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Why so few computer mags in Indian languages?

The news that we carried last week – about Facebook available on mobile devices in multiple Indian languages, set us thinking. Why, if Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and so many others find value and business sense in launching Indian language editions, are there hardly any Indian language periodicals on computers and IT?
We did a diligent check and could come up with a lot of outdated links to periodicals in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil that started with a bang but are now defunct. At one time one could find Hindi editions of Chip and Digit monthlies on the pavements and news stands in northern states. Now, they have disappeared. TechTamil publishes a useful online edition. The Hindi Computer Sanchar Soochana has gone.  We  could not find issues of Computer Duniya after January 2012.  The  two lively Bengali computer print magazines we could find – Computer Barta and Computer Jagat –are published in Bangla Desh from Dacca, not in India. We did find another nice portal with the same name – Computer Jagat published by former students of Jadavpur University Computer Science department.
So it is with pleasure we are able to report the continuing success for 14 years now, of a Malayalam language computer print monthly, InfoKairali. Their monthly issues are bang up to date on global trends, authoritatively written by a team led by Editor Sojan Jose and guided by an advisory board that includes some of Kerala’s best known names in the computer arena, like Dr Achuthsankar S. Nair, who now heads the BioInformatics Centre of Kerala University, after a distinguished tenure at the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT); Prof Jyothy John, Principal,College of Engineering Adoor and former head of the Computer Science Dept at Model Engineering College, Kochi, MP Loknath, the General Secretary of the Internet Society of India and three other experts. From 2005 Infokairali includes a CD/DVD with its monthly issues – something only English language magazines have managed.  
We wish InfoKairali well , applaud their initiative and hope to see similar successes in other Indian languages as well .
PS: In case we missed any Indian languages computer mags that deserve mention, do let us know at  and we will correct the omission!  April 6 2012


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