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The Marathi language has a long history of literature and culture. The first Marathi newspaper, Darpan, was started on 6 January 1832 by Balshastri Jambhekar. The paper was bilingual fortnightly also published in English as The Bombay Darpan and stopped publishing in 1840.[1][2] Founded in 1881 by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the daily Kesari was a prominent newspaper of the pre-Independence era with a large readership. It claimed to have circulation of 3500 within two years of establishment and reached up to 22,000 during 1908.[3] Narayan Meghaji Lokhande's Marathi daily Din Bandhu, which focused on social causes of labour class, was the second largest circulation in Bombay Presidency with 1650 copies a week in 1884.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Prashant Kidambi (2007). The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920. Ashgate Publishing. pp. 165, 172. ISBN 9780754656128. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ Veena Naregal (2001). Language Politics, Elites, and the Public Sphere. Orient Blackswan. p. 210. ISBN 9788178240145. Retrieved 17 December 2015.