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Frontline (magazine)

For the Scottish Marxist magazine, see Frontline (journal).
The 1 November 2013 front page of
Type Fortnightly magazine
Owner(s) The Hindu Group
Language English
Circulation 152,000

Frontline (ISSN 0970-1710) is a fortnightly English language magazine published by The Hindu Group of publications from Chennai, India. Narasimhan Ram is the editor-in-chief of the magazine. As a current affairs magazine, it covers domestic and International news. Frontline gives a prominent place to various issues of development and hindrances in the Indian states. Apart from topics of politics and political economy, it also covers a wide range of topics including Arts, books, cinema, Science and English language.


This magazine was originally intended to be a newspaper when started by founders Dr. Biswadip Mitra (the current head of Texas Instruments India) and Gautham Seth (a Frankfurt-based investor). The founders later had differences in opinion regarding the content and intent of the publication and the magazine was sold to PL Investments Ltd, which later sold it to The Hindu Group B.

Contributors and perspective

Its regular contributors include known left-wing writers such as C. P. Chandrasekhar, Praful Bidwai, R.K. Raghavan, Jayati Ghosh and Bhaskar Ghose. Aijaz Ahmad, a Marxist literary critic and political analyst, also contributes occasional essays on various topics. Vijay Prashad, the Marxist historian, writes a regular "Letter from America" for the magazine, as well as reports on American issues.

Frontline is noted for its serious coverage of issues.[1] The magazine has made it a point to analyse issues related to the working classes,[2] the unorganized sectors, tribal regions,[3] etc. in India.

Since, 1991, the magazine has opposed the economic reforms of successive governments comprising divestment[4] in state owned corporations, opening of areas like telecom and insurance to private and foreign players among others.


Regular correspondent, Dionne Bunsha received the Ramnath Goenka in 2007 for outstanding reporting in the field of environment and books.[5] Journalist, P.Sainath, a frequent contributor to Frontline won the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award in the fields of creative arts, journalism and communication.[6]

Other journalists such as Asha Krishnakumar and Praveen Swami are also recipients of prestigious awards in journalism, such as the Lorenzo Natali prize.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "'The Invisible Intellectual'". ZNET. March 11, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  2. ^ "'Weavers in Distress'". Frontline. August 7, 2002. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. ^ "'Tribal Issues'". Frontline. June 3, 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  4. ^ "'Disinvestment Designs'". Frontline. June 4, 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Award for Bunsha". The Hindu. July 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Award for Sainath". The Hindu. August 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Awards for journalists". Frontline. August 29, 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 

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