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T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Politics, patronage and intellect

With the Left in decline, will EPW continue to enjoy intellectual dominance and political legitimacy?

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan 

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

How do ideology, politics, patronage and intellect interact? The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), which is celebrating 50 years of existence, provides a textbook example. It was born in 1966 from the Economic Weekly, which had been founded in 1949 by Sachin Chaudhuri. 1966 was important not only because it ensured the longevity of the Economic Weekly but also because "political" was inserted in its title.

This later became the pursuit of a political agenda, defined first, by the broad Left, and then, the narrow one. In 1966 it was still not clear what would become of that ...

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First Published: Thu, September 22 2016. 21:50 IST
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