Founded in 1946, Indo-Iranica was the quarterly organ of the Iran Society of Calcutta, published in the months of July, October, January and April. The journal aimed at ‘the intellectual collaboration and cultural understanding between Iran and India’. The journal was run by a Board of Editors comprising an Editor-in-Chief, Resident Editors, Corresponding Editors and a Managing Editor. B.C. Law was the Editor-in-Chief in 1947 with M. Ishaque as the Managing Editor. Printed at the Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta, the journal was provided free to the members of the Society. Later on, Indo-Iranica came to be published under the patronage of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. The journal published special issues occasionally. For example, in 1952 (Vol. 5, No. 4), Indo-Iranica brought out an Al Biruni Number. The journal had two sections – English and Persian.
The journal published essays, commentaries, speeches, documents, translations, reports, reviews, and news. Literature and history were the two core subjects covered by the journal. Published articles included M. Ishaque’s ‘Rudaki, the Father of Neo-Persian Poetry’; Batakrishna Ghosh’s ‘Pre-Zoroastrian Iran’; G. Messina’s ‘Al-Biruni and the Beginning of Christianity at Merv’; and Syed Hasan Barani’s ‘Al Biruni’s Scientific Achievements’. Translations included H.G. Keene’s translation of Umar Khayyam’s Ruba’i. The journal also reproduced important documents and speeches such as the Letter of Queen Elizabeth of England to Tahmasp I, Shah of Persia or the speech of Dr Mohammad Mossadegh, Prime Minister of Iran, delivered at a meeting of the Deputies of Majless on 12 April 1952. The journal also published proceedings of the annual general meetings of the Iran Society along with extracts from the Society’s Annual Reports, Balance Sheet of annual accounts and presidential addresses delivered at those meetings. The section ‘News’ carried information about programs, seminars and other activities of the Society as well as letters and correspondences. The journal also published university notices, particularly those of Calcutta University and Tehran University.