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Daily Sakal's first issue. Published on 1 January 1932.
"Rise of the future newspaper" (उदय भविष्यपत्राचा)
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Sakal Media Group[1]
Editor-in-chiefRahul Gadpale
Founded1 January 1932
Headquarters595, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Circulation1,064,721 Daily[2] (as of 2022)
Sister newspapersSakal Times

Sakal (meaning "Morning") is a Marathi-language daily newspaper by Sakal Media Group, its headquarters established in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sakal is the flagship newspaper of the foundation publication, Sakal Media Group. It ranks among the largest circulated Marathi newspapers.

Pratap Govindrao Pawar has been in the board of Sakal since 1985 and is currently the chairman of the Group. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation's (ABC) latest report, Sakal is the highest circulated and the most sold newspaper in Maharashtra with a daily circulation of approximately 1.3 million.[3]

Dr. N. P. a.k.a. Nanasaheb Parulekar was the founder of Sakal. It is published in the cities of Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Solapur, Nagpur, Satara, Akola and Jalgaon.[4] The group's other operations consist of regional newspapers, magazines and Internet publishing, together employing over 3000 people. Its online website, eSakal, reaches to 300,000 Internet users across the globe[5]


Sakal was a classic newspaper of the pre-independence nationalist period.[6] Its idealistic founder, Dr. N.P., alias Nanasaheb Parulekar had been influenced by American newspapers during his years at Columbia University. By introducing Sakal (morning) to advance Mahatma Gandhi's movement for independence, he also showed the path to genuine daily journalism in Marathi.[7] Though it was started as a part of the nationalist cause, after Indian independence, Sakal newspaper established itself as a successful business by reporting on day-to-day concerns, not just of Pune but also of its rural neighbourhoods. By the 1960s, Sakal had appointed full-time correspondents, each with a telephone, in every town in its neighbourhood. It ran training camps for its journalists, promotions and cultural events for its readers, and letters to the editor on its front page.[6] Under Nanasaheb Parulekar, the paper maintained strict political neutrality and endorsed candidates for local, state, or national elections purely on the basis of their merit.

When Dr. Parulekar died in 1973, he left the paper with many good practices and rich traditions. It survived the first shocks of India's revolution in newspaper technology and carried on for more than 10 years.

Pratap Pawar took over Sakal in 1985.[8][9] The Pawar family turned the paper into a public limited company in 1989, and Pratap Pawar became the managing director.

List of editors chronologically

Current status of the group

Abhijit Pawar is currently the managing director of the group.[1] Under his leadership, group has launched the first and only agriculture daily, Agrowon. The official website states that it is "first media company to organize events & exhibitions as well as the first media group to implement 6-sigma processes across the company." Recently, the company has launched 515 agriculture marts in Maharashtra under the name of Agrowon Agrotech.[10][11]


In 2005, the Supreme Court of India directed Sakal Papers Pvt Ltd to pay Rs 3 crore to one of its directors, Claude-Lila Parulekar (daughter of founder Nanasaheb Parulekar) for illegal transfer of 3,510 of her shares in the company to Pratap Pawar's group. [12][8][13]

Pull outs, sections and multimedia

Sakal's multimedia platforms are as follows.


Events and activities is integral part of new Sakal. It arranges events targeting Education, Agriculture, Travel-Tourism, Business etc. Its international event, 'EDUCON' has now become the center stage for Vice-Chancellors from across the India, to present their vision about Indian higher education.[17] Property Mahayatra, Education Mahayatra, MPL, Pune Shopping Festivals, Family Health, Sakal Shopping Festivals, Sakal Edugain, Sakal Investneet, Sakal Vastu, Sakal Shagun etc. are other some of the other events. The Group started clubs for the targeted audience events, Madhurangan (मधुरांगण) for women, Young Buzz and Sakal NIE (Newspaper in Education), Family Doctor Club are a few to mention.

Pune Bus Day

Pune bus day is an event created by Sakal Media Group. The initiative was the company managing director Abhijit Pawar's brainchild and was taken to improve traffic condition of Pune city.[18] For Pune Bus Day, Sakal Media Group has taken an initiative to arrange 1,500 buses to the existing fleet of 1,650 PMPML buses and demonstrate how the use of optimum number of buses with high frequency can actually reduce the traffic congestion which are rampant in the city. The tagline of the initiative is 'Come, let's travel by PMPML bus on 1 November 2012'.
Presently, the lack of sufficient buses forces commuters to opt for private vehicles thus adding to problems like traffic congestion, vehicular pollution and increasing accidents. According to a study conducted by city-based NGO Parisar in 2009–10, the bus service run by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), was the most expensive, the worst in service and had the highest breakdown rate when compared to transport utilities run in Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Delhi.

