Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald (DH) is an English daily newspaper published from the Indian state of Karnataka by The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited, a family business run by the Nettakallappa family. It has seven editions printed from Bengaluru, Hubballi, Davanagere, Hosapete, Mysuru, Mangaluru, and Kalburgi.[2]

Deccan Herald
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Printers, Mysore[1]
Founder(s)K.N. Guruswamy
Staff writers160 news staff (2018)
Founded1948; 72 years ago (1948)
Political alignmentIndependent
Headquarters75 MG Road Bangalore, Karnataka 560001.
Circulation253,253 Daily (Audit Bureau of Circulations July-Dec 2017)
Readership560,000 (IRS 2017)
OCLC number185061134
Free online


Mohammad the IdiotEdit

Mohammad the Idiot was a controversial short story published in the Sunday magazine supplement of the Deccan Herald newspaper in December 1986.[3]

The story was about a handicapped, half-witted boy named Mohammad who committed suicide due to the travails of his family suffering from poverty. It was a fictional story originally written by PKN Namboodri a decade earlier in Malayalam language and had nothing to do with the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It created no turmoil when first published in the Kannada language.[4] However, Muslims in the city of Bengaluru took that story as a reference to their prophet and protested violently.[5] Marchers went on a rampage and attacked police personnel in the city of Bengaluru, Mysore, and Mandya.[6] Curfew was declared in Bengaluru and its suburban areas. The newspaper's editor, who happened to be its publisher, was arrested for ‘fomenting enmity between two communities and writing articles in a manner prejudicial to public peace.’ However, he was soon released on bail.[7] The incident claimed at least four lives, and over 50 people were injured.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Deccan Herald,Prajavani,Sudha,Mayura".
  2. ^ "The Printers Mysore". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ "4 Killed and 50 Hurt in Riots Over Indian Magazine Article". The New York Times. 8 December 1986.
  4. ^ "The Taslima Nasrin "article" that cost two lives". Sans Serif. 2 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Caught in a cliché". Deccan Chronicle. 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Moslems rampage in India over magazine story". United Press International. 9 December 1986.
  7. ^ "India Moslems Riot A 3d Day Over Story". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ "4 Killed and 50 Hurt in Riots Over Indian Magazine Article". The New York Times. 8 December 1986.
  9. ^ "Violence stalks Karnataka as mobs of Muslims battle it out with police in Bangalore, Mysore".

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