This summer has been so unusual. In the UK, we have experienced many weeks of scorching heat followed by thunderstorms which brought some relief. The political situation in Britain has not been much different. Day by day we hear companies are moving out of Britain as the prospects of a no deal Brexit is looming. In our cover story, senior journalist Rita Payne has exclusively reported how Britain’s exit from the European union could affect bilateral business relationships between Britain and India, from the perspective of a group of Indian business leaders. The recent conclusion of a general election in Pakistan has brought new hope for the future of Pakistan. During the past seventy years of its existence, Pakistan has rarely had a stable government lasting a full term in office. Corruption, military rule, assassinations and coups seem to have been a regular phenomenon affecting its socio-economic stability. In this context the former cricketer Imran Khan and his party PTI’s victory in last week’s election has been hailed as a new dawn by many observers as it shows an aspiration for a change in the right direction. However only time will tell how things might change for the people who voted him to office. This time we received an unprecedented number of poems for publications and we can only publish a small number of them due to space considerations. We have also received many articles which deserve publication, but their late arrival meant we couldn’t include them in the current issue. Yet again, I would like to ask our contributors to send their submissions on time, at least three weeks before the issue release date which is often the beginning of the month. The magazine is a quarterly one and this time it is a bumper one!
I am delighted to write to you all in this third-quarter issue of Confluence, 2015.
As usual, this issue comes with a wealth of feature articles as well as review articles written by some talented writers who come from different corners of the world.
Just a few days before the launch of this issue we heard the tragic news of the sudden death of India’s former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam was an inspirational leader who was well respected not only by the people of India but by many people all over the world for his services to humanity. We too pay our tribute to Dr Kalam and convey our deepest sympathies to his family.
I would like to share our plans for the future with our readers and contributors. Many of you know that Confluence has been published primarily in print for the last thirteen years. Even though we have a small but dedicated readership we were never able to balance our books. As I mentioned in one of my previous editorials, we pay for our printers as well as our page designer while all the contributors write on a voluntary basis only.
However, we have come to a point that we can no longer afford to print this journal and distribute free of charge. Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to run a magazine of this kind in the modern digital
era. We are competing with many mainstream publications, blog sites and digital media as well. Collecting subscriptions and posting the journal on time to all readers are also demanding tasks. Therefore, it is with great regret, I share my intention to stop publishing print issues of Confluence.
However I intend to continue to publish it online in digital format with greater flexibility and I hope our readers will understand our plight and continue to support this journal by visiting our website
www.confluence.org.uk or www.confluence.mobi which can be accessed from any computer or handheld device.