With the present issue, The Teenager Today is crossing yet another milestone: 57 years of uninterrupted publication, also creating an unparalleled record in the history of youth magazines in India, all the way journeying with the young people of the country. With the unconditional support we have received from you our readers, heads of institutions, contributors and well-wishers The Teenager Today has outlived most of the youth magazines in India to become the oldest-surviving youth magazine in the country. We are deeply grateful to every one of you.
Founded at Allahabad (now Prayagraj) of the State of Uttar Pradesh, in November 1963, by the two great visionaries J. Maurus and Aloysius G. Rego whom destiny brought together, The Teenager Today has been a constant companion of the teenagers in the country and elsewhere in their journey to adolescence. We pay our homage to the visionary founders. May their souls rest in peace!
In addition to providing young (and not so young too!) people with wholesome reading material, healthy entertainment and information, the magazine has been making all efforts to bring together young people of the country, from one end to the other, speaking different languages and belonging to different religious and cultural traditions.
The founding fathers of The Teenager Today (then The Teenager) had visualised the magazine as a vital instrument of national integration, which was effectively realised in Teen of the Year, a national youth pageant established in 1996, with the founding motto “Let Your Light Shine.” Teen of the Year, within a short span of time, transformed itself into a “national youth movement” annually bringing together from across the country hundreds of young people, at regional and national levels, making it possible for them to share with one another their vision and dreams for building a better India beginning with their schools, and colleges, cities, towns and villages they live.
The annual pageant also provided them with unique opportunities to bring to the fore their hidden talents, and gain confidence to face the challenges ahead. Though due to “reasons beyond our control” the event had to be discontinued from being held, Teen of the Year, and the way it was being held, will always remain fresh in the minds of thousands of young people who were part of it as participants or organisers. We do look forward to the day when TOTY will be back in a new avatar.
As we enter another year trusting in God, and thanking Him for His manifold blessings in the life of The Teenager Today, and in the lives of all who guided its destiny over the past 57 years we look up to your wholehearted support without which our confidence fails!
Alfonso Elengikal, SSP, has the unique distinction of being the longest-serving editor of The Teenager Today, an office he held for over 17 years. He is the bestselling author of You Can Make A Difference, You Are Destined For The Skies, Let The Real You Stand Up! and Discover The Hero Within You published by Better Yourself Books.