During an oppressive British rule of India, two Bengali brothers Sisir Kumar Ghosh and Moti Lal Ghosh were tired of the government ignoring the plight of indigenous Indians.
The journalist duo’s brainchild ‘Amrita Bazar Patrika’ gave a voice to the people of the country who had lost all hope. This Bengali weekly was named after a small village in Jessore district, currently in Bangladesh, and started on 20th February 1868.
Sisir Kumar was an idealist but he knew how to materialize his dreams. He traveled all the way to Calcutta and bought a wooden printing machine for thirty-two Rupees. Later when Jessore faced a severe scarcity of paper, Ghosh went to Pandua, to learn the art of papermaking.
He single-handedly took on the responsibilities of a compositor-printer, ink, and papermaker-editor - a true renaissance man in the history of journalism. Sisir Kumar was able to motivate the minds of a large section of the educated Indian masses. As a result, its circulation crossed the geographical boundary of Bengal and spread over different Provinces of India.
He molded 'Amrita Bazar Patrika' as a way to practice his Vaishnava values of satya (integrity), sauchya (cleanliness), tapa (enterprise), and daya (compassion).
The then Lt. Governor of Bengal, Sir Ashley Eden tried to suppress its grand success and tried to win over the ’outspoken' editor Sisir Kumar Ghosh, who nonchalantly remarked - 'Your Honour, there ought to be at least one honest journalist in the land'.