Poet hopes Akademi will stir from its “soporific stance and act. We need to fear no one in this matter.’
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, author Nayantara Sahgal answers her critics about her decision to return the Sahitya Akademi award
Despite the attempts of the Maratha rulers and of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in Mysore to fight the East India Company at sea, their failure to develop an effective blue-water navy meant India could only temporarily stave off Britain’s advances.
The list of writers returning state honours or protesting against the silence of government cultural institutions is growing and includes Sara Joseph and Rehman Abbas.
Her announcement comes in the wake of three other awardees having returned their Akademi trophies protesting the persecution of rationalists.
The following is a short note the poet, writer and litterateur has written to the Sahitya Akademi explaining his decision to return the award he had received in 1994. On October 5, 2015, the writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her award. These are very difficult times for literature, the […]
New Delhi: After eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal, former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpeyi has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award to protest the “assault on right to freedom of both life and expression”. Voicing displeasure over the Dadri lynching incident and and a string of killings of rationalists, he also […]
Swedish crime writing is now hugely popular all over the world and the credit for that goes to Henning Mankell
I am doing this in memory of the Indians who have been murdered, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty.
Is the kind of history written by young scholars like Venkat Dhulipala going to be reduced to waging old wars with equally ageing analytical equipment?
At the tarmac, from the windows, one can see men in khaki and olive fatigues, with INSAS and AKs and heavy bullet-proofed jackets protecting their chests; eyes poking out of their helmets, searching and examining every corner. Even at first glance, Srinagar feels quite foreign. Even the architecture looks […]
An exclusive excerpt from a new book which says Gandhi was attached to the Empire and strongly believed that as subjects, Indians deserved to be treated differently than other South Africans
The moral universe we inhabited as children thanks to the Gita Press carried an unambiguous message: that what we as Hindus stood for was far superior to all else
Panaji: Here’s some good news: The publishing industry in India is thriving and regional languages is where the readers are. In Goa last weekend, the sixth edition of Publishing Next took place with 38 speakers, 160 participants and two full days of discussions and analysis of all […]
This is a book about Rupert Murdoch – the most powerful media Moghul in the world – and his tabloid empire in Britain. He is someone who uses the clout of his myriad media outlets to browbeat, bully and destroy politicians he does not like, even as he openly […]
In my current pre-occupations with the depressing state of world affairs, the arrival of a book, Firaq Gorakhpuri: The Poet of Pain and Ecstasy, for review, provided relief. The author, Ajai Mansingh claims to be a relative of Firaq. This intrigued me. Raghupati Sahai ‘Firaq’, was a straightforward […]
Indian scholars tend to brush over Gandhi’s racist attitudes and ignore the resistance of the Africans to white settlers in South Africa
This year’s Man Booker shortlist, just announced, features two Britons, two Americans, one Jamaican and a Nigerian (four men and two women) and has been applauded for its diversity. Some of those considered frontrunners – such as Pulitzer winner Marilynne Robinson and former winner Anne Enright – were overtaken […]
In her first foray into translation, Justice Prabha Sridevan has brought R. Chudamani’s ordinary heroines to an English-speaking audience.
What is the RSS’s idea of “Indian culture” and when did Hinduism and its diverse and fluid iterations fructify into “Hindutva”? Akshaya Mukul’s book on the Gita Press provides some important answers.
Seema Alavi’s book is a potent antidote to the widespread but ill-informed media narrative about Muslim resistance to forces of modernity and globalisation.
Anand Ranganathan is frank about the devastating effects of counter-insurgency operations on the lives and homes of the people whom the army was meant to be protecting.
Who and what are marriage and sex for? Whose practices and which ways of talking to god can count as religion?
In this review essay, timed for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibetan Autonomous Region on September 1, 1965, Manoj Joshi looks at the recent history of Tibet and China, and the role India and US played from the sidelines
Harsh Mander’s new book is a compelling and readable work that exposes the rigid inequalities of New India
Cruelty, his most famous work, Tamas tells us, is not an extraordinary emotion. It comes naturally to us. That is why humanity needs to always be on its toes, on eternal alert.
Born on August 15, 1915, the author, scriptwriter and non-conformist continues to confound us a century later
Nico Slate provides a fascinating analysis of the Calcutta-born Cedric Dover, an early theorist of race and race relations
Avirook Sen’s book handily hollows out the reader’s confidence in the state’s fact-finding in the murder case. Sadly, it offers little of substance to take its place.
While many may associate the tactic of the hunger strike with the “nonviolent” resistance of Gandhi, most hunger strikers considered their fasting to be just as violent as guerrilla attacks and suicide bombings
The authors of a new book stick their necks out and list the 50 best classic songs of Hindi cinema.
American and Soviet negotiators sat down in New York in January 1963 to hash out a nuclear test ban treaty in secret. Months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the superpowers needed to reassert their flagging leadership. They billed a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT) as a means […]
Kashmir’s first-ever graphic novelist talks about his book and what life was like in the state in the troubled 1990s
New Delhi: The formal release on Friday of Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence, the new book by strategic affairs analyst C. Raja Mohan ignited a sharp debate over whether the foreign policy pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi really marks a dramatic break with the past or has merely […]
What international law tells us about how a guerrilla army should legitimately fight a technologically superior opponent, employing justifiable and proportionate means and tactics
The seeds planted during Partition have borne deadly fruit for decades, and show no signs of dying out. Hajari’s account of the seminal period from 1946 to 1948 is redolent with resonances when read today.
Just as the US does not fully understand the complexity of the region, China’s leaders are neglecting how this complexity will necessarily limit their power, and probably inspire resistance that diminishes Chinese power overall
Two recent books on the Chinese absorption of Tibet have received little attention in India although they have interesting revelations to make on the recent history of the region
An account of Indian television that is overly influenced by big industry players like Star.
1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]