Sakal began its publication in Pune on January 1, 1932 in a
novel way. Its founder, Dr. N. B. Parulekar, who with his
dynamic personality rose to eminence in Indian journalism,
announced a competition inviting suggestions for titles for his
proposed newspaper. He created considerable enthusiasm among
newspaper readers at that time. No less than 1500 persons sent
in 4000 suggestions. The title "SAKAL'', which means `morning'
in Marathi, was selected and the prize was won by a college
student. Sakal made its appearance as a small 4-page daily.
Sakal's birth coincided with the beginning of Gandhiji's mass
movement and Sakal wholly supported it. But from its first day,
from its first editorial, it proclaimed its role as an
independent daily, not tied to any political party, or to
economic or parochial interests. It has maintained this stance
unchanged for all these years and has built up traditions that
assure that it would continue to be an independent newspaper.
Thus it never sought assistance from any political party or any
industrial house even during its earlier days of financial
In the editorial of the first issue, Dr. Parulekar said : "A
newspaper is a medium of public education and of social change.
A few intellectuals of the earlier generation in Maharashtra
selflessly adopted this profession with that purpose in mind. We
deem it essential to carry forward that tradition".
And carry forward he did, in pursuit of the basic objective of
educating the masses and working as a catalyst for social
change. In addition, Dr. Parulekar created new traditions in