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Karavali Ale (ಕರಾವಳಿ ಅಲೆ), meaning "Coastal Waves" in Kannada, is a local Kannada daily newspaper published in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. The publication is owned and managed by its founders B. V. Seetaram and Rohini S. It is edited by Sathish N. Vaidya.

Karavali Ale
Front page of the Mangalore edition of Karavali Ale, dated January 16, 2018.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) B. V. Seetaram, Rohini S.
Publisher Chitra Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Editor-in-chief B. V. Seetaram
Founded 2 December 1992; 25 years ago (1992-12-02)
Language Kannada
Headquarters Mangalore, Karnataka
Circulation Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kasaragod

Since its establishment, Karavali Ale has been among the front-running print publications in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. As per DAVP 2013, it has a circulation of over 45,000 in these regions, making it one of the popular Kannada newspapers in Coastal Karnataka. The newspaper primarily focuses on local and state-level coverage, but provides a regular mix of national and international current affairs news as well. As a result of the publication's persistent political commentaries against right-wing politics, its employees have been attacked multiple times by extremists across the Kanara region, and the sale of the newspaper has been disrupted occasionally in attempts to interrupt the circulation network. Karavali Ale headquarters was also attacked by miscreants, which was condemned by the Indian Newspaper Society and the Press Council of India.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31]

Karavali Ale was established in 1992 under the parent company Chitra Publications Pvt. Ltd. The company has published three more newspapers since its inception.


Sister publicationsEdit

  • Kannada Janantaranga is a local Kannada daily newspaper founded on September 18, 1993. It is published in Kumta, and predominant in Uttara Kannada and Malenadu regions of Karnataka. The e-paper of Kannada Janantaranga is available online and uploaded daily. Ramesh S. Poojary is the editor of Kannada Janataranga currently.
  • The Canara Times, founded on June 7, 1989, was the first local English daily in Dakshina Kannada. It was discontinued at the turn of the millennium after a long stint as a periodical print publication. It now runs as an online news portal disseminating articles on local, national, and international current affairs.
  • Sanje Ale was a local Kannada eveninger published in Mangalore. It was in circulation for three years before being discontinued in 2009.


B. V. Seetaram, popularly referred to by the acronym BVSee, is the editor-in-chief of Karavali Ale. Prior to starting his own journalistic venture, Seetaram has worked at Samyukta Karnataka, The Indian Express, and The Hindu. He is acknowledged for his radical and unreserved take on various socio-political topics. Spearheaded by Seetaram, the editorial team of Karavali Ale has raked up several significant issues and has been hailed for pro-people journalism.[32]

On a number of occasions, Seetaram has been involved in controversies with local as well as national right-wing political parties and groups of Karnataka for his bold remarks on their policies. He was arrested along with his wife Rohini on charges of defamation and disturbing communal harmony. This led to widespread protests by the civil society and journalists’ fraternity, including the Editors’ Guild of India.[33] [34] Human rights organisations like People's Union for Civil Liberties and National Human Rights Commission of India condemned the allegations and the consequent arrests. [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51] Subsequently, The Karnataka High Court found the arrests illegal, and cited it as a human rights breach as well as a violation of the freedom of the press. Karnataka Home Department officials were slapped a fine and compensation in this regard.[52] [53] [54] [55] [56] [57] [58]

Karavali Ale news websiteEdit

The Karavali Ale web sitewas launched on December 1, 2016. The web portal dispenses regular updates of local and state-level news.



