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Sakal is a leading Marathi language newspaper in the state of Maharashtra. It is one of the oldest daily newspapers started in the year 1932. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2017, Sakal is ranked 18th in the overall readership rankings cross languages with a readership of 10.498 million readers. It is the tenth most read paper in regional languages, and second most read Marathi newspaper. The newspaper is owned by Sakal Papers Private Limited, a part of the Sakal Media Group, which is the largest independently owned media business in Maharashtra. Along with the Sakal newspaper the company also publishes two Marathi weekly and five regional news dailies. The Sakal Papers Private Limited company is owned by Abhijit Pawar.

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Sakal Media Group


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Sakal is a daily newspaper published and owned by Sakal Papers Private Limited.
Abhijit Pawar, CEO of Sakal Papers Private Limited and his father Mr. Pratap Govind Pawar own 99.19% share of Sakal Papers Private Limited, and 98.17% of which is owned by Abhijit Pratap Pawar in the capacity of a partner of PGP Enterprises. Abhijit Pawar also holds 0.43% share in the company directly and 0.53% share through APP Media Private Limited. His father Mr. Pratap Govind Pawar holds 0.06% share of the company and the remaining 0.77% share of Sakal Papers Private Limited is owned by Panhala Investment Private Limited (0.44%) and Temblai Investment Private Limited (0.33%).

Hence, the total shareholding of Abhijit Pawar and his father Mr. Pratap Govind Pawar in Sakal Papers Private Limited is 99.19%.

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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.

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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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Abhijit Pawar

is the Managing Director of the Sakal Media Group. His Uncle is the Nationalist Congress Party President, Sharad Pawar. Abhijit Pawar is the Chairman and founder of the Delivering Change Foundation which is an independent organization working with public and non-public sectors in addressing social issues Abhijit Pawar is on the board of several other corporates in the areas of agriculture and commerce, and is a member of a few social initiatives like the Tanishka Foundation, Young Inspirators Network and Global Inspirators Network.
Abhijit Pawar is also the Director of many other companies including Mrunalini Agro Farms Private Limited, Bhordi Agro Farms Private Limited, United Metachem Private Limited, Abja Developers Private Limited among many others.

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Rahul Gadpale

is the Chief Editor and Chief Content Curator at Sakal Media Group. Prior to this role, he was the Resident Editor in the Group. Previously he was with DNA – Daily News and Analysis – as a Special Correspondent as well as the Principal Correspondent at Mumbai Mirror. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Amaravati University.

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Pratap Govindrao Pawar

is the Chairman of the Sakal Media Group. Pratap Pawar is the younger brother of Sharad Pawar, an Indian politician and the President of the Nationalist Congress Party. He has been on the Board of the Sakal Group since 1985. He was awarded the Padma Shri which is the fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India. In earlier roles, Pawar has been the President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and the Indian Language Newspaper Association. He is also Director of Boards of various companies such as Force Motor, Finolex Cables Ltd., Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. and Bhart Forge Ltd. He is also on board of director of the Pan Gulf Group Limited. He is also associated with number of social educational institutions.


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