ZEE Marathi Disha, a weekly newspaper was unveiled by by Shri Subhash Chandra in Mumbai on Tuesday along with Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Former Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, MNS Chairman Raj Thakeray, Minister of State Shri Ramdas Athavale and the Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.
Speaking about the paper he said, “Many are wondering why this man from Haryana is launching a Marathi paper. While Haryana is my Janmabhoomi, Maharashtra is my Karmabhoomi.”
He added, “In the recent times speaking about Bharatiya culture and traditions was not given any importance at all by mainstream media however ZEE has been taking efforts in that direction. Even with ZEE Marathi Disha we will bring to the fore the culture of the state and the nation, the stories of the various men and women from the state that contributed greatly, and make the youth aware about these things to give them a new direction.”
In his tweet, Subhashji dedicated the new weekly to the people of Mararashtra. He said, “On the eve of Babasaheb Ambedkar Ji’s death anniversary, we dedicate the ‘ZEE Marathi Disha’ to the people of Maharashtra as an effort to give direction to the field of literature, sports, entertainment, politics, which gives the country a direction like a constitution does.”
Devendra Fadnavis ji said, “One may be surprised that a group like Zee, which is well-entrenched in electronic media, is turning towards print. But then, Subhashji is extremely courageous kind if personality. Subhashji is known for his innovative spirit. I am sure that like Sukh Warta on Zee 24 Taas, Disha, too, will provide much needed positivity to the society at large.”
Remembering his decades-old friendship with Subhashji, Sushilkumar Shindeji remarked that confidence was a hallmark of his life. “He faced many a calamities, but marched ahead with conviction and instilled confidence in generations with his endevours. He has been instrumental in nurturing generations with his contribution,” he said.
Raj Thackerayji praising the launch of a weekly newspaper at a time when social media was on the rise said that there was “no enjoyment like reading a newspaper.”
Ramdas Athawaleji begun his address with a poem and said that the politicians on stage were all together for the cause of Maharashtra, despite their political differences. “Our parties may be different, but our language is Marathi,” he said. He also hailed Subhashji saying that he has started a good experimentation and applauded his efforts.
Vishwanath Mahadeshwarji said ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ will lay down a new direction in journalism – ranging from sports to education. He expressed hope that the publication would add to the intellectual richness of Maharashtrians.
Leaders from different political parties came together for the launch event that took place in Mumbai to support the unique initiative that ZEE Marathi Disha brings to the print media and unite for the love of the Marathi language.