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The Editor’s Desk: Some Reflections


The purpose of writing the weekly “From the Editor’s Desk” column in EPW was to offer critical reflections that would be in tune with the analytical thrust of the journal, but something that would also go beyond the two main tendencies in contemporary academic culture in India—radical sectarianism and right-wing anti-intellectualism. The editor’s desk was envisioned with the purpose of neither dampening the spirit of readers’ critical thinking nor to instal a kind of popular content that would tantalise them to adopt a romantic view of reality. On the contrary, the focus of the editor’s desk was aimed at generating a normative investment among readers rather than the governing or political classes, both of whom, particularly in the contemporary times, hardly need any kind of feedback for correcting their own political selves and their resultant actions that are replete with crises.

What was a basic expectation with these reflections was to create the possibility for transformative ideas to infiltrate rather silently in the minds and actions of the people who can safeguard them from falling into the folly of devotion or being lost to the flow of romanticism that is increasingly built up around cultural symbols and avant-garde ambitions. The editor’s desk was driven by the normative purpose of alerting us about the possibility of a politics where we do not fall into the trap of cynicism, which is partly a result of the contemporary crisis. While there are different levels and layers of crises, the most crucial one is related to the nature of politics that definitely has its roots in the past, but has become quite intensely extensive in the most recent times.

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Updated On : 5th Aug, 2023
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