FORWARD Press is a monthly magazine published from New Delhi. A publication of the Aspire Prakashan Private Limited (APPL), the magazine made its debut in the newsstands in June 2009 with the cover story titled “The Victory of Aspiration”. Aspire Prakashan was founded in February 2009 by Dr. Silvia and Ivan Kostka. Ivan Kostka, who was once the Bombay bureau chief of India’s first youth magazine, JS or Junior Statesman, is also the editor-in-chief of FORWARD Press. He has had a life-long interest and engagement with Dalits, starting with the Dalit Panthers in the early 1970s.
From the beginning, the founders’ vision has been for the magazine to be a voice of the “silenced majority”, the Bahujans. The Indian media, largely owned and manned by the members of the upper castes, conveniently believes that casteism is a thing of the past and thus does a disservice to the general public by painting a society and politics that is free from this malaise.
FORWARD Press looks at majority India’s issues and interests primarily through the lens of Bahujan giants, Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, who respectively gave us the radical compass and the constitutional map for charting the emancipative future for India’s marginalized majority.
Because FORWARD Press mostly focuses on the Bahujan communities – OBCs, SCs, STs, and converted minorities – of north India, it is also India’s first fully bilingual (English-Hindi) magazine. It is intended to help Hindi readers improve their English as part of moving forward, as well as making it accessible nationally and, now, internationally.