Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: After a year, it’s time to say goodbye

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Vedant Shukla reflects on his tenure at The Declassified

As I reach the end of my term as the Editor-in-Chief of the Economics Declassified, on behalf of the editorial team and myself, I would like to say goodbye to our authors and readers. 

As the chief editor of The Declassified, you learn how to handle just about anything. You can jump from editing a piece to responding to anxious emails from the readers and guest writers to meeting with your team about the next edition of the newsletter. And all of this just in the course of a day. 

One thing I never quite learned though, was how to do any sort of deep reflection about what the past two semesters have meant to me. Even as I write this, in mid-April, my thoughts are consumed by all the things still left to be done before I graduate. But, as my friends and family keep reminding me, it’s time to say goodbye.

I’ve given my countless hours to this publication, prioritizing it over pretty much everything else. But the question remains: Why?

The answer is the importance of Declassified’s role in this campus. There has never been a day when I haven’t felt the weight of the work we do, and the impact that the Declassified can have on its readers. This year alone, we’ve put together incredible projects, presented our first ever e-newsletter, launched a National Article Writing Competition – ArtiQlate, started the Guest Writer Programme – Ecognisance and introduced a plethora of sections on our website.   

More than these, the honest reason why I’ve stuck with it for two semesters now is because of the people. I would not have made it here without the kindness and fierce examples set by my predecessor: Anisha Noronha. 

I am also indebted to the guidance of Ms. Manali Pawar, our Staff In-Charge, who has never failed to be there for us. 

I am so grateful to the hilarious, dedicated, wonderful people I was lucky enough to be surrounded by in The Declassified virtual office every day. My editorial cartoonist team, team of permanent writers and most of all, the managing editors team (Robin, Shreya, Saloni, Dhwani and Sanika) was fearless in their ambitions to improve the sections, working incredibly hard to mentor their writers and make our Declassified better. I am so proud to have worked alongside y’all and to call many of you my close friends.

Over the course of the past few months, I’ve thought a lot about what the future of Economics Declassified will look like. There’s no telling what the team will have accomplished by this time next year, or in the coming few years. 

But when I think about the FYs and SYs who have proven themselves to be some of our most talented writers and editors yet, I’m sure that the future of Declassified is in safe hands.

I also know I will miss Declassified, and my team, more than I’m willing to admit. Thank you for making it so hard to say goodbye. 

I would like to conclude by expressing my satisfaction and gratitude. I thank the Department of Economics and EcoCircle for their faith in us during this period, the authors for their contribution and the readers for their criticism and encouragement.

The opportunity to serve the Declassified and its members has been an honour and privilege we shall never forget.

Thank you very much,

Vedant Shukla

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