Even when SLAPPs are of uncertain merit, they immensely damage prospects of free journalism, fierce criticism and accountability of power.
They should – if they have any iota of self-respect – resign from the trust and make way for new members who have more guts than them to resist the aggression of corporate billionaires on EPW.
From making the Board of Trustees more accountable to switching to the editorial collective model, there are several changes that could make running EPW smoother and more transparent.
Not only did the Sameeksha Trust give in to corporate bullying, but the fact that two editors left on bad terms indicates that the Board has not made an effort to connect with the editor or staff.
The Indian Trust Act specifically forbids delegation of trustee responsibilities. Therefore, attacking the trustees for taking fright or capitulating may perhaps be a little inaccurate.
The conduct of the Sameeksha Trust demonstrates that one does not have to be a Congress chamcha or CPI(M) apparatchik or Sanghi ideologue to undermine and devalue the integrity of a great scholarly institution.
The Sameeksha Trust has not explained its specific issues with the Adani article, while Paranjoy Guha Thakurta has said he has evidence for all allegations made in it.
A copy of the letter Mitra has sent to Deepak Nayar and D.N. Ghosh, head trustee and managing trustee respectively, of the Sameeksha Trust (which publishes EPW) about the recent resignation of its editor, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
In an open letter to Sameeksha Trust, the renowned social scientist has questioned the trust’s position on recent events at EPW and their decision to take down an article on the Adani Group.
More than 150 academics have questioned the decisions to remove an article on the Adani Group from the EPW website and impose restrictions on the editor.
EPW’s trustees are fully aware of the current attack on free speech and institutions, including the media and universities. It is bewildering, therefore, to see these concerns completely missing in their statement.
In defending Islam against critics, the preacher’s facile, tactless and naive claims about its superiority violated basic norms of tolerance. Whether that amounts to instigation of terrorism against others or is enough to condemn him is another matter.
“I have been very lucky to have a very supportive environment wherever I went. If that would be the case for everybody, women would be able to do a lot of things much better.”
In honour of Krishna Raj, the Anusandhan Trust established the Krishna Raj Memorial Lecture series on Health and Social Sciences. This year’s lecture is being delivered by Dr Eric Suba on February 4, 2016 in Mumbai.
Journalist, researcher and public intellectual, he will succeed C. Rammannohar Reddy, under whose editorship India’s most prestigious social sciences journal reached new heights New Delhi: The Sameeksha Trust, which publishes the Economic and Political Weekly, has decided to appoint the well-known journalist and researcher, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta as the journal’s […]
The following is the text of a letter sent by 101 social scientists from all over the world to the trustees of the Economic and Political Weekly expressing their concern about recent developments. We write to you today as longstanding admirers of EPW and as proud members of the […]
Life cycle rituals are always moments of tension, because they involve the continued reproduction of society as a whole. Births, weddings, anniversaries and successions are keenly watched as they signal the direction any individual or institution will take. At a time when the announcement of leaders in long […]