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Title Indian Affairs - A Journal of the Indian National Congress
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name N. Balakrishnan


The Indian National Congress began to publish a monthly journal soon after India’s independence. Started in October 1948, Indian Affairs was published by the Foreign Department of the Indian National Congress. N.V. Rajkumar was its editor in 1949. The objectives of the journal were to ‘promote social and cultural contacts with Indians abroad, to interpret current developments in Free India to our friends in foreign countries’ and to ‘discover the genius of other peoples for the lasting benefit of our country’. Although the journal stated itself to be ‘pre-eminently a news magazine’, it published ‘feature-items’ as well.


Published articles included Ayana Dera Angadi’s ‘Cultural Links with Scandinavia’; D.P. Roychoudhury’s ‘The Genius of Indian Sculpture’; Manohar Kaul’s ‘The Congress Policy: An Interpretation’; Shankarrao Deo’s ‘Gandhi – The Man of Action’; K.R.R. Shastri’s ‘The Autonomy of Universities’; P. Subbarayan’s ‘Sport in India’; and Dennis Mahabir’s ‘The Problem of Indian Illiteracy in Trinidad’.


The section ‘Our Countrymen Abroad’ provided brief accounts of the Indian populations of the British West Indies, Ceylon, East Africa, Ethiopia, Fiji, Malaya, Burma, Portuguese India, South Africa, Thailand, the Unites States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. Another section, ‘Indian Representatives Abroad’, carried updated lists of India’s official representatives including ambassadors and high commissioners in foreign countries.


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