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This advertisement is for the magazine Indian Writing, which was based in the Bibliophile Bookshop throughout its irregular publication between 1940 and 1945.

Indian Writing featured ‘stories, articles and reviews’ and with V K Krishna Menon at its helm as editor, the magazine became a platform for radical, anti-colonial South Asians based in London, who often found themselves excluded from the literary establishment.

As well as providing a much-needed space to nurture a reviewing culture of Indian literary works, the magazine offered a critique on Indo-British relations. Articles included commentary on the Cripps mission to India, a critique of the BBC’s Allied War Propaganda and objections to the use of Indian soldiers as ‘cannon fodder’. Contributors included Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mulk Raj Anand. It often revealed the tensions between nationalism, anti-fascism and anti-imperialism during the World War Two period.

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Life and letters and the London mercury and bookman
1940, London
Brendin Pub. Co
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