrubhumi MD and Prime Minister Modi took place at the PM’s office in Parliament. In the invitation letter, Shreyams Kumar explained how Mathrubhumi acted as a mouthpiece of Indian National Movement during the struggle for country’s independence. He also pointed out that Mathrubhumi has been a newspaper which received immense love of Indian prime ministers.
Notably, PMs like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, HD Deve Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh have visited Mathrubhumi.
The founding legends of Mathrubhumi bear the dignified heredity of freedom movement. They were in the forefront for social reformatory moments like Vaikom Satyagraha (social protest) and Guruvayur Satyagraha.
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi shared a close relationship and bonding with Mathrubhumi. On January 13, 1934, Gandhi visited Mathrubhumi's office in Kozhikode to unveil a portrait of Mathrubhumi's founding director K Madhavan Nair. In his speech during the visit, Gandhi spoke high on independence of the newspaper and its relevance in India.
Mathrubhumi newspaper now has 15 editions. Similarly, its weekly has been a fertile ground of Malayalam language and receives respect of many renowned persons across many fraternities.