Economic and Political Weekly
C. Rammanohar ReddyExecutive Editor: Aniket Alam
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The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) is a weekly Indian Social Science journal, published in Mumbai by the Sameeksha Trust. It is among the most well known scholarly journals in the country and outside.
History and profile
The Economic and Political Weekly was first published in 1949 as the Economic Weekly (edited by Sachin Chaudhuri), and since 1966 was re-named the Economic and Political Weekly. It was edited by Krishna Raj for more than three decades. The present editor is C. Rammanohar Reddy, a graduate of the Indian Institutes of Management and a former economics editor of The Hindu. The EPW used to operate out of a cramped rented office space in Mumbai, but a one-time grant by private foundations enabled the journal to buy its own office in the Lower Parel area of the city. It has an editorial staff of seven people dealing with author correspondence, commissioning, editing and production every week.
As of 2014, it is estimated to have 13,000 issues in print and 5,000 online subscribers. Archives from 1949 are now digitally available, and web exclusives are regularly put up. Readership is estimated to be at least ten times that figure, given institutional subscriptions and its long shelf-life. While subscriptions contribute the chunk of the revenue, the journal also depends heavily on banks paying ad rates to publish their annual statements – which run into 35-40 pages. Tight budgets mean that the journal has chosen not to invest in additional colour and design and keep the focus on the content.
The journal is among the most prestigious scholarly journals in India, and has had contributions from many of the country's best known scholars. The magazine is sometimes considered the Indian version of The Nation, an esteemed New York weekly.
The magazine publishes scholarly research and analysis on economics, political, sociology and history, frequently from some of the most well known scholars in those areas. In addition, it carries news and book reviews, as well as the editorial section. It is known for its strong editorial stance with a "social conscience".
The editorials of the EPW are known to take left-leaning positions. For instance, the editorials of the EPW were occasionally critical of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) government in West Bengal for not being radical enough. The journal was harshly critical of some of the policies of the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency, as well as of state complicity in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The journal has contributors from across the political spectrum, including Marxists, Neoliberal economists, and the political centre.
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