Sudharma is the only daily newspaper published in Sanskrit.
Kalale Nadadur Varadaraja Iyengar, a Sanskrit scholar, launched this paper in the year 1970 with a goal of propagating the language. He was also a publisher of Sanskrit books. When he discussed his venture with others, he had to face the wrath of skeptics who warned him of his ‘misadventure’ and predicted the newspaper’s doom.
He was, however, supported in his venture by Agaram Rangaiah, who was an editor of a Kannada newspaper and also by P. Nagachar, who was a former Joint Director of Information. Ignoring the skeptics, Varadaraja Iyengar published the first issue of Sudharma on July 14, 1970 from a location called ‘Ganapathi Totti’ in Maharaja’s Sanskrit College.
He was also instrumental in starting a Sanskrit news bulletin on All India Radio by convincing I. K. Gujral, the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of India.Mr. Varadaraja Iyengar breathed his last in 1990.
K. V. Sampath Kumar, the second son of Varadaraja Iyengar, is the current editor of the newspaper. The paper is currently published out of a press in the Ramachandra Agrahara locality of Mysore.
It is said to have close to 4,000 subscribers that include institutions and individuals, academics and religious bodies.
Sudharma’s annual subscription is Rs 400. The daily mostly contains articles on the Vedas, yoga and religion, as also on politics and culture.