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My Thoughts on a Unique Institution

Lage Raho EPW

Let me congratulate this remarkable journal on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of EPW is the undeniable impact it has had on informing and shaping discussions across the social sciences. It caters to various sections of the population within India and globally. The unique format of a combination of academic articles and a commentary section on current affairs was designed by Sachin Chaudhuri in its earlier avatar, Economic Weekly.

Let me congratulate this remarkable journal on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of EPW is the undeniable impact it has had on informing and shaping discussions across the social sciences. It caters to various sections of the population within India and globally. The unique format of a combination of academic articles and a commentary section on current affairs was designed by Sachin Chaudhuri in its earlier avatar, Economic Weekly. Successive editors have refined, expanded, and maintained its fairness and scholarly work. R K Hazari, apart from editorial inputs, provided a strong organisational and fina­ncial base to EPW. Krishna Raj dedicated nearly 40 years of his life to make it one of the most prestigious and high-standard journals of our times. Similarly, C Rammanohar Reddy spent nearly 12 years doing outstanding work, ushering in professionalism and modernisation, including moving towards the digital era.

EPW now contains peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, research notes from young scholars, perspectives, discussions, the Margin Speak column, book reviews, and so on. The discussion section provides a space for debate on various issues and policies. Archives on the website contain articles from the Economic Weekly for the 1949–65 period and from 1966 onwards for EPW. I am sure the current editor, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, will continue the good work done by his predecessors and also face new challenges ahead. One has to acknowledge the EPW Research Foundation too for its contribution to data and research under S L Shetty and subsequent directors.

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