In Purushottam Agrawal’s Debut Novel, a Disturbingly Familiar Dystopia

“My novel is dark because I wrote it in a state of bechaini [anxiety]. In truth, I would like to think of myself as in a state of neither extreme pessimism nor optimism.”

So said writer-academic Purushottam Agrawal, responding to filmmaker Govind Nihalani, during the spirited conversation that took place between them at the India International Centre on March 9, about writing, freedom, and technology.

On the JNU campus. Source: JNU

Teaching History in ‘Argumentative’ JNU

At JNU we love a good argument. We can spend incalculable hours arguing over anything. Tutorial and seminar discussions go on for hours, often we have to plead with the audience in conferences to make it that one last question and meetings drag on endlessly with everyone wanting to have a say. It is precisely this environment that makes JNU a good place to think, reflect and discuss.