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Somnath Patil

MUMBAI , India


SOMNATH PATIL, Senior Journalist and
Executive Editor CESR Magazine STUDY CIRCLE MUMBAI

23rd August 1956.

H-17 flat 204, Press Enclave CHS Aster, Pratikshanagar Sion Mumbai 400022
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tel 022 24091177, mobile 91- 9820537223, 9270322320

B.A. (Hons) in 1976 from Pune University.
Studied M.A. but could not complete.
Bachelor of Journalism in 1980 from Pune University.
Passed Certificate and Diploma Courses in Russian Language, in 1974 and 1975, held by the All India Institute of Russian Language, New Delhi. Gained scholarship and admission into Moscow State University in 1976-77 for an advanced course.
Maharashtra Civil Services Examination � Selected in 1984 for appointment on Maharashtra Municipalities Chief Officers� Cadre. Subsequently completed Induction Course conducted by the All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Mumbai as also other related courses in Urban Management and Administration.

Journalistic writing, preparing narrations and commentaries, reports, speeches and features, translation, editing and all aspects of print media communications in Marathi and English.

EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM (News papers, journals and specialized publications) - 30 years in aggregate.

Public Administration (mainly Local Government) and teaching.

Executive Editor - Editing various journals and publications of the All India Institute of Local Self-Government, the apex Institute in the field of Local Governance, established in 1926. This includes Sthanik Swarajya Magazine in English and Marathi and Local Government Quarterly in English as also handbooks given to municipal councilors in the state as reading material for training programmes. The Institute is engaged in training of Municipal representatives and staff, capacity building and consultancy at international level. Also called upon to teach history of the Local Government Institutions to students of some courses.

In English
Urban Maharashtra - An Overview � An informative book about the fast urbanization of Maharashtra and about the history of Municipal governance system in the state.
Towards Good Urban Life - Informative and useful compilation of important documents about the urban reforms initiated by the Government of India with a view to ensure smooth civic administration and achieve certain goals like rationalization of taxes and uniformity in civic legislations at national level.
In Marathi
Tisari Mumbai � Volume 1 and 2.
Tisari Mumbai (Third Mumbai) is an in-depth work on contemporary urban history, focusing and discussing problems of Mumbai and its neighbouring cities.
Patrakarita Vidya - Chapter on News Editing in the textbook on journalism. Kolhapurchi Mothi Manase (Biographies) - Chapters on great artists of Kolhapur.

Total association with Sakal group of newspapers - 22 years (1978 � 2001).
Last positions held - the Assistant Editor and the News Editor in Mumbai.

1978-80 - Sub Editor, Sakal Daily, at Pune
1980-83 - Chief Sub Editor, Sakal Daily, at Kolhapur
1983-87 - Senior Sub Editor, Mumbai Sakal Daily, at Mumbai
1989-95 - Assistant Editor, Mumbai Sakal Daily, Mumbai
1995-01 - News Editor, Mumbai Sakal Daily, Mumbai
2002-2006 Executive Editor, Journals of All India Institute of Local Self-
Government,Mumbai .
2007- Executive Editor, Daily Ekmat,Latur Maharashtra.
October 2007 onwards Executive Editor Daily Gavakari at Navi Mumbai.
Agust 2011, Editor Competitive Exams and Services Reference,Magazine Study Circle Mumbai

During 1978 t0 2001, played a pivotal role in the founding team of Sakal Kolhapur and was instrumental in setting of the editorial department and improving the network of rural reporters for its various editions in addition to contributing articles on rural development.

Again in 1994-95, was responsible for reorganizing the editorial department of Mumbai Sakal and acted as its head of the department.

The Paper commenced publication of special supplements about big and small and growing cities near Mumbai, which proved to be very popular and grew readership circulation in newer areas. It also strengthened the network of reporters. Editorials and column features were regularly contributed in various editions.
The gap of two years i.e. 1987-89 was spent in the service of Government of Maharashtra after being selected by Maharashtra Public Service Commission in State Civil Services Examination 1984.

With the background of amateur writing in college days, reports, news notes and articles were contributed to the district newspapers in North Maharashtra. Features and columns were also contributed to Moscow Newsletters from Moscow while studying there under students� exchange scheme in 1976-77 in Moscow State University, U.S.S.R.

