"Pahal" (meaning "A beginning" in Hindi) is one of the most influential literary magazines in the Hindi language that has seen uninterrupted publication since the early 1970s. Brought out by
Gyanranjan, noted Hindi novelist and short-story writer, from Jabalpur, the magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, critique and essays concentrating on issues of contemporary interest. Although the publication doesn't have a declared periodicity, three to four issues are normally brought out every year. Over nearly 35 years of publication, 85 issues have been published.
"Pahal" has held a distinct
leftistleaning right since its inception. This can be partly attributed to the fact that its founding editor, Gyanranjan, is a noted leftist intellectual. "Pahal" has always laid emphasis on depicting the complexities of modern Indian society and problems arising thereof. The issues of Dalitand women emancipation have been given adequate converage, both at literary and debate levels, from time to time.
Besides its compelling literary content, "Pahal" is also famous for the booklets that it publishes (besides the issues) from time to time--often featuring the works of a prominent foreign author, long poems and debates on topics of socio-political significance. Past booklets have introduced readers in India, often for the first time, to the works of such stalwarts of world literature as
Miroslav Holub, Afzal Ahmed Sayyedand Edward Said. A recent booklet focuses on poetry from the North-eastern states of India, often referred to as the Seven Sisters.
Every year, "Pahal" chooses an outstanding author writing in Indian languages for the "Pahal Samman", its annual literary award. As a rule, the award-ceremony is held in the home-town of the author.
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