This is the fourth quarter of TQJO. At the end of this quarter, this journal will complete a year. A mildly surprising event considering that it began as a lark. But during the year it has definitely created a niche for itself, and reached to more people than was expected when it was conceived.
Those who have followed TQJO’s journey in the last four quarters, will notice a completely new design. All the sections of all the four quarters are incorporated. Each section now has a separate content page, in addition, of course, to the main Contents page.
The highlight of this issue of TQJO is a novel by Sanjay Ranade.
TQJO’s interviews have become rather popular, we continue with our trend of two people from the same field of creativity having a conversation. In this series we have had a writer talk to a writer, a film director being interviewed by a film editor, an artist talking to another. This time we have two musicians talking to each other.
The Debate section carries a discussion on the impact of economic liberalisation on education. The Opinion section has articles by N. Vasudevan, a trade union activist, and Vibhuti Patel, a women’s activist. Ashok Chowgule’s piece on the politics of conversion, and Kumar Ketkar’s speech on India-Pakistan relationship form the other parts of this section. History section continues with yet anoher exploration of the British-India period, profiling Tagore, the journalist, and Gandhiji’s apostles. And, finally, of course, we have a special section on Rains. TQJO is a quintessential Mumbai journal (not necessarily by intent; more by default), and nothing exemplifies Mumbai better than rains.
The fourth and the final quarter is also an occasion for stock taking. The web space booked with Arya Webs for TQJO is for a year. To renew it will depend upon your response.
This also is an occasion to acknowledge the help provided by all people who have willing contributed articles for TQJO without expecting anything in return. As this is a not-for-profit venture, aimed primarily at creating space for a certain kind of writing, TQJO was not meant to, and has not been able to, generate any resources. All those who wrote, knew they wouldn’t be paid for their efforts.
The absence of resources (not just monetary) created hurdles that were both expected and unexpected. A well known social and political activist wanted to know how much he would be paid for an article that TQJO merely wanted to reproduce; and refused permission when told there was no payment involved. Fortunately, this was an exceptional instance.
Friends who made the last four issues possible have all been duly acknowledged on the About Us page. But special thanks are due to Kumar Ketkar, Ashok Upadhyay, Nilu Damle and Jairaj Salgaonkar.
They made the entire effort possible and worthwhile.
We also wish to acknowledge without gratitude the role played by a few individuals (who are important enough to be acknowledged, but not enough to be named) inimical to this endeavour. Several attempts, both subtle and loud, were made to scuttle TQJO. They failed because we did not let them succeed.
Cat & 2 Monkeys (C&2Ms) Media
Dotcoms took the world by storm in the late 1990s. By 2001 they were dead, buried and forgotten. That is when Cat and 2 Monkeys (C&2Ms) Media decided that it was the right time to start a dotcom. It does not have any grand plans to reinvent the wheel. It only has this small wish to make a difference. Whether it will or it won’t will depend entirely on whether The Quarterly Journal of Opinion will succeed in generating an interest in the issues it raises, and motivate people to engage in democratic debate. That is really a humble target. C&2Ms Media is, of course, interested in getting more and more people to visit And turning those who visit the site into contributors.
No, C&2Ms Media isn’t interested in seeking financial contribution; it only wishes people contribute ideas, opinions, articles — the written word. Content will forever remain the King. And, TQJO desires to become a special platform for people who wish to do something different, something creative, something that would make a difference, at least to them, if not to the world.
One of the biggest problems that TQJO faces is of branding. And, in this globalised world, what is a product worth if it faces a branding problem? Looking at the cross-section of comments that TQJO has received, TQJO appears to have become all things to all people, which isn’t quite so bad. What is bad is the unnecessary and incorrect comparisons to existing and past journals, both Indian and other. If nothing else, TQJO is original. People who have created it like to believe that it is unique, and work hard to make it so.
It is perhaps necessary to reiterate the reason for launching TQJO. It was started to create a platform for democratic debate. It will constantly endeavour to involve disparate voices in an attempt to make the coimplexities of our society slightly easier to comprehend. The other aspect of the journal that needs to be emphasised is that it is a not-for-profit venture. The journal has been self-financed, and it does not have any plans to accept any sort of financial support or assistance. The help and support we need is to make it more popular, and to reach out to more and more people..