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Ramananda Reviewed

A tribute to Ramananda Chatterjee (1865-1943), the "Father of Indian Journalism," whose bold yet plain-speaking editorials were also lessons in how to evade censorship and prosecution while cleverly commenting on controversial realities. The who's who of the intelligentsia wrote for him at the same time as he sought to create Modern Review's identity by welcoming divergent perspectives within every issue. He aimed for clarity and accessibility of style, resisting both the flowery language fashionable among Bengali upper class English language writers and readers and the pressure to take sides in competing forms of aesthetic and cultural propaganda. In today's climate of intolerance, Chatterjee's Modern Review remains a valuable model.

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