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The Gentle Colossus

Krishna Raj and the Economic and Political Weekly

A magazine is a despotism or it is nothing. One man and one man alone must be responsibile for all its essential contents – HL Mencken

THE BRITISH HISTORIAN EP THOMPSON once remarked that “India is not an important country, but perhaps the most important country for the future of the world. Here is a country that merits no one’s condescension. All the convergent influences of the world run through this society: Hindu, Moslem, Christian, secular; Stalinist, liberal, Maoist, democratic socialist, Gandhian. There is not a thought that is being thought in the West or East which is not active in some Indian mind.”

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and writer whose books include India After Gandhi and How Much Should a Person Consume? For the 2011-12 academic year he held the  Phillipe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. He lives in Bangalore. 


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