Nanasaheb Parulekar
Born(1897-09-20)20 September 1897
8 January 1973(1973-01-08) (aged 75)
SpouseShanta Genevieve Pommeret
Children1 daughter

Narayan Bhikaji Parulekar commonly referred as Nanasaheb Parulekar (20 September 1897 – 8 January 1973),[1] was the Founding Editor of Sakal, a Marathi daily newspaper, launched in January 1932. He also remained the Chairman of the Press Trust of India.[2]

Today, Sakal is the flagship daily of Pune-based Sakal Media Group, which also runs newspapers including Sakaal Times and Gomantak, and sells almost 300,000 copies in Pune district and over 1,000,000 copies across Maharashtra.[3][4]

Parulekar was a recipient of the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan.[5]

Personal life

He was married to a Frenchwoman Shanta Genevieve Pommeret and had daughter Claude Lila Parulekar, a noted animal rights activist.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Accessions List". 1976. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  2. ^ the birth centenary of founder editor of Marathi daily Sakal and former chairman of Press Trust of India.. Indian Express, 28 July 1998.
  3. ^ Nanasaheb Parulekar, Biography
  4. ^ Sakaal Times launched in Pune BS Reporter, Business Standard, Pune 7 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ Nanasaheb Parulekar Media credibility, by S. K. Aggarwal. Mittal Publications, 1989. ISBN 81-7099-157-9. p. 228.
  7. ^ "Noted animal rights activist Claude Lila Parulekar passes away". The Hindu. 13 September 2016.