Over the years, have been actively and dedicatedly associated with the propagation of the art and science of practical journalism. Often invited and involved in the teaching assignments at different levels of courses conducted by universities or professional organizations. Have attended innumerable conferences and seminars on media and communication and addressed them as invited speaker. The following assigned positions have been held since release from editorial journalism.

2001-2004 � Director, Journalism Study Centre of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.
2002 on wards - Visiting lecturer � Bombay School of Journalism (K.C. College, Mumbai).

Writing for various newspapers regularly as well as occasionally. Have contributed following regular columns:
1. Maharashtra Weekly - Political analysis and comments in 2002.
2. Kalyan Nagrik - Weekly column Mukkam Agra Road about current topics in area from Thane to Nashik including Kalyan, Dombivali, Bhiwandi for 2 years.
3. Navakal Daily - Cover stories for its Sunday edition in 2003-04.
4. Saamanaa Daily - Articles on various subjects including career guidance and agriculturists� problems for its special issues and projects.
5. Gavkari Daily �Weekly column Mukkam Post Agra Road for Sunday edition in 2005.
6. Features Diwali special issues of several publications.
7. Several informative articles for Maharashtra Government�s official publication, Lokarajya on special occasions.
8. Special analytical features about the problems of Urbanization and Local Government in leading newspapers.

1976-77 - USSR - As student delegate on behalf of Indo-Soviet Cultural Society to study in the Pushkin Institute, Moscow State University.
1977 - Great Britain � On journalistic assignment.
1986, 1997, 1999 - Singapore � On journalistic assignments.
1994 - Pakistan � As participant in the Workshop on Population Development and Journalism.
1997 - Hong Kong � for covering the Ceremony of Hong Kong Handover to China
1997 - Macao � On journalistic assignment.

1. Appasaheb Pendse Award of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, the apex professional guild of Journalists in Mumbai for the book Tisari Mumbai.
2. Barrister Nath Pai Award (in the honour of Late Parliamentarian) for excellence in journalism for the coverage of Hong Kong Handover Ceremony and subsequent newsletters.


1984 - Appeared and successfully competed the State Civil Services Examination, and was selected to serve in Maharashtra Municipalities Chief Officers' Cadre.
1987-89 - Completed induction course for the Chief Officers of Maharashtra Municipalities cadre in at All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Mumbai and other related courses in Urban Management and Administration.
2004-05 - Worked as Regional Director of the Nashik Regional Centre of the All India Institute of Local Self-Institute.
2003 and 2005 - Worked on the panel of Judges to assess the performance of Municipalities in Pune Division as part of the Sant Gadage Baba Swachhata Abhiyan in 2003, and was asked to work as its panel member again in Amaravati division in 2005.
Somnath Patil
A Journalistic Profile
Somnath Patil, a senior journalist since 1977, (50), stationed in Mumbai, India, has travelled extensively in USSR, Great Britain, Singapore, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Macao to cover various events. Notable were his coverings of the SAARC Summit at Bangalore in 1987 and the ASEAN Meet at Singapore. His covering of the historic Hong Kong Handover event was considered a highly distinguished journalistic assignment.
A well-known and versatile figure in Marathi Journalism, Somnath was instrumental in setting up the editorial team and reporters� network for Sakal Kolhapur, way back in 1980. His deft handling of editorial department at Sakal saw the paper surge ahead. His passion for journalism made him give away his selection for the Maharashtra Civil Services.
Reputed as a prolific writer, he has authored some landmark books. His Tisri Mumbai (two volumes) and Urban Maharashtra � An Overview were well accepted and evoked a great response.
His chosen subjects are Urban Sociology and Local Self Government.
He has also enjoyed an outstanding academician�s role. He has been the Director of the Journalism Study Centre of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, the 65-year-old premier organization of journalists in the region, and also a visiting lecturer of journalism for several journalism training institutes of Mumbai.
He is currently the vice president of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, elected for a second term.
He has been awarded Appasaheb Pendse Award for his work Tisri Mumbai and Late Parliamentarian Barrister Nath Pai Award for his in-depth coverage of Hong Kong handover.
His rare insight, his proactive narration style and his dedication to journalism coupled with his administrative and managerial skills make him a rare persona.

Interests: Local Government, public administration and fiction

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Tisari Mumbai
  • Urban Maharashtra: An Overview
  • Kahani Nau Dashkanchee
  • Tisari Mumbai Part 2
  • Other

  • Revadi, khaskhas Ani Tadkaa