Economic and Political Weekly

Last updated on 7 September 2017

The Economic and Political Weekly is a weekly peer-reviewed academic journal covering all social sciences. It is published by the Sameeksha Trust and the editor is Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.[1] The Trust appointed Thakurta as the new editor of the Journal with effect from April 1, 2016.[2] His appointment came at a time when many social scientists were opposing the supposed removal of the previous editor C. Rammanohar Reddy, who resigned in January, 2016.[3]

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The journal was established in 1949 as the Economic Weekly and edited by Sachin Chaudhuri.[4] It obtained its current name in 1966.[5] It was edited by Krishna Raj for more than three decades[6] and is among the most prestigious scholarly journals in India,[7] having had contributions from many of the country's best known scholars.[6]

Political position

The journal is known for its strong editorial stance with a "social conscience"[8] and for taking left-leaning positions in its editorials, which were occasionally critical of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) government in West Bengal for not being radical enough.[9] The journal was harshly critical of some of the policies of the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency, as well as of state complicity in the 2002 Gujarat riots.[10]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in CAB Abstracts[11] and Scopus.[12]


EPW has licensed its material for non-exclusive use to 3 content aggregators - Contify, Factiva and JSTOR.

Contify disseminates EPW content to LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters,, Gale Cengage, AcquireMedia and NewsBank.

Factiva and JSTOR have EPW content on their databases for their registered users.


  1. ^ Paranjoy Guha Thakurta 24 January 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016
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  4. ^ On Sachin Choudhuri - the founder of a unique magazine/journal (Sixty years ago) Retrieved 16 September 2012 Archived January 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Calcutta Diary Ashok Mitra. Psychology Press, 1977 - Social Science - 206 pages
  6. ^ a b EPW readies for second innings 4 July 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2014
  7. ^ Goddard, Stephen (1983). A Guide to Information Sources in the Geographical Sciences. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-389-20403-9.
  8. ^ EPW plans editions in Indian languages 31 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014
  9. ^ Kohli, Atul (1990). Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability. Cambridge University Press. p. 150. ISBN 9780521396929.
  10. ^ "Krishna Raj". The Guardian. London. 17 February 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Serials cited". CAB Abstracts. CABI. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  12. ^ "Content overview". Scopus. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-07-31.

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