Sanjay Sawant, Mumbai Mirror, Monday, June 19, 2006
Times are changing, so is Shiv Sena.
Saamna, the party’s newspaper, whose aggressive editorials often made news in other dailies will go for a makeover from Monday.
Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece will endeavour to be more objective in its content and display without delineating from its Hindutva line, said the paper’s executive editor Sanjay Raut.
“It won’t be a blatant mouthpiece anymore as people perceive it to be. I would rather call it a family newspaper and the second in command. Like other newspapers, we have our watchword. And we are not inhibited in toeing the Hindutva line. Let’s say it is state’s mouthpiece,” said Raut.
The changes will coincide with the 40th birthday of the party.
According to Raut, though Sena was incepted in 1966, it was reborn in January 1989 when Saamna was launched.
“Today, it has become a movement that goes beyond the No.1 or No.2 rhetoric,” said Raut, adding, “Our paper will not shout from the rooftops about the changes brought in.”
Raut said the paper would remain fiercely committed to its aggressive line in dealing with the editorial content. “The changes will be in sync with changing political and social contexts,” he added.
The executive editor said the paper had weathered many a storm during its chequered existence, but has not lost its sting as a weapon of social and political change.
“With Balasaheb’s frail health, the editorial content will be overseen by Uddhav Thackeray,” Raut said.
He said, “You can say that Uddhavsaheb is a Saamna progeny and it is under the paper’s wings that he has taken his political flight.”