Rajat Neogy
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Rajat Neogy

Rajat Neogy (1938 – 3 December 1995),[1] a Ugandan of Indian Bengali ancestry, was a writer, poet and publisher. In Kampala in 1961, at the age of 22 he founded Transition Magazine, which went on to become widely influential on the whole African continent.[2] In the words of Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "he (Neogy) believed in the multi-cultural and multifaceted character of ideas, and he wanted to provide a space where different ideas could meet, clash, and mutually illuminate. Transition became the intellectual forum of the New East Africa, and indeed Africa, the first publisher of some of the leading intellectuals in the continent, including Wole Soyinka, Ali Mazrui and Peter Nazareth."[3]


Neogy was born and grew up in Kampala, Uganda. He studied at university in London and after returning to Uganda in 1961 founded the journal Transition, which soon came to be considered the leading journal of free expression in Africa. In 1968, after criticizing the Ugandan government in Transition, was charged with sedition and spent some months in detention before being acquitted and released.[4] Leaving Uganda, he moved in 1970 to Ghana, where he resumed publishing Transition, with Wole Soyinka taking over as editor.[1] Neogy then settled in the United States.[4]

Neogy died aged 57 at his home in San Francisco, where he had lived for two decades.[4]


  1. ^ a b Paul Theroux, "Obituary: Rajat Neogy", The Independent, 15 January 1996,
  2. ^ Julius Sigei and Ciugu Mwagiru, "Humble magazine that nurtured Africa's thinkers", Daily Nation, 1 December 2012.
  3. ^ Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "Asia in My Life", Chimurenga, 15 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Eric Pace, "Rajat Neogy, 57, Founder of Journal on Africa", The New York Times, 11 December 1995.

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