×

freedom of speech

bjp-in-kozhikode

The Creeping Erosion of Free Expression

The decision to put on hold the ban on NDTV India is a threat only half withdrawn because of the nationwide protests. The Modi government continues to create a toxic discourse around national security with the idea of nibbling at various freedoms guaranteed under the constitution.

Govind Nihlani in conversation with Purushottam Agrawal, March 9. 2016. Credit: Ritambhara Agrawal

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.