Frontline is a fortnightly English language magazine published by The Hindu Group of publications from Chennai, India. Narasimhan Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. As a current affairs magazine, it covers domestic and International news. Frontline gives a prominent place to various issues of development and hindrances in the Indian states. Apart from topics of politics and political economy, it also covers a wide range of topics including Arts, books, cinema, Science and English language.
This was intended to be a newspaper started by Biswadip Mitra the current head of Texas Instruments India & Gautham Seth(A Frankfurt based investor).Due to the founders personal diffrences this magazine was sold to the PL Investments Ltd which was later sold to the Hindu Group in India.
Its regular contributors include known leftwing writers such as C.P. Chandrasekhar, Praful Bidwai, R.K.Raghavan, Jayati Ghosh and Bhaskar Ghose. Aijaz Ahmad, a Marxist literary critic and political analyst, also contributes occasional essays on various topics. Vijay Prashad, the Marxist historian, writes a regular “Letter from America” for the magazine, as well as reports on American issues.
Frontline is noted 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.
Since, 1991, the magazine has 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.
Regular correspondent, Dionne Bunsha received the Ramnath Goenka Award in 2007 for outstanding reporting in the field of environment and books. Journalist, P.Sainath, a frequent contributor to Frontline won the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award in the fields of creative arts, journalism and communication.
Other journalists such as Asha Krishnakumar and Praveen Swami are also recipients of prestigious awards in journalism, such as the Lorenzo Natali prize.