Deccan Herald

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Deccan Herald
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The Printers, Mysore[1]
Founder(s) K.N. Guruswamy
Staff writers 160 news staff (2018)
Founded 1948; 70 years ago (1948)
Political alignment Independent
Headquarters 75 MG Road Bangalore, Karnataka 560001.
Circulation 253,253 Daily (Audit Bureau of Circulations July-Dec 2017)
Readership 560,000 (IRS 2017)
OCLC number 185061134
Free online archives

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


Mohammad the Idiot

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


The story was about a handicapped, half-witted boy named Mohammad who committed suicide because of the travails of his family suffering from poorness. It was a fiction story originally written by PKN Namboodri a decade earlier in Malayalam language and had nothing to do with the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It, in fact, 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 4 lives and over 50 people were injured.[8]

Notable employees (past and present)


  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.

External links

  • Official website
  • DeccanHerald e-paper
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