  1. ^ INS flays attack on 'Karavali Ale' daily in Karnataka from Oneindia
  2. ^ Press Council of India Annual Report (April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009) from Press Council of India
  3. ^ In India, newspaper employee attacked, editions torched from Committee to Protect Journalists
  4. ^ Socialise at your peril in Indian district from Al Jazeera
  5. ^ Karavali Ale Office Attacked by Unidentified Miscreants from Daijiworld Media
  6. ^ Manglore journalist beaten up for helping a woman from Daily News and Analysis
  7. ^ Driver of van carrying Karavali Ale attacked from The Hindu
  8. ^ Right-Wing fringe group allegedly attacks Mangalore newspaper staff from Tehelka
  9. ^ Seven arrested for attacking Karavali Ale staff from The Hindu
  10. ^ Newspaper pays for exposing drug mafia from Daily News and Analysis
  11. ^ 'Moral' gurus: How Mangaluru has become a breeding ground for vigilante groups from The Economic Times
  12. ^ 5,000 copies of ‘Karavali Ale’ burnt from The Hindu
  13. ^ Coastal Mangalore sees 2 attacks on journalists in less than 5 days from Daily News and Analysis
  14. ^ ‘Karavali Ale’ eveninger complains against Palemar supporters for torching newspaper copies from Mangalore Today
  15. ^ 'Karavali Ale' office attacked by miscreants from Oneindia
  16. ^ Hindu Jagarana Vedike activists prevent sale of Karavali Ale from The Hindu
  17. ^ Miscreants Vandalize PUCL Leader P B D'sa's Office from Daijiworld Media
  18. ^ Protest staged against attack on Karavali Ale staffer from Mangalore Today
  19. ^ Various assns hold protest against attack on Karavali Ale staff from Mega Media News
  20. ^ Karavali Ale' reporter attacked for write-up against HJV from Coastal Digest
  21. ^ City Journalists condemned the act of Karavali Ale vendors from Mega Media News
  22. ^ Under Hindu right, attacks on press rise in Karnataka from Committee to Protect Journalists
  23. ^ Attack on Karavali Ale staff : 2 arrested from Mega Media News
  24. ^ Press freedom on shaky ground from Kractivism
  25. ^ Wrath of the Saffron Fringe from OPEN (magazine)
  26. ^ Condemn the attack of evening paper journalist: Journalist Association appealed to SP from Kannadiga World
  27. ^ A Chronicle of Communal Incidents in the Coastal Districts of Karnataka from Sabrang Communications
  28. ^ Media Shame; Suppression of KFD goons' brutal attack on journalist for helping poor Muslim woman from IndiaFacts
  29. ^ Journalist attacked by a gang of 40 from Kemmannu
  30. ^ Global Council of Indian Christians Strongly Condemns Attack on Vendors Selling Karavali Ale news paper from Christian Persecution Update
  31. ^ Why is Naveen Soorinje still in jail? from India Together
  32. ^ Thank you Karavali Ale for putting up a true story. from a blogger at Blogger (service)
  33. ^ Editors’ Guild seeks DGP’s intervention from The Hindu
  34. ^ Media should launch united fight against fundamentalist forces targeting Press : Rajdeep Sardesai from The Canara Times
  35. ^ Murderous attack on the staff of Karavali Ale newsaper from Mangalore and disruption of circulation network by the Hindu Jagaran Vedike of Sangh Parivar yesterday and today. from People's Union for Civil Liberties / PUCL
  36. ^ Rugged Road To Justice - A Social Audit Of State Human Rights Commissions In India - Volume 1 from Karnataka State Human Rights Commission / Google Books
  37. ^ Media/Freedom of Press - 2009 from Indian Social Institute
  38. ^ Silencing Act- Kannada journalist B.V. Seetaram’s arrest highlights the intolerance of quasi-religious and other powerful forces towards criticism from Frontline (magazine)
  39. ^ ‘Press, democracy under threat’ from The New Indian Express
  40. ^ Messenger Shot, Bajrang Style from Tehelka
  41. ^ Karnataka journalist held in defamation case, handcuffed from The Hindu
  42. ^ 'Karavali Ale' Seetharam Arrested from Mid Day
  43. ^ Karnataka cops slammed for handcuffing arrested scribe from
  44. ^ Seetharam, wife undergo treatment in hospital from The Hindu
  45. ^ Media directors arrested over Jainism articles from Committee to Protect Journalists
  46. ^ Right-wing Groups Threaten Freedom of Press from Newslaundry
  47. ^ Freedom of expression under attack from The Hindu
  48. ^ 'Karavali Ale' B V Seetaram Rejects Bail from Daijiworld Media
  49. ^ In Defence Of Journalists - Nolan Shutler, Nick Chapman, Harsh Dobhal from Google Books
  50. ^ Me Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09 from Media Democracy in Acton - USA Today (The Wall Street Journal) / Google Books
  51. ^ B V Seetharam, Editor of Karavali Ale (Mangalore) arrested for statement on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal from 'Communalism Watch' blog at Blogger (service)
  52. ^ HC quashes defamation case against owner of Karavali Ale from The Hindu
  53. ^ SC Quashes Defamation Case Against ‘Karavali Ale’ Founder BV Seetharam from 'Live Law'
  54. ^ Publisher of 'Karavali Ale' B V Seetaram Released from Daijiworld Media
  55. ^ HC intervenes, scribe Seetaram walks free from Daily News and Analysis
  56. ^ Supreme Court quashes defamation case against B V Seetharam - ‘Karavali Ale’ founder from Mangalore Today
  57. ^ HC awards Rs. 1 lakh compensation to Seetaram from NYOOOZ
  58. ^ Illegal arrest, handcuffing case : HC orders payment of Rs one lakh compensation to Karavali Ale Chief BV Seetaram from The Canara Times
  59. ^ ‘Karavali Ale’ bags CWC Award for child rights awareness from Mangalore Today
  60. ^ ‘Karavali Ale’ bags CWC Award for child rights awareness from The Canara Times
  61. ^ BV Seetaram Transparency International Award