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trailblazer Sara Miller McCune
trailblazer Sara Miller McCune

Founder of Sage publishing house, Sara Miller McCune, on her India initiatives

Wikipedia describes her as “a distinguished philanthropist and the co-founder and Chair of Sage Publications”.

But Sara Miller McCune’s profile needs some filling up.

She made the effort to make the people of this world a thinking lot.

The weapon she and her late husband George D. McCune chose for it was the printed word.

Way back in the 1960s, they set up the book and journal publishing house, Sage.

To make the printed word comprehensible to people even in the remote areas of the world, Miller spends a good chunk of money made from publishing every year to fund projects that boost primary education.

“Our preference is for programmes in which those involved remain in the community and impact public policy,” says Miller, who was in Delhi recently.

With exchange of ideas being high on the agenda, Miller has also focussed on platforms that complement such work. For instance, the Miller McCune journal provides policy options and solutions for today’s pressing issues.

An arm of Miller McCune Center in California, the magazine articles are also posted at Miller-McCune.com, thereby making them accessible to academics and researchers worldwide.

Says a smiling Miller, “The readers are finding an interest in the magazine and the authors are enjoying it too.”

For India, she says, “There is an expansion plan.” That includes getting into the regional market, mostly through translation of their English titles. The publishing house already has 12 to 14 titles in Marathi and seven to eight in Hindi. “We are partnering with local publishers to come up with books in languages such as Tamil and Malayalam,” she says. Though initially it looked like the move would kill the market for their books in English, “it turned out to be not quite so.”

Besides, the two fellowships launched last year in memory of Tejeshwar Singh, Sage’s India chapter founder, they are in the process of finding their first fellows.

“We also have a plan to increase the number of fellowships,” Miller sums up, but not before thanking her employees worldwide “for their devotion and contribution in making what Sage is today”.

S. B. P.

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