Published first as a 4-page daily in Pune, Sakal – the flagship brand of the Sakal Media Group – was born on January 1, 1932 and has today evolved into the voice of the entire state of Maharashtra and is a regional leader in Print, Television, Online and Event Media. The Sakal Media Group is today one of the country’s largest independently run media businesses.
The birth of Sakal coincided with Mahatma Gandhi’s mass civil disobedience movement and though Sakal wholly supported the movement, the group has remained independent, maintaining neither political affiliations nor ties to any economic or parochial interests.
Founded by eminent journalist, Dr. N. B. Parulekar, the publication got its name through a competition inviting suggestions for titles for the proposed newspaper. The title ‘Sakal’ meaning morning in Marathi was chosen out of 4,000 suggestions that poured in.
In the editorial of the first issue itself, Dr. Parulekar said : “A newspaper is a medium of public education and of social change.” This has remained the group’s philosophy ever since.
Having been born in the intellectual hub of Pune, Sakal has imbibed the virtue of ‘continuous learning’ in its approach right from its young days. This approach adopted right at the start has ensured that Sakal is sensitive to the challenges faced by the state as well as the country and has brought about an active engagement of the group with its readers.
Sakal has stewarded several social initiatives over the past several decades with many of the initiatives going beyond Sakal’s own regional markets, addressing needs across the country. Social impact and social change remains the core of the Sakal Media Group’s beliefs even today with the introduction of the ideologies of ‘Solution-based journalism,’ and ‘Emotional connection with society’ springing from these very beliefs. The group’s philosophy of ‘inclusive social and economic growth’ achieved through ‘democratic and consensus based mechanisms’ and delivered through ‘open and collaborative frameworks’ provides a universal platform to seek solutions for the issues and challenges faced by society.