A web based portal gives information about the bus route and other details which was developed by a pune based IT company. This portal carries real time information on bus schedules as provided by the PMPML

Pune Half Marathon

Pune Half Marathon is another popular event that falls under the Sakal Media Group's initiative. The event was incepted in 2018 with 'wellness' and 'fitness' of residents of Pune at its core. The second edition was held on 22 December 2019, and saw participation from over 20,000 runners across the country.[19] US Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom was the event ambassador for the 2019 edition that focused primarily on uplifting of the Indian running community.[20]

The first edition in 2018 saw the race collaborating with Dr Jack Daniels, a former Olympic medalist who is regarded as the world's best running coach. One of the USP's of the race was its collaboration with Dr Daniel's The RUN Smart Project that devised free individualised training plans for the participants. Dr Daniels provided specialised training talks to the participants and also mentored the whole process contributing to the successful execution of the event.[21][22] Celebrated American runner Ryan Hall was the event ambassador for Pune Half Marathon 2018[23][24]

Bajaj Allianz were the title sponsors for the race in its first two editions.

Books and publications

Other publications include the English-language daily (that replaced The Maharashtra Herald), Gomantak, Gomantak Times, a Marathi, and English language dailies respectively published from the neighbouring State of Goa. Agrowon, the first-ever daily dedicated to agriculture and farming. Apart from these main issues, many supplements are issued from Sakal Media Group like Pratibimb, Young Buzz, positive(Financial supplement), Job Buzz, etc. Sakal also publishes several books each month. It has a book publishing division ranging from a variety of sections such as health, entertainment, sports, spiritual, children, etc. 'Ayurvediya Garbhsanskar' by Shri. Balaji Tambe; 'Timeless Inspirator' edited by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, a comic strip book of Chintoo are some of the popular titles published by this division.[25]

Sakal Social Foundation

Tanishka Logo

A social wing for the welfare of the society, Sakal Social Foundation works mainly in Maharashtra. Health, poverty, education, environment, governance are some of its prime areas of work.


Sakal Group has variety of magazines. Sakal Saptahik (सकाळ साप्ताहिक). Sakal Saptahik stands at top in IRS (Indian Readership Survey).[26] Tanishka (तनिष्का) is a monthly magazine targeting women readers. Premier (प्रीमियर) is the entertainment magazine publishes ins and outs of entertainment industry every month.


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  2. ^ "Highest Circulated Dailies, Weeklies & Magazines amongst Member Publications (across languages)" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Sakal emerges as the most-read newspaper in Maharashtra".
  4. ^ "Sakal Epaper – Today's Marathi Daily – Sakal Online Newspaper". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "KD". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b Jeffrey, Robin (1997). "Marathi: Big Newspapers Are Elephants". Economic and Political Weekly. 32 (8): 384–388. JSTOR 4405111.
  7. ^ "Abstract". Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b "SMT. CLAUDE-LILA PARULEKAR versus M/S. SAKAL PAPERS PVT. LTD. & ORS". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ Pal, R. "Smt. Claude-Lila Parulekar vs M/S. Sakal Papers Pvt. Ltd. & Ors on 18 March, 2005". / Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  10. ^ Pune based consultany to launch India's first agri collective Archived 2021-11-10 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Helping Farmers With Smart Solution | Sakal Media Group | Agrowon Mart". Archived from the original on 10 November 2021.
  12. ^ "SC orders Sakal to pay Rs 3 crore to its director". Business Standard. India. Press Trust of India. 12 April 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ S. K. Aggarwal (1989). Media Credibility. Mittal Publications. pp. 227–235. ISBN 978-81-7099-157-1.
  14. ^ "Home". Agrowon. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Pune Tulsibag Global Sakal 3km Application". Sakal. Pune. Press Trust of India. 25 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Sarkarnama: Maharashtra Political News | Latest Political Marathi News".
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Transformation Through Respect: 5 Questions with Abhijit Pawar". Business Insider.
  19. ^ "Bajaj Allianz Pune Half Marathon sees massive turnout". Sakal Times. 24 December 2019.
  20. ^ "US Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom joins Pune Half Marathon as ambassador". The Times of India. 16 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Dr Jack Daniels to conduct workshops in Pune". Sakal Times. 17 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Pune Half Marathon returns on December 22". Outlook India.
  23. ^ "Ready, get, set and go". Pune Mirror.
  24. ^ "Ryan Hall to be in city for Pune Half Marathon". 6 December 2018.
  25. ^ Pawar, Abhijit. "News and Publishing | Sakal Media Group". Sakal Media Group Website.
  26. ^ BestMediaInfo Bureau, Delhi, 10 May 2010 IRS 2010 Q1: Top Magazines In Regional Markets (Accessed on 25 October 2012)