I am grateful to the editors, editorial assistants and staff of MFS for keeping this special issue on course from the moment it was born. In particular, I wish to thank Ellen Carol Jones, the Managing Editor of MFS, and Patrick O'Donnell, the Editor of MFS, for their commitment to this project and for the tremendous editorial wisdom, time and energy that they devoted to the special issue. Special thanks are due also to Karen Dwyer, John Mitchell, Steve Merriam and Joe Steinbach, who displayed truly imaginative and ingenious problem-solving skills to get us past small and great snags. I am grateful to all those who contributed essays, photo-essays, reviews and artwork to the issue. Finally, I wish to thank Sagri Dhairyam for her willingness to read several drafts of the introductory essay, and for the invaluable advice and perspective she gave me on the project as a whole.
Thanks to the National Museum of Art, New Delhi, for permission to reprint Amrita Shergill's Two Women; to Amitava Kumar and Impact Visuals for the photo-essay titled "Fist is a Flag"; and to the unknown Madhubani painter who will not read this issue, but whose image of Ganesha forms the frontispiece.
Cover: Two Women, by Amrita Shergill. 10" x 13.5" Courtesy of the National Museum of Art, New Delhi
Frontispiece: Ganesha. Sketch by Madhubani woman. 13.5" x 21"
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