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Black Lives Matter: The Wake-up Call

By Debra Nicholson, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Arthur Flowers opened the session, “Black Lives Matter: A Dream Deferred,” with a blow of a horn and a call to “walk on the holy ground of this conversation.” Carolyn Finney, Marcia Douglas, and Jovan Mays forayed right in with a discussion about Black Lives Matter and its collective […]

Messy, Messy Democracy

by Debra Nicholson, Official Blogger for the Jaipur Literature Festival/Boulder In short we are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils. –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Phillip Mazzei, 1796 A populist demagogue represents a major political party in the 2016 presidential election. Congress feeds at the trough of legislative gridlock. Lobbyists […]

Recapturing the Marginalized Voices : Echoes of the Other World

By Akanksha Gopinath, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger The task of keeping alive the indigenous traditions in a modern day world is a challenge that no member of the First Nations is unaware of. Scattered across the nation, these native American tribes – the Creek, Cherokee, Sioux, Okanagan, Ojibway, Navajo, Zuni, Blackfoot, Blood and a hundred others experience a […]

Pleasing Pollinators

By Debra Nicholson, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger/ Boulder Pollinators are dying out, and they have no choice. About 200,000 pollinator species, including over 20,000 species of bees, and various species of flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, thrips, birds, bats and other vertebrates* have given everything they’ve got, and we’ve used, abused, and neglected them in return. […]

Postwar Reflections : The Art of Deconstructing Memories

By Akanksha Gopinath, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Against the backdrop of perpetual war in our world, it is hugely important that each war is analyzed: to ascertain its moral deviations and inhuman perpetrations, and in so doing, learn enough to avoid future wars, or at the very least, mitigate against future atrocities. In his […]

The Royal Queen Mother of Happiness

Photo Source: Bhutan By Debra Nicholson, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Imagine a country that measures “Gross National Happiness (GNH),” rather than “Gross National Product.” What a cosmic reorientation of governmental priorities that would generate! Surprisingly, such a country exists. Bhutan. Or, Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A champion of this happiness-oriented country is […]

Freedom Lost, Freedom Gained: Gun Laws in America

By Akanksha Gopinath, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger The rising wave of gun violence can seem hopeless when you look at in the staggering number of firearm ­related killings over recent years. According to the Gun Violence Archive, some thirteen thousand people were killed and many more injured in the US by firearms in 2015 […]

The Rainbow Parade

By Debra Nicholson, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Watching the LGBT movement’s quest for equality from the sidelines, one might be forgiven for thinking that LGBT issues in the U.S. were all tidied up when the Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage in its ruling in June 2015 (becoming the 17th nation to enact […]

The Bipolar Feminist: Dissecting the Nuances of Modern Day Feminism

By Akanksha Gopinath, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger What is feminism anyway? It is a movement that advocates gender equality in an inherently patriarchal society, and condemns lopsided gender power equations. Yet, this simple ideology has evolved into abstruse conceptions since its inception, and its expressions vary as much as the sexism it seeks to counter. This […]

How to Read a Graphic Novel?

By Kanupriya Dingra, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger How to read a graphic novel? The question itself is misleading: the reader must go from panel to panel, and from bubble to bubble, using a layered cognition that requires much more interaction from the reader than simply reading words. There is an intake of shapes and […]

The Changing Face of Terror

Image: UA Flight 175 hits WTC south tower 9-11 by Robert J. Fisch [CC BY-SA 2.0] , via Wikimedia Commons By Gaurav Yadav, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   In the twentieth century, terrorism was typically the deployment of discriminate violence for a specific purpose. Horrific and frightening though it still was, the specific, finite nature of these objectives […]

It’s The End of the World, Again: Climate Change and The Collapse of Civilizations

Celebrating the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder: our shared world By Harish Alagappa, Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger  Anthropogenic, or human-induced, climate change and the growing crisis caused by our dependence on unsustainable energy practices should be focal points for any discussion about the future for our species. The man-made climate change crisis we face […]