अनुवादक अखिल कात्याल को बधाई । जैसे अंग्रेजी न जानने वाले प्रणोय राय को जानने वालों में कम हैं वैसे ही अंग्रेजी जानने वालों में किशनजी को जानने वाले कम होंगे – इसलिए अखिल कात्याल और काफिला का आभार।
Translated from the original Hindi by Akhil Katyal
Kishen Pattnayak (1930-2004) was a socialist thinker and writer. He had been a member of the Indian parliament from Orissa. Pattanayak was the founding editor of a Hindi monthly periodical called ‘Samayik Varta’. In this Hindi essay ‘Professor Se Tamashgeer’ published in March, 1994, he understands Prannoy Roy as representative of a new class of intellectuals which came into being precisely with the changing economic policies of the Indian government in the early ’90s.
Those who do not know English in this country might not know Prannoy Roy. But knowing him is important because Prannoy Roy represents a new social phenomenon. Prannoy Roy’s fame has been sealed by the program “The World This Week” running every Friday on Doordarshan. Not unlike a magician putting on a show, it has lately become quite an art for Doordarshan to concentrate the attentions of the…
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