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 responds to criticism that it compromised the editorial independence of the magazine in the face of corporate pressure.
The former editor of EPW has been accused of undermining the review process at the journal, promising higher payments to his close associates, and making inappropriate and sexist comments at the workplace.
A number of Twitter handles that were active in defending the industrialist when his Australia project came under fire have now trained their guns on Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
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.
A selection of the past week’s multimedia stories.
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.
Former Economic and Political Weekly editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta speaks to M.K. Venu about his meeting with the board of the Sameeksha Trust (which runs the journal) about the Adani article that led to his resignation.
In the seventh episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh discusses the resignation of Mayawati, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Nikhil Wagle with Rajdeep Sardesai, consulting editor at the India Today group, and senior journalist Arati R. Jerath.
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.
The Trustees of the prestigious magazine should make it clear that they will back the Editor no matter what
The show was to run for a year but was cancelled within two and a half months by the management
Trustees say he acted unilaterally in replying to Adani legal notice; Guha Thakurta says they are not giving the ‘full picture’.
Worried about the threat of an expensive lawsuit by one of India’s biggest corporate houses, the trustees running the journal ordered the removal of articles critical of Adani Power Ltd.
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One major accusation against Chidambaram is that he manipulated the working of the FIPB to help Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel–Maxis case. An unpublished CAG report shows how this unusual deal was structured in a convoluted manner using preference shares.
The debate over triple talaq is morphing from a women’s rights issue to a larger legislative one, with proponents for a uniform civil code jumping into the fray.
Ecological economist Mark Lindley says Gandhi’s ideas about economics are unpopular in India because its middle class is more eager to jump on the affluence bandwagon than take stock of the looming environmental crisis.