Pratahkal, a Hindi daily newspaper published from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur was founded in 1979 in Udaipur. It was inaugurated by Shri L. K. Advani, the then Central Information and Broadcasting minister, in Udaipur.
Pratahkal was started by Shri Suresh Goyal, the eminent writer and noted journalist of the country, who came from the famous Kagzi family of Mewar, the doyen of which late Gopal Lal Kagzi was the pioneer in establishing the first printing press in Udaipur.
Shri Sunil Goyal, the first son of late Kagzi, put Udaipur on the tourist map of the world by publishing guides, travel and history books on Udaipur and Mewar. Sunil Goyal was the first person to put beauty of Udaipur’s lakes and palaces in vivid colours on picture postcards for the world to see and admire. Suresh Goyal is the second son of late Kagzi, who by his dedication to journalism has carved a niche for himself in the country, he accompanies Prime Minister on his foreign sojurns and is one of the top notch editors of the country.
In a world of newspaperism where almost all national newspapers of the country have made a reverse journey from national capital to state capital, and from state capital to district headquarters, Pratahkal is the only newspaper which has accomplished a forward journey of district to state, and state to national capitals, both political and industrial.
Started in the era of the second liberation of press in the country, it has seen a see-saw of changing governments and political parties at the centre as well states, keeping an equi distance from all garnering the supreme interest of its readers in particular and country’s in general. This is the only reason that inspite of stiff competition from the likes of Dainik Bhaskar and Rajasthan Patrika, Pratahkal is going great guns and marching ahead.
Pratahkal’s Jaipur edition was launched in 1997 by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, its Mumbai edition was launched in a glittering ceremony in 2001 by the then Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Shri Ashok Gehlot respectively.
Delhi edition was launched in 2007.
Pratahkal’s Mumbai edition is very popular in the Hindi speaking settlers of the various areas of Maharashtra, Gujrat and Centrally administered Daman, Mumbai forming a nucleous. Today Pratahkal has become the most reliable and leading Newspaper of Mumbai.
Pratahkal is recognised by most of the hindi speaking populace in Mumbai and suburbs of Thane, Maharashtra. Pratahkal is the only Hindi newspaper that covers the Hindi News from the urban and remote rural villages of Rajasthan and the hindi heartland states.
Pratahkal started its fourth edition from the Capital City New Delhi. Pratahkal’s New Delhi edition was launched on 15th September 2007 and was presented to the President of india Hon.
Smt. Pratibha Patil by editor and publisher shri Sandeep Goyal.
Pratahkal has proved its appearance in the national Capital by raising the voice of Rajasthan and rest Hindi speaking states of india.
Pratahkal is one of the Hindi Newspapers those are working as the true media between the Government and the masses, as the representatives of the states get the actual and complete news from their respective constituencies very same day.
Pratahkal added fifth feather in its cap by starting 5th edition in Jodhpur, 3rd inRajasthan. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur and Pratahkal cover the whole of Western part of the state including boarder with Pakistan.
After 5 daily morning editions it was time for some change and come November 2009, an Eveninger was added to the family. Sanyankal was started from Udaipur in broadsheet and was an instant hit.
After launcing its website Pratahkal.com covers Hindi News in real time like no one other.
Pratahkal has a successful partnership with the premier business daily ‘Business Standard’ for financial advertisements for last four years. This partnership has been beneficial to both the groups as well the advertisers.
Pratahkal is a state level newspaper in Rajasthan whereas it has been catagorised in ‘A’ class in Maharashtra. Pratahkal is approved by the Central Government as well.
Pratahkal Jaipur & Delhi is handled by Sandeep Goyal (09829518484), Pratahkal Mumbai is looked after by Mahip Goyal (09322273517), Pratahkal Udaipur & Jodhpur is seen by Sumit Goyal (09351718484). Overall business incharge of the group is M. L. Jain (09351548484).