Frontline started 22 years back.
Frontline is a fortnightly English language magazine published by The Hindu group of publications from Chennai, India. N. Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine.
As a current affairs magazine, it covers domestic and International news. Unlike many other mainstream magazines published in India, Frontline gives a prominent place to various issues of development and hindrances in the Indian states. Apart from topics of political economy, it also covers a wide range of topics including Arts, books, cinema, Science and English language.
The perspective provided in the magazine is of a strong leftist nature, wherein views are often solicited from eminent leftist intellectuals. C.P. Chandrasekhar, Praful Bidwai, R.K.Raghavan, Jayati Ghosh and Bhaskar Ghose have been contributing regular coloumns for the magazine. Aijaz Ahmad, the eminent Marxist literary critic and political analyst also contributes occasional essays on various topics.
There are two views relating to the magazine - those who like it and those who dislike it. The magazine is liked mostly by individuals with a leftist bent of thinking. Their point of view seems to be: "At a time, when the magazine space in India is occupied increasingly by news tinged with lifestyles of middle and upper class people in urban areas, mundane "gossip", sensationalism and total non-coverage of livelihood issues, Frontline is famous for its serious coverage of issues. The magazine has made it a point to analyse issues related to the working classes, the unorganized sectors, tribal regions, etc in India." However, it may be pointed out that the allegation of "total non-coverage of livelihood issues" may not be true because the coverage of livelihood issues is done to a fair extent by most Indian magazines and is not a monopoly of Frontline. Frontline also involves in a fair bit of sensationalism when it comes to issues of the Left. In fact, it may be said that Frontline's coverage of Left issues is hardly objective and is heavily biased in favour of the Left.
On the other hand, because of its strong opposition to India's economic reforms, it is disliked by many who favour free enterprise and market economies. Probably because of this, it also has a rather small subscription base. The right also feels that the magazine has a pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu bias judging by its coverage of issues relating to Muslims, jihadism (especially the jihad in Kashmir) and Hindutva.
On the foreign news coverage front, the Frontline's worldview is dominated by a strong anti-imperialist sentiment, coupled with a sympathetic reporting about leftist regimes across the world.
Since, 1991, the magazine has consistently opposed the economic reforms of successive governments comprising divestment in state owned corporations, opening of areas like telecom and insurance to private and foreign players among others.