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The Illustrated Weekly of India

by Vikas Kamat

Started publication in 1880 (as Times of India Weekly Edition and renamed as The Illustrated Weekly of India in 1923) and ceasing publication in 1993, The Illustrated Weekly of India was an important English language publication in India over a century, bringing together the formation, and construction of a young nation. Eminent journalists such as Khushwant Singh, M.V.Kamath, and Pritish Nandy served as its editors and its contributors included some of the best English writers of India during the 20th century.

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A Cover page of The Illustrated Weekly of India
A Cover page of The Illustrated Weekly of India

The "Weekly", as it was called by its loyal readers defined the reading habits of at least two generations during the 1970s and 1980s, when it featured well researched articles, cartoons by Mario and R.K. Laxman, party jokes, western cartoons like Phantom, and semi-nude models. A series "The India You Do Not Know" on different states of India and another on different communities of India became very authentic sources of reference during this period.

Abstracts of Some Articles from The Illustrated Weekly of India

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