Letter from editor

Dear Reader,

The COVID-19-induced lockdown and the absolute necessity for human beings to maintain a physical distance from one another in order to contain the pandemic has changed our lives in unimaginable ways. The print medium all over the word is no exception.

For the first time in the 35-year history of Frontline, an issue of the magazine (dated April 10) remains locked down in a press in Hyderabad. Our circulation team’s efforts to take it to our subscribers and other readers could not succeed in the face of the unprecedented restrictions placed on the movement of people and goods across India. This extraordinary situation has forced us to suspend our subsequent print editions dated April 24 and May 8, which, true to our commitment to socially responsible journalism, offer fresh perspectives and insights into the Indian people's struggle against the invisible threat to their lives and the challenges an overwhelming majority of them are facing in earning their livelihoods on account of the lockdown. These editions are now available as e-magazines on our web site frontline.thehindu.com

Our team has been working tirelessly to bring to our long-standing loyal readers and increasing number of young converts, journalism of the highest ethical and professional standards, including, typically, analytical long-form articles that are fact-based and non-sensational, even while following the unavoidable restrictions imposed by the lockdown.

As the distribution of printed copies is unlikely to resume any time soon, Frontline will come to you only through the digital platform until the return of normality. This may be the new normal for our readers. We are grateful for the patronage of our print subscribers who I am sure miss the feel and look of Frontline besides its rich content. I am equally sure that they will continue to support the magazine in its digital form. The resources needed to keep up the good work that Frontline has been doing in the past 35-odd years are immense. Subscriber support is absolutely essential for this. An advantage we offer for online subscribers is the access they get to the treasure trove in our Archives, built up over the years with reports and articles on social, political, economic and cultural issues in a world that has been changing faster that what we could imagine.

Indeed, the world, after many centuries of evolution, is going back to the basics. We at Frontline have kept a steady focus on these fundamentals in the last three decades and more. Readers who have been part of this journey are our source of strength.

Subscribing to the online edition, I am confident, will make it a mutually beneficial journey.


R. Vijaya Sankar