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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Shiv Sena
EditorUddhav Thackeray
Associate editorSanjay Raut
Political alignmentShiv Sena
Free online

Saamana (Hindi/Marathi: सामना Sāmnā) is a Marathi-language newspaper published in Maharashtra, India. The paper was launched on 23 January 1988 by Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Shiv Sena, a right-wing political party in Maharashtra. A Hindi version of the paper, Dopahar Ka Saamana, was launched on 23 February 1993.[1][2]


Firstpost attributes the founding of Saamana to Thackeray's dissatisfaction about the amount of press he and his party received in other news outlets. It has been described it as a mouthpiece of the Shiv Sena, providing a link to Thackeray that did not exist previously. Firstpost also reports that while other newspapers allowed bias to creep into their news coverage, Saamana provided relatively unbiased news coverage of government policy and civic matters. It was only news about the Shiv Sena that was biased.[2]

According to the Hindustan Times, Saamana played a "significant role during the 1992-93 riots", and Thackeray was "not beyond publishing lies and exaggerating the extent of the violence indulged in by the opposing groups and inciting Shiv Sainiks to do their worst."[3]

Bal Thackeray edited both newspapers until his death on 17 November 2012. To honour him, Thackeray's son Uddhav Thackeray named him as the "founder-editor".[1]

Currently, the chief editor of both newspapers is Uddhav Thackeray; the executive editor of the Marathi newspaper is Sanjay Raut and the resident editor of the Hindi newspaper is Anil Tiwari.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Uddhav steps in as editor of Sena newspapers". IBN Live. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The importance of Bal Thackeray's Dainik Saamana - Firstpost". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The Saamna has come of age". 24 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ " - An internet edition of Daily Marathi News Paper Saamana".[not in citation given]

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