Why the Maidan
No process is sacred; no revolution has been perfect so far. We seek new avenues in the relationships between society and state, between state and people, between men and women, between nations, states and the environment, between the state, its laws and the goals of social transformation.
The Maidan is a forum for exchanging news, views and reviews on widest variations of grassroots movements run by disparate ideological-political-cultural forces — reds and greens, advocates of parliamentary and revolutionary politics, Marxists, Gandhians, socialists, reformists, anarchists, traditionalists, modernists, feminists and secularists of all hues, and votaries of representative and direct democracy.
If you are angry and fed up with the prevailing polity and bored with the banality of conventional tit-for-tat partisan opposition politics by self-serving political parties and the unserious stereotypes thrown up by mainstream media, if you are thinking of new ways to capture the public imagination and become the real change agents, this new forum is yours. If you are a believer in the potential of alternative media, we invite you all to dissent and dissect old ideas of governance and promote innovative thinking about the rulers and the ruled. The Maidan invites you to initiate and join the dialogue and debate among your fellow travellers not only about means and ends but also to search for the ways to stand in solidarity with one another and join hands in action at the grassroots.
The Maidan welcomes your own original reports, analysis and comments not exceeding 3,000 words. It reserves the right to reject any submission that does not meet its standards or objectives and will not entertain explicitly violent or sexual material or material that does not respect human dignity or offends minorities on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities or personal beliefs.
A maximum of eight photographs may be accommodated in a story, preferably in .jpg or .jpeg format. Videos should be in mpeg format and compressed. Online submissions should be made in the body of the email or in an attachment.
Please state clearly in a line or two how you would like to be introduced as an author. Accepted articles may be edited to enhance readability, which means there may be some delay in publication. Major editorial changes will be discussed with the authors. Normally, an acknowledgement will be made within three days.
The contributors remain responsible for the views expressed in their articles and for authenticity of the news they provide. They retain all rights and allow the Maidan to publish their work in an issue and to archive it for posterity.
Any material published on the Maidan may be used by any other media with proper acknowledgement of the author and the source. However, the Maidan will not be responsible nor can it be held liable for any consideration if other media reproduce an article without showing this courtesy.
The Maidan cannot pay contributors as it is a free magazine run entirely by volunteers.
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