Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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History lessons in growth pains

By Pawan Dhall

As Varta webzine starts off on its eighth year, a look at what its predecessor Pravartak was focusing on around the same time of the year in 1997
This graphic is a snapshot of two pages from the January-July 1997 issue of ‘Pravartak’ journal, which was published by the erstwhile Kolkata-based queer support group Counsel Club in the 1990s. The pages are opened up flat. The focus is on the right hand side page where the headline of the editorial ‘Growth Pains’ is prominently visible below the name of the editorial column ‘Periscope’. The editorial is signed off by Counsel Club members Partha and Pawan. The journal dateline is visible on the bottom page margin. The article text itself is not readable. The left hand side page carries information on the journal editorial team, suggested contribution for the journal and its subscription details. The snapshot of the two pages is presented at a slant against an attractively patterned background of pink and grey. The pages show a certain degree of wear and tear and yellowing given that they are part of archival material going back to the 1990s. Graphic credit: Pawan Dhall
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