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The Lifeline of Indian Social Sciences

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Like most scholars of South Asia, I was introduced to the EPW very early in my academic life, during my student days in the 1980s. It was in the EPW that we looked for authentic and interesting scholarship on the social, economic and political life of contem­porary India. I remember spending hours in libraries locating old issues of the journal and scanning through a range of subjects. I also remember occasionally feeling frustrated when one discovered that an enterprising, lazy fellow scholar had torn away the pages that had the paper one was looking forward to read.EPW was not simply a professional journal, it represented something more, a kind of scholarship that was truthful and critical at the same time. One could disagree with the arguments presented there, but one still respected the scholar, perhaps simply because they had been published in EPW.

I still remember very vividly when I received my first letter from Krishna Raj, sometime in 1994, informing me that EPW was going to publish the paper that I had submitted to them. I felt an enormous sense of pride as I shared the news with whomsoever I met. Publishing in EPW continues to be one of the greatest sources of professional satisfaction for me even today. It gives me a sense of accomplishment that I do not get by publishing anywhere else. And, I believe, this is also true of a very large number of fellow scholars working in different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and doing research in/on South Asia. I have often encountered this not only among younger scholars of the current generation, but also among the senior scholars from different parts of the world. For many of us, having a “special article” published in EPW has much greater value than publishing in any of the other “refereed journals” in our respective fields in the social sciences.

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Updated On : 6th Jan, 2017

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