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Sakal Media Group

Sakal Media Group

Sakal Papers Private Limited is a company that publishes the Daily Sakal Marathi newspaper, and is a part of Sakal Media Group. The group has diversified interests in media business, education, community network and philanthropy. The Media sector vertically operates a number of newspapers and magazines, a news channel and also publishes books. The company publishes four dailies viz. Sakal, a Marathi daily, Sakal Times, an English daily, Gomantak Times and Gomantak – English dailies published in the state of Goa and Agrowon an agriculture daily. The group publishes magazines such as Indian & Global Affairs, Saptahik Sakal, a Marathi weekly, Tanishka, a women magazine, A2Z, a Sakal weekly yellow pages and Sakal Pattern, an educational weekly. The media business includes Saam TV, a news television channel in Marathi. The company is also active in addressing social economic issues through its organizations such as Young Inspirators Network, Tanishka Foundation and Madhurangan. The group has also digital presence and runs websites on news, agriculture and magazines. In Addition, they are present in the education sector with the educational institution APG Learning. The company claims to have the highest circulation among Marathi language publications. It is operated and owned by Abhijit Pawar, who is Pratap Govindrao Pawar’s son. Pratap Pawar is the younger brother of the Indian politician Sharad Pawar who is also the President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). His party is a part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Private Limited

Business Sectors

Publishing; TV Broadcasting; Education


Individual Owner

Panhala Investment Private Limited

Panhala Investment Private Limited is involved in financial intermediation. Chandrabhan Balwant Gite and Bharati Pratap Pawar are the directors of the company. The company is registered at the same address as the other shareholder, Temblai Investment Private Limited.

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Sakaal Times (Missing Data)

Other TV Outlets

Saam TV

Other Online Outlets


Media Business

TV Broadcasting

Neo Television Private Limited



APG Learning


Mrunalini Agro Farms LLP

Other business activities

Bhordi Agro Farms Private Limited

Iron and steel manufacture

United Metachem Private Limited


Abja Developers Private Limited

Financial services

PP Holdings Private Limited

Insurance pension funding

Simaces Insurance Brokers Private Limited

Software publishing

Abhijit Pawar Media Limited

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Dr. Narayan Bhikaji Parulekar

is the founder of Sakal (means ‘Morning’ in Marathi), who first published the paper on 1 January 1932. Born in 1898, he completed his Doctorate in Philosophy from Columbia University in the United States. During his education in the US, he was very inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals and his role in the Freedom Movement against the British. Sakal was a newspaper that wrote extensively about the Freedom Movement, and highlighted the excesses perpetrated by the British. He was awarded the country’s third highest civilian honor, Padma Bhushan in 1969.


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Head Office:

595, Budhwar Peth,

Pune 411002.

Tel.: 020-24405500 / 56035500

Contact Center – 9881598815 / 9225800800




Tax/ ID Number


Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

INR 820.23 Million / USD 12.329 Million

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

INR 137.18 Million / USD 2.06 Million

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Executive Board

Pratap Govindrao Pawar

Chairman, Sakal Group, Director – Bharat Forge Limited, Director – Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, Director- Finolex Cables Limited, Director – Force Motors Limited, Director – Agrowon Smart Village Private Limited, Director- Rajgadh Agro Farms Private Limited, Dirctor – Wikas Printers and Carriers Private Limited, Director – Saam Television Private Limited among many others

Non-Executive Board

R. A. Mashelkar

Director at Sakal Papers Limited, Director – Invictus Oncology Private Limited, Vyome Biosciences Private Limited, GenNext Ventures Private Limited, Indigene Pharmaceuticals Limited, Director – KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited, Chairman – Reliance GeneMedix, Director- Tata Motors Limited, Director – Reliance Industries Limited, Director – Thermax Limited

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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The information on the management and the outlet is collected from the company website. The financial information of the outlet is not available. Annual filing of the company and director’s information were collected from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Since Sakal Media Group is not a legal entity the ownership structure is based on the Sakal Papers Private Limited. The financial information of the company takes into account the foreign exchange rate i.e, USD 65.22 prevalent in March 2019. An email on the 19th March 2019 and a courier on the 18th May 2019 was sent to the company seeking verification of the data regarding the company. There has been no response from the company yet